||Marlene Dietrich, Salvator Attanasio
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From Publishers Weekly
Attansio's translation from the German echoes the voice of the actress, famous since the 1930s
as the quintessence of glamor and beauty. Yet Dietrich herself and the intimates she writes about
remain obscure in the narrative, despite some deeply moving images: she makes palpable, for
example, her bewildered pain as a child in Germany during the World War I, experiences that
contributed to her sturdy independence. And there is enormous pathos in her recollections of
platonic friendship with her beloved Hemingway and with the doomed "sparrow," Edith Piaf.
Dietrich writes of entertaining the allied troops during WW II, of her SRO concerts around the
world and of her performances on stage and TV. She expresses admiration for Joseph von Sternberg, the director who starred her, an "unknown," in the film classic The Blue Angel. But
only by indirection does the memoir disclose the personhood of Dietrich, mother of Maria and
wife to the late Rudolf Sieber: "I've done my duty. I've assumed my responsibilities. That's all
that counts for me."
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