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As Marlene, the German-born Maria Magdalena Dietrich (1901-92) was a charismatic movie
actress of the 1930s and 1940s. Like Greta Garbo, Dietrich symbolizes glamour and mystery.
There are numerous books about the legend, including the star's own Marlene ( LJ 4/1/89).
Riva, Dietrich's daughter, here adds her account. As anticipated, Riva's perspective is unique
and affecting. Using her mother's diary, radiograms, and letters, she gives proper weight to
Dietrich's youth, her experience on the Berlin stage, her collaboration with director Josef Von
Sternberg (e.g., The Blue Angel , 1930; Morocco , 1930), and her latter-day triumphs on stage
and as a chanteuse. There are arresting tales here (father and stepfather killed in World War I; a
stint entertaining U.S. troops during the Battle of the Bulge; affairs with legends of the screen
and other arts) that give the reader a true grasp of both biographer and subject.
Recommended for public libraries and film collections.
Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 9/15/92. --Kim Holston, American Inst. for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters, Malvern, Pa. Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.