A biography of Marlene Dietrich, the actress and singer who worked with some of Hollywood's most famous film directors. During the World War II, she established her career as a concert artist, but in her homeland she was branded as a traitor. 15 years later she made a triumphant return to Germany.
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Marlene Dietrich was the century's supreme embodiment of erotic sophistication. She was a legend, an icon of beauty and glamour whose appeal crossed borders of nationality, language, even sex, and her mystery remains as potent after her death as when she burst onto the world scene in 'The Blue Angel' in 1930. She has been the subject of innumerable biographies, most of which have served to perpetuate her own notoriously unreliable account of her life. The true story has remained elusive – until now.
'Marlene Dietrich: Life and Legend' focuses on both the woman and the myth. Where she was born, and when? Was her early career as negligible as she claimed? How much did she owe to her 'discoverer' Josef von Sternberg, and what was the true nature of their relationship? Or that of Dietrich and her husband, whom she rarely saw but never divorced? Above all, what motivated her throughout a career Bach calls 'one of the most disciplines and sustained creative acts of the century'? Steven Bach gives us – at last – the definitive biography, which will lead to a complete reappraisal of Dietrich's life and work. In his words, 'Marlene Dietrich: Life and Legend' is 'neither worship at the shrine, nor autopsy: it is a celebration, and – very often – an act of wonder'
‘Luminous as the dazzler herself… Bach's peerless account is that rare celebrity biography transcending the genre to become an enduring work of history.’
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Book Description William Morrow & Co, Inc., 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 000217944X