Marlene Dietrich: Life and Legend

By Steven Bach

In response to six years of study and writing, and two hundred interviews performed in 3 languages in a dozen nations, Bach's definitive biography makes a speciality of Dietrich as either girl and fantasy. includes over a hundred images, together with kinfolk images by no means prior to released, a whole bibliography and whole and proper theatre heritage, filmography, and discography.

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3. 4. 5. Six. Beginnings: 1901-1918 Weimar and again: 1919-1921 The Sorcerer's Apprentice: 1922-1923 the ideal Couple: 1923-1927 step forward: 1928-1929 The Blue Angel: 1929 II Seven. 8. 9. Ten. 11. Twelve. 13. Fourteen. Fifteen. 16. Seventeen. Eighteen. BERLIN thirteen 29 forty six sixty four eighty ninety seven HOLLYWOOD repute: 1930-1931 Empress of hope: 1931-1932 Apotheosis: 1933-1934 Tribute and Farewell: 1934-1935 Saving Dietrich: 1935-1936 Exile: 1937-1939 Phoenix: 1939-1941 domestic entrance: 1942-1943 Lili Marlene: 1944-1945 Survivor: 1946-1947 seasoned: 1947-1950 big name caliber: 1950-1952 one hundred twenty five 141 162 185 two hundred 230 248 268 288 309 326 344 III LEGEND Nineteen. Solo: 1952-1954 Twenty. again in enterprise: 1954-1958 Twenty-one. Helen of Troy: 1959-1960 Twenty-two. Odyssey: 1960-1967 Twenty-three. "Queen of the World": 1967-1975 Twenty-four. Monstre Sacré: 1976-1982 IV 361 374 390 405 422 443 go out track Coda: "Allein in Einer Grossen Stadt": 1983-1992 469 Appendix A. Theater Chronology Appendix B. Filmography 479 490 520 529 533 589 611 Appendix C. Discography Acknowledgments resource Notes Bibliography Index A word FROM the writer I spoke intermittently yet at size with Marlene Dietrich whereas gaining knowledge of and scripting this ebook. She didn't "cooperate" with it (and at one aspect attempted legally to forestall it), even though simply because I had recognized and been a pupil of her nice director, Josef von Sternberg, she gave me the chance to event her as a beneficiant, clever, sympathetic, sensible, and witty lady, occasionally tricky, frequently very humorous, unfailingly outspoken, if now not continually candid. She deplored "biographers," and continually spoke the observe in angry citation marks. in part she felt vibrant resentment that they have been by some means appropriating what have been, in spite of everything, her existence. extra importantly, she understood Legend and sought after the area to stay unconfused by way of proof. A notice FROM the writer these "facts," as provided in any variety of Dietrich biographies (in cluding the latest) prompted me frequently to sympathize along with her, yet to sympathize in addition with those that tried to pin the blue angel's wings to paper. A biographer who wrote approximately her within the Nineteen Fifties (of whose pen she didn't approve) claimed he was once ordered to stop and desist via none except Dietrich's pal and admirer, Kenneth Tynan (of whose pen she did approve, as she licensed of so much giant pens which did her tribute: Hemingway, Remarque, Cocteau, Malraux, Coward, and all of the rest). makes an attempt at biography many times roused litigious flurries, protecting attorneys on either side of the Atlantic out of extra vital mischief. nonetheless, omit Dietrich had a case, as even a cursory overview of the biographical fabric so far makes transparent. Her father, of whom she claimed no reminiscence, is generally remembered by way of biographers for heroism within the FrancoPrussian battle of 1870-1871, while he was once, we find, nonetheless in diapers. Her mom (called Josephine, no longer Wilhemina, as a up to date scribe assures us) used to be both born (we are informed) in 1883 or married in that 12 months.

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