Marlene: Marlene Dietrich, a Personal Biography

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Marlene: Marlene Dietrich, a Personal Biography

Format:  Hardcover,

304 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publish Date: Mar 2011

ISBN-13: 9781439188354

ISBN-10: 1439188351

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In "Marlene, "the legendary Hollywood icon is vividly brought to life, based on a series of conversations with the star herself and with others who knew her well. In the mid-1970s Charlotte Chandler spoke with Marlene Dietrich in Dietrich's Paris apartment. The star's career was all but over, but she agreed to meet because Chandler hadn't known Dietrich earlier, "when I was young and very beautiful." Dietrich may have been retired, but her appearance and her celebrity--her famous mystique--were as important to her as ever.
Marlene Dietrich's life is one of the most fabulous in Hollywood history. She began her career in her native Berlin as a model, then a stage and screen actress during the silent era, becoming a star with the international success "The Blue Angel." Then, under the watchful eye of the director of that film, her mentor Josef von Sternberg, she came to America and became one of the brightest stars in Hollywood. She made a series of acclaimed pictures--"Morocco, Shanghai Express, Blonde Venus, Destry Rides Again, "among many others--that propelled her to international stardom. With the outbreak of World War II, the fiercely anti-Nazi Dietrich became an American citizen and entertained Allied troops on the front lines. After the war she embarked on a new career as a stage performer, and with her young music director, the gifted Burt Bacharach--whom Chandler interviewed for the book--Dietrich had an outstanding second career.
Dietrich spoke candidly with Chandler about her unconventional private life: although she never divorced her husband, Rudi Sieber, she had numerous well-publicized affairs with his knowledge (and he had a longtime mistress with her approval). By the late 1970s, plagued by accidents, Dietrich had become a virtual recluse in her Paris apartment, communicating with the outside world almost entirely by telephone Marlene Dietrich lived an extraordinary life, and "Marlene "relies extensively on the star's own words to reveal how intriguing and fascinating that life really was.

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Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: Mar 2011
ISBN-13: 9781439188354
ISBN-10: 1439188351
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 304
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.16
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.33 x 1.17 x 9.66

About the author

Biography of Chandler, Charlotte

Biographer Charlotte Chandler was born in California. She has written numerous biographies featuring Hollywood stars such as Groucho Marx, Ingrid Bergman, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, and Alfred Hitchcok. Her interview with Mae West was chosen for the Penguin anthology of Great Interviews of the Twentieth Century. She currently lives in New York City and is active in film preservation.

Chapter outline

Prologuep. 1
Berlinp. 3
Hollywoodp. 71
The Postwar Worldp. 157
Parisp. 207
Filmographyp. 269
Indexp. 289

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2011-02-01)

Drawing on original interviews she conducted with Marlene Dietrich and others, Chandler (author of many "personal biographies", on, e.g., Mae West, Ingrid Bergman, and Alfred Hitchcock) mixes the screen icon's personal reminiscences with impressions from those who knew her, including Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Chandler follows Dietrich's career trajectory chronologically, with a basic synopsis of and reflections on each of Dietrich's films. Although Dietrich remains one of the great faces of Hollywood, her life and career as relayed here are not riveting. She is presented as an enigma, which is how she seems to have wanted it.

Verdict: The information Chandler provides on Dietrich's career before her breakout role in The Blue Angel is of interest, but little else sets this book apart from other Dietrich biographies, e.g., Donald Spoto's Blue Angel: The Life of Marlene Dietrich and her daughter Maria Riva's Marlene Dietrich. Any of these three would suffice.

-Barb Kundanis, Longmont P.L., CO

(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

In Marlene, the legendary Hollywood icon is vividly brought to life, based on a series of conversations with the star herself and with others who knew her well. In the mid-1970s Charlotte Chandler spoke with Marlene Dietrich in Dietrich's Paris apartment. The star's career was all but over, but she agreed to meet because Chandler hadn't known Dietrich earlier, "when I was young and very beautiful". Dietrich may have been retired, but her appearance and her celebrity--her famous mystique--were as important to her as ever.

Marlene Dietrich's life is one of the most fabulous in Hollywood history. She began her career in her native Berlin as a model, then a stage and screen actress during the silent era, becoming a star with the international success The Blue Angel. Then, under the watchful eye of the director of that film, her mentor Josef von Sternberg, she came to America and became one of the brightest stars in Hollywood. She made a series of acclaimed pictures-- Morocco, Shanghai Express, Blonde Venus, Destry Rides Again, among many others--that propelled her to international stardom. With the outbreak of World War II, the fiercely anti-Nazi Dietrich became an American citizen and entertained Allied troops on the front lines. After the war she embarked on a new career as a stage performer, and with her young music director, the gifted Burt Bacharach--whom Chandler interviewed for the book--Dietrich had an outstanding second career.

Dietrich spoke candidly with Chandler about her unconventional private life: although she never divorced her husband, Rudi Sieber, she had numerous well-publicized affairs with his knowledge (and he had a longtime mistress with her approval). By the late 1970s, plagued by accidents, Dietrich had become a virtual recluse in her Paris apartment, communicating with the outside world almost entirely by telephone Marlene Dietrich lived an extraordinary life, and Marlene relies extensively on the star's own words to reveal how intriguing and fascinating that life really was.

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