Blue Angel: The Life of Marlene Dietrich

By Donald Spoto

Acclaimed biographer Donald Spoto brings to existence probably the most incandescent and elusive celebrity to grace Hollywood, Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992). He has tapped archival fabrics and performed dozens of interviews to provide a existence tale choked with the most important new info: her hardships and struggles for acceptance in Nineteen Twenties Berlin; her transformation right into a monitor goddess; her leisure of Allied troops through the global conflict II; and her stint as a nightclub singer within the Nineteen Fifties. Spoto additionally comprises money owed of her amorous affairs with Yul Brynner, Maurice Chevalier, Gary Cooper, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr, Eddie Fisher, basic George S. Patton, Erich Maria Remarque, Frank Sinatra, and John Wayne.

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On Sundays, the Dietrichs usually stopped on the Hovel Confiserie to shop for candies, marzipan or vanilla lotions sooner than continuing to the Café Bauer at the Friedrichstrasse, the place they sat at a marble-topped desk and have been served steaming cups of espresso or cocoa. occasionally a couple of cuisine will be provided from the recognized connoisseur meals shop Huster, whose horse-drawn carriages have been now everywhere Berlin, sporting buffets of lobster, salmon, salads and smoked hams to pick eating places and filthy rich deepest buyers within the Bellevuestrasse or the Voss Strasse.

She used to be whatever yet a intercourse bomb,” in line with the author and manufacturer Geza von Cziffra, who knew her at the moment while she used to be a denizen of cabarets and late-night bars. in truth she used to be relatively boyish, along with her masculine, buddy-like habit. She with ease joined us at tables the place numerous of the consumers have been homosexuals, for in reality [she] used to be even more interested—although no longer exclusively—in girls. If she sought after a guy at times she easily showered him with sweetness, yet any direct supply must come from her.

By way of June 1939, Zamboui was once in Mexico looking a moment divorce. * Shunning literary popularity and the adulation of strangers, Remarque’s flavor for superb meals and wine still made him a typical shopper of these eating places frequented by means of celebrities. definitely no womanizer, he used to be additionally, at 40, no longer proof against the importunate allure of somebody like Dietrich. At New York’s “21” membership that June, he was once hence no longer unresponsive whilst brought to Dietrich. She shared Remarque’s curiosity in nineteenth-century paintings (although she was once a ways much less knowledgeable), and he advised her of his turning out to be choice of works via van Gogh, Cézanne, Renoir and Degas.

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