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Marlene Dietrich

(2017)
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New York Times
Bestseller: A "greatly entertaining" biography of the glamorous, mysterious German-born actress, written by her daughter (The New York Times).

With intimate detail, author Maria Riva reveals the rich life of her mother, Marlene Dietrich, the charismatic star of stage and screen whose career spanned much of the twentieth century. Opening with Dietrich's childhood in Schoneberg, Riva's biography introduces us to an energetic, disciplined, and ambitious young actress whose own mother equated show business with a world of vagabonds and thieves.

Dietrich would quickly rise to stardom on the Berlin stage in the 1920s with her sharp wit and bisexual mystique, and wearing the top hat and tails that revolutionized our concept of beauty and femininity. She comes alive in these pages in all her incarnations: muse, collaborator, bona fide movie star, box-office poison, lover, wife, and mother.

During World War II, Dietrich would stand up to the Nazis and galvanize American troops, eventually earning the Congressional Medal of Freedom. There were her artistic relationships with Josef von Sternberg (
The Blue Angel,
Morocco,
Shanghai Express), Colette, Erich Maria Remarque, Noel Coward, and Cole Porter, as well as her heady romances. And in her final years, Dietrich would make herself visibly invisible, devoting herself to the immortality of her legend.

Capturing this complex and astonishing woman, Maria Riva's insightful profile of her mother has the depth, range, and resonance of a novel, and takes us on a journey through Europe and old Hollywood during an era that is gone but not forgotten.



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June 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: Marlene Dietrich: The Life
Author(s): Maria Riva
ISBN: 1-68177-502-6 / 978-1-68177-502-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pegasus Books
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January 1996 : USA Hardback
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Title: Marlene Dietrich
Author(s): Maria Riva
ISBN: 0-517-16620-8 / 978-0-517-16620-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Value Publishing
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September 1994 : USA Hardback
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Title: Marlene Dietrich
Author(s): Maria Riva
ISBN: 0-517-13075-0 / 978-0-517-13075-9 (USA edition)
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December 1993 : USA Hardback
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Title: Marlene Dietrich
Author(s): Maria Riva
ISBN: 0-394-58692-1 / 978-0-394-58692-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Alfred A Knopf
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December 1992 : UK Hardback
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Title: Marlene Dietrich by Her Daughter
Author(s): Maria Riva
ISBN: 0-7475-1375-9 / 978-0-7475-1375-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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Paperback Editions

January 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Marlene Dietrich: The Life
Author(s): Maria Riva
ISBN: 1-64313-029-3 / 978-1-64313-029-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pegasus Books
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November 2001 : UK Paperback

Title: Marlene Dietrich
Author(s): Jean Jacques Naudet; Maria Riva
ISBN: 0-500-28317-6 / 978-0-500-28317-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
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January 1994 : USA Paperback
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Title: Marlene Dietrich
Author(s): Maria Riva
ISBN: 0-345-38645-0 / 978-0-345-38645-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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January 1993 : USA Paperback

Title: Marlene Dietrich (Random House Large Print)
Author(s): Maria Riva
ISBN: 0-679-74670-6 / 978-0-679-74670-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Inc
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December 1993 : UK Paperback
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Title: Marlene Dietrich (Teach Yourself)
Author(s): Maria Riva
ISBN: 0-340-59427-6 / 978-0-340-59427-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Teach Yourself Books
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Audio Editions

January 1993 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Marlene Dietrich: By Her Daughter
Author(s): Maria Riva
ISBN: 0-679-42172-6 / 978-0-679-42172-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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Kindle Editions

June 2017 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Marlene Dietrich: The Life
Author(s): Maria Riva
Publisher: Pegasus Books
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