the German-born Maria Magdalena Dietrich (1901-92) was a charismatic movie
actress of the 1930s and 1940s. Like Greta Garbo, Dietrich symbolizes glamour
and mystery. There are numerous books about the legend, including the star’s
own Marlene ( LJ 4/1/89). Riva, Dietrich’s daughter, here adds her account. As
anticipated, Riva’s perspective is unique and affecting. Using her mother’s
diary, radiograms, and letters, she gives proper weight to Dietrich’s youth,
her experience on the Berlin stage, her collaboration with director Josef Von
Sternberg (e.g., The Blue Angel , 1930; Morocco , 1930), and her latter-day
triumphs on stage and as a chanteuse. There are arresting tales here (father
and stepfather killed in World War I; a stint entertaining U.S. troops during
the Battle of the Bulge; affairs with legends of the screen and other arts)
that give the reader a true grasp of both biographer and subject. Recommended
for public libraries and film collections.Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ
9/15/92. –Kim Holston, American Inst. for Chartered Property Casualty
Underwriters, Malvern, Pa.
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