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Marlene Dietrich: Life And Legend

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In an achievement as grand and sweeping as Dietrich's own life, Steven Bach reveals the woman and examines her myth in a biography that will stand as the ultimate authority on a singular star. Based on six years of research and hundreds of interviews—including conversations with Dietrich herself—this is the last, best word on one of the century's greatest movie actresses a ...more
Paperback, 672 pages
Published April 6th 2000 by Da Capo Press (first published October 11th 1993)
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Dave Jones
This was a very interesting story about a fascinating woman. The author tells a pretty straightforward story, without a lot of opinion or judgment. This was a talent that left her mark on the world. She hated the Nazis and supported the Allies, even at the cost of alienating her countrymen.
Christopher Saunders
Bach provides an exhaustive, detailed account of Marlene's Dietrich. He cuts through the myths swirling around Dietrich's life and career, downplaying her scandalous private life. Emerging is an immensely talented artist, intelligent and driven, but deeply flawed. Dietrich pursued fame (and myriad affairs) in Hollywood, leaving her husband and daughter in Europe. Bach's account of Dietrich's Trilby-Svengali relationship with Josef von Sternberg doesn't flatter either party. Yet he clearly admire ...more
In my opinion, the best biography on Dietrich. A must read for any fan of Marlene and good writing in general!
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The research, as far as I could tell, was beyond reproach, and the endnotes are exhaustive, but Steven Bach would have benefited from some self-editing. Repetition is not a good trait, especially in telling the story of a life as rich and full as Marlene Dietrich's. She needed no filler or padding - she was her own great stor
a very close look at the stars life, very good
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Steven Bach was senior vice-president and head of worldwide productions for United Artists studios. In Final Cut: Dreams And Disaster in the Making of Heaven's Gate (1985), Bach chronicles his involvement in the troubled production of Heaven's Gate (1980), a film widely considered to have been the decisive reason for the financial bankruptcy of United Artists.

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