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