From the stages of Berlin to anti-Nazi efforts and silver-screen stardom, Steven Bach reveals the fascinating woman behind the myth surrounding Marlene Dietrich 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-this is the life story of one of the century's greatest movie actresses and performers, an icon who embodied glamour and sophistication for audiences around the globe.
Steven Bach (1938-2009) taught American literature before becoming a film producer and head of production for United Artists. He was involved with dozens of films, including Sleuth, Manhattan, Raging Bull, and The French Lieutenant's Woman. He wrote the critically acclaimed best seller Final Cut: Dreams and Disaster in the Making of "Heaven's Gate."
A Note from the Author OVERTURE A Visit to the Theater: 1929 I. BERLIN One. Beginnings: 1901-1918 Two. Weimar and Back: 1919-1921 Three. The Sorcerer's Apprentice: 1922-1927 Four. The Perfect Couple: 1923-1929 Five. Breakthrough: 1928-1929 Six. The Blue Angel: 1929 II. HOLLYWOOD Seven. Fame: 1930-1931 Eight. Empress of Desire: 1931-1932 Nine. Apotheosis: 1933-1934 Ten. Tribute and Farewell: 1934-1935 Eleven. Saving Dietrich: 1935-1936 Twelve. Exile: 1937-1939 Thirteen. Phoenix: 1939-1941 Fourteen. Home Front: 1942-1943 Fifteen. Lili Marlene: 1944-1945 Sixteen. Survivor: 1946-1947 Seventeen. Pro: 1947-1950 Eighteen. Star Quality: 1950-1952 Nineteen. Solo: 1952-1954 Twenty. Back in Business: 1954-1958 Twenty-one. Helen of Troy: 1954-1958 Twenty-two. Odyssey: 1960-1967 Twenty-three. "Queen of the World": 1967-1975 Twenty-four. Monstre Sacre: 1976-1982 IV EXIT MUSIC Coda: "Allein in Einer Grossen Stadt": 1983-1992 Appendix A. Theater Chronology Appendix B. Filmography Appendix C. Discography Acknowledgments Source Notes Bibliography Index