[Item #6083] Blue Angel: The Life of Marlene Dietrich. Donald Spoto, Marlene Dietrich.
Blue Angel: The Life of Marlene Dietrich
Blue Angel: The Life of Marlene Dietrich
Blue Angel: The Life of Marlene Dietrich
Blue Angel: The Life of Marlene Dietrich

Blue Angel: The Life of Marlene Dietrich

ISBN: 0385425538
New York, NY: Doubleday, 1992. First Edition. Hardcover. “Marlene Dietrich was perhaps the most glamorous, most alluring woman of the twentieth century. In a career spanning six decades on screen and stage, she created an indelible image of mysterious sensuality and shimmering beauty that made her into an international icon….Blue Angel is an enthralling portrait of this enchantingly enigmatic star—a book as provocative and seductive as the woman herself. The story moves from the theatres and cabarets of Berlin in the 1920s, where she struggled for recognition as an actress and developed a taste for romance of all kinds, to the Hollywood Studios of the 1930s, where—under the tutelage of director Josef von Sternberg (who had discovered her in Germany and cast her in his historic film The Blue Angel)—she became a screen goddess….Here are crucial new details of her childhood, her early Berlin career….and of course there are also the moving and sometimes hilarious accounts of her many love affairs with figures as diverse as Gary Cooper, Maurice Chevalier, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., John Wayne, George Raft, General George S. Patton and Frank Sinatra.” (abridged from interior flap copy) Little more can be said of—or, rather, capsulizing copy be written on—Donald Spoto’s excellent biography of Marlene Dietrich, the “Blue Angel” herself. The work indeed contains a world of detail that had previously eluded all of Dietrich’s would-be biographers (those that had written on her in most any capacity). As alluded to in the flap copy portions quoted above, Your Devoted Managing Curator found Dietrich’s trysts with General Patton and Frank Sinatra particularly hilarious; but it would be deceptive and scholastically irresponsible to not note the deep profundity that characterizes this work (it’s not Goldman’s “Elvis,” after all). Spoto has done an excellent job illustrating why Dietrich’s decision to, for example, create a fund (with Billy Wilder) to help both dissidents and Jews escape Germany in the late 1930s is so inextricably tied to her legacy writ large. For anyone interested in Dietrich or the film stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age, this book alternately compels and delights. From the collection of Barbara (1935-2023) & Irving (1933-2018) Nusbaum - world travelers, connoisseurs, eminent collectors of art & books, and the dearly beloved late parents of our esteemed founder, Arthur S. Nusbaum. Hardcover in unclipped dust-jacket: “First Edition,” as indicated on copyright page. Book in very fine condition, virtually as new with only mild-to-moderate shelf-wear; a few instances of bumping; & a single page-length vertical crease running through FFEP at center-middle, otherwise clean. Dust-jacket in very fine condition with only minute-to-moderate shelf-wear & a few enunciated bumps & instances of very faint bump-creasing to fine-edges & corners of front, back covers & spine-edge, else pristine. Very Fine / Very Fine. [Item #6083]

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