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Book review: Charlotte Chandler's 'Marlene: Marlene Dietrich, A Personal Biography'
Book review: Charlotte Chandler's 'Marlene: Marlene Dietrich, A Personal Biography'

It hardly seems possible that there could be room for yet another important biography on so iconic a star as Marlene Dietrich, already the subject of a remarkably candid yet detached memoir by her daughter Maria Riva and of the late Steven Bach's thoughtful and exhaustively researched "Marlene Dietrich: Life and Legend." Both were published not long after Dietrich's death in Paris at 91 in 1992. Yet Charlotte Chandler's "Marlene: Marlene Dietrich, A Personal Biography" proves invaluable. As with such self-protective, image-conscious legends as Katharine Hepburn, Joan Crawford and Mae West, Chandler has again demonstrated her unparalleled ability to get...

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