(With shades of "Mommie Dearest" thrown in for good measure) - I'd say - (In a nutshell) - Maria Riva's biography "Marlene Dietrich" is a true-account story of a daughter bringing her super-glamourous, world-famous, celebrity mother down from Hollywood Heaven and, thus, presenting her as she really was (warts, and all) to us ever-inquisitive mortals patiently waiting here on Earth.
If you are an ardent admirer of Dietrich - It might be best advised not to read this "tell-all" tale - 'Cause, believe me - It's gonna reveal to you (in the greatest of detail) some truly unflattering and downright demented things about one of Tinseltown's most admired and idolized movie-legends from yesteryear that you might not want to know.
Published in 1992 (the year Dietrich died) - Riva's first-hand account here is certainly quite an eye-opening, and, yes, even shocking story about Marlene that, perhaps, the most jaded of readers would find a mighty hard "reality" pill to swallow.
*Note* - This bio (which includes plenty of photos) is nearly 800 pages in length... Phew!.... (*Be sure to watch "Maria Riva" video-interview where our author discusses some of the "finer" details of her book*)
Without question the greatest biography of any entertainment figure. Miss Riva is a genius at gossip , but ;more importantly; a real writer. There are times you feel you are on the set with Marlene or at home with her and Maria. If you have any intrest in the golden age of Hollywood , you must read this book.
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