Tuesday, November 17, 2009


it is so fun to read about marlene dietrich. unlike the inscrutable garbo, dietrich seems to have no problem revealing how she ticks. here are a couple of real gems:

"i work. and as long as people want me, and i have them eating out of my hands, i shall continue."
"no man falls in love with me i don't want to fall in love with me"

she is just great. she had a whim! collecting dressing-room door plates inscribed with her name was a habit spanning her entire professional life.

her singing voice had a narrow but serviceable one-and-a-half octave range, centered almost precisely as a viola. her friend ernest hemingway wrote famously of her voice, "If she had nothing more than her voice she could break your heart with it."

she made a brief return to filmmaking in 1979-- receiving a $250,000 salary for two days work-- in "Just A Gigolo."

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