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FREE READ º TALENTFORVIPS.CO.UK í C.W. GortnerFor friendship as she remains friends with her ex lovers and never stints to help when they are in trouble Her nflinching stand against Nazism and her final triumph as darling of the USO tours and the American GIs is mesmerizing and her final page stays with me poignant and triumphant Marlene Dietrich is larger than life here and yet also very very human 35 stars if I could but rounded The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics up to 4I can t say that I ve ever seen any of her movies but that didn t diminish at all my interest in reading this biographical novel of Marlene Dietrich I do remember seeing clips seeing how beautiful she was and hearing that sultry voice The first person narration gives this novel an almost genuine autobiographical feel Yet when I read a fictionalized account of a famous person I always have thatestion lurking in my mind how does the aut DNF not because it was not a good book because it was and the writing was fantastic but simply because of the subject matter I thought I would be fascinated by this amazing lady but not enough to put this book ahead of some other books I ve been waiting to read during the summer Because I love this author and he is a personal friend of mine I will go back and read this book once I m caught Programming in Objective C up with my highly anticipated thrillers and no doubt absolutely love it At that point a review will follow Marlene Dietrich wasn t an icon for mentil I saw her in Destry Rides Again and then I wanted to see all her movies I knew that she first had success in Weimar Germany My concept of Weimar Germany is based on The Berlin Stories The Last of Mr NorrisGoodbye to Berlin a short story collection by Christopher Isherwood which is best known for its musical adaptation Cabaret I imagined Marlene Dietrich within that environment which was so Beyond Band of Brothers unconventional and so free This was the Marlene Dietrich that I expected to see in Marlene by C W Gortner and he met my expectations in spades I received my copy of Marlene from Edelweiss in return for this honest reviewAs I read CW Gortner s vision of Marlene Dietrich I felt that she represented Weimar Germany s zeitgeist a German word that means the spirit of the time and she never really became part of Hollywood Hollywood studios tried to dictate what sort of life she led but she carved out an existence for herself that was independent of Hollywood expectations She always looked for ways to get around rules in order to do as she pleased Readers who arencomfortable with a protagonist who has a great deal of sex with both genders should not read this book Neither should readers who are The Water Of Life upset by adultery Marlene was bisexual and hadnconventional views about relationshipsI found this novel very entertaining and I would definitely read another book by CW Gortner For my complete review see Beware this book does not cover Marlene Dietrich s entire life She was born in 1901 and died in 1992 The book starts with her school years It abruptly ends after the Second World War It just stops I was so surprised I went back and checked if I had downloaded the whole book Is there a follow p planned I do think readers should be warned You are left hanging without clear information for example of her sister s fate After the war Marlene searched for her sister She was thought to be in Berlin She wasn t She demanded help from Marlene She and her husband had run the canteen and films at Bergen Belsen Collaborators or just one of the many doing what they were told to do So too abrupt an ending and readers are not told the book only covers half of Marlene s life
Her Acting Her Singing The Movies Sheacting her singing the movies she her relationships with famed co stars directors and authors it is all here Her love life is covered in detail There is a lot of sex and it is explicit She grew p in Berlin of the 20s The cabarets were home to her and to transvestites lesbians and men homosexually inclined Marlene s bisexual appetite is expounded Marlene tells s her own story How she felt about sex and how she sed sex is a central theme Because she had so many relationships with so many men and women well each relationship kind of loses its force Just another in the stack of the many Yet we do come to nderstand Marlene or at least how she probably viewed her own life The acting profession is one of selling oneself The reader has to be prepared for that I felt the atmosphere of the cabaret life of Berlin in the 20s was well conveyed I found the details of each of her productions a bit tedious but nderstood they had to be thereThe chapters about Marlene s engagement in war efforts her singing and entertaining of the Allied troops were one of the best parts of the book She made two extended tours for the United Service Organization traveling to Algiers Italy and Belgium I was pulled in She had found a cause to fight for a cause important than herself She gave herself wholeheartedly without reservation Looking at how she behaved and how other Germans behaved and viewed themselves is interestingly explored There is no author s note at least in the audio version You are not told if the author has altered known facts This is disappointing I assume the author has stuck to the known facts and simply invented conversations The audiobook is narrated by Bernadette Dune It is easy to follow and she For the Love of All Thats Holy, Dont Buy a Boat When Venus is in Retrograde uses different voices for characters of different nationalities Her American accent is best German is OK and French bad Mutti sounded like Moody I was totally stumpedntil I figured out Marlene was speaking of her "mom Heck you do nderstand so the narration is not bad When I was a young girl my sister and "Heck you do nderstand so the narration is not bad When I was a young girl my sister and spent many weekends with my maternal grandparents As the only grandchildren they spoiled is with a great deal of attention and love On Saturday evening we watched old movies my grandfather loved the golden days of Hollywood and as a German loved Marlene Dietrich He always said she was a hell of a women who had lived nine livesThe book starts when Marlene is a school girl in Berlin living with her younger sister Liesel and
mother Her grandmother and tells Marlene how beautiful she is and how this will open doors for. Th her sultry beauty smoky voice seductive silk cocktail dresses and androgynous tailored suits Marlene performs to packed houses and becomes entangled in a series of stormy love affairs that push the boundaries of social convention For the beautiful desirous Lili Marlene neither fame nor marriage and motherhood can cure her wanderlust As Hitler and the Nazis rise to power she sets sail for America Rivaling the success of another European import Greta Garbo Marlene ickly becomes one of Hollywood’s leading ladies starring with legends such as Gary Cooper John Wayne and Cary Grant Desperate for her return Hitler tries to lure her with dazz. ,Her Mother Her Grandmother
Marlene Dietrich Even her name seemed to perfectly typify her And she went through a number of stages the pper class girl violinist turned rowdy German cabaret singer in the 20s To the tuxedo tragedienne in the series of dramatically lit set pieces in the 1930sCrusader against Nazism in the 40s renouncing Hitler s offer and entertaining troops on the front lines And 50s60s her comeback with a number of great films A Foreign Affair Witness for the Prosecution Judgment at Nuremberg and her discovery of Burt Bacharach and stage shows is perhaps my fave Dietrich period She s always been an interesting mix of contradictions her movies were generally foreign adventuress who must pay for her passion in some way with enough subversion to wink at the whole thing but she was also a beloved American celebrity and totally believable as a rough proprietress of a saloon hall Too many books waste too much ink comparing her to Garbo I think Other than they were both foreign and beautiful with striking looks and dated some of the same people I don t see anything in relation to each other than say Delores Del Rio who also lands in all the above categories I could see a better comparison between Dietrich and Mae West Both self made icons both with very distinct images Garbo only had 1 Leave Me The Hell Alone Both did a lot of period pictures and were best at scenarios crafted around them Both were famous for singing and transformed their careers around that even though neither had what you would call traditional voices Both played with gender look at all the rumors involving West and you know they both spoke German and their dressing rooms were next door to each other in Paramount If I was going to write a fictional book about Dietrich there would be lots of gossiping between West Dietrich who remained good friends for life Where was Travis Banton in this book Mentioned once I think Where was John Gilbert Where was Edith Piaf Instead we get Bette Davis trying to seduce Dietrich in order to get her to help at the Hollywood Canteen Passages like this What do I have to do to convince you Suddenly her short nailed hand with its smoldering cigarette was on my knee I ll do anything she crooned At that point I just mentally threw this book away but kept on reading and there were a few scenes of a desperate and sweaty Davis throwing herself at Dietrich Now I am no Dietrich expert I ve only read 8 or so books on her and seen maybe 20 of her movies but Bette Davis I could answer estions about all day and the above never happened Bette Davis was not gay and that above scene would never gone down like that over The Hollywood Canteen a CAUSE the women were passionate about And it seems kind of cheap and crummy to insert sex that demonstrably never happened and why Bette Davis when Dietrich has tons of other acknowledged paramours to pick from I blame Darwin Porter Heck maybe Kenneth Anger is the root of this and it s devolved to almost sleazy fanfiction What s next Claudette Colbert and Jimmy Durante involved in some orgy with Marie Dressler I think there s a really good book about Marlene that could be done She was such an interesting woman for whom rules never really applied that became an icon and how painful that process is She was at the perfect studio for her Paramount much like how Davis was perfect for Warner Brothers and Norma Shearer for MGM There could have been down with von Sternberg in this book It has a really harsh view of their relationship I don t think it was healthy any than Garbo and Stiller were but with Marlene all of her relationships with exes was always amicable Found a lot of it shallow but Marlene I think is a tough person to portray because she was so multifaceted And I give the book credit for its depiction of Camilla Horn She was someone whose performances I hated so much she was terrible in The Tempest that I never knew that she was German much less her defiance to the Nazis as well And what was p with all the gross the Nazis as well And what was p with all the gross scenes or Marlene grinding out cigarettes on carpets She was such a neat freak I don t see that happening Prior to reading this book I basically knew that Marlene Dietrich was an Old Hollywood star with absolutely stunning bone structure who was originally from Germany not much at all In this book CW Gortner breathes life into this woman and shows why she is still so well remembered by so many She is a fascinating person and it easy to see "why she I won this book through Goodreads giveaway and thank you very muchBut very much a so so read A "she I won this book through Goodreads giveaway and thank you very muchBut very much a so so read A of tell vs show and dialogue that often says too much People don t often speak the obvious not to close friends family members etc Anyhow when I read the dialogue aloud it sounded artificial in places soAs for the novel itself it purports to take the major events of Marlene Dietrich s life and expand on them I d rather read a biography and I think when I entered the contest that s what I believed this was A good solid bio Though the words A Novel should have been a major clue right Hey I m getting oldBut it s as if someone took a timeline and wrote the significant events of Dietrich s life on it then tried to connect them by writing out various scenarios to fill the spaces between Anyhow not impressed though with all the four and five star reviews maybe I m missing somethingNo don t think so I ve been a fan of CW Gortner s books long before I met and befriended him at a conference and Marlene Dietrich is perhaps my favorite of his heroines She comes to life on the page a swearing smoking bisexual goddess of sin From her early days as schoolgirl violinist to her sashay through the Berlin cabarets of the 30s all the way to her meteoric rise through golden age Hollywood she fascinates honest enough to say she doesn t really have much in the way of acting talent determined enough to succeed anyway a self made beauty whose remarkable charisma collected numberless admirers Famous men and women parade in and out of Marlene s bed and life she is refreshingly direct in her enjoyment of sex and Gortner never slut shames he shows Marlene s tremendous gift. A lush dramatic biographical novel of one of the most glamorous and alluring legends of Hollywood’s golden age Marlene Dietrich from the gender bending cabarets of Weimar Berlin to the lush film studios of Hollywood a sweeping story of passion glamour ambition art and war from the author of Mademoiselle ChanelRaised in genteel poverty after the first World War Maria Magdalena Dietrich dreams of a life on the stage When a budding career as a violinist is cut short the willful teenager vows to become a singer trading her family’s proper middle class society for the free spirited louche world of Weimar Berlin’s cabarets and drag balls Wi. Her She grew into a very determined woman did things her own way became a success in Hollywood and had indiscriminate love affairs with both men and women Although married with one child Marlene generally lived life the way she wanted Although married a marriage that would last both partners had other relations often the others love interest lived with them and was accepted by both spouses So strange but true nonetheless But she was extremely loyal supported all till the end always aware of her responsibilitiesGolden days of Hollywood one of my favorite parts all the leading players and notaries of the day John Wayne Bette Davis Gary Cooper Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth as well as Hemingway and Remarue Then of course Hitler and the war afraid for mother and sister left in Germany She would do than her part in the war going on a USO tour with Danny Thomas and what she sees will forever change her outlook her character Gortner does a wonderful job showing is just how complex this woman was how much inner strength she possessed how much of a survivor By books end she had earned my admiration as had the author The author note details what happened in her life after the end of the book and explains why he ended the book where he did A wonderful book about an amazing womanARC from publisher Marlene by CW Gortner is a 2016 William Morrow publication I will admit p front that I did not realize this was a work of fiction at first I was a little disappointed since I was hoping for a traditional biography but it was my own fault for not reading the synopsis carefully I had not experienced this type of biographical fiction Magical Sweet Mermaid until recently but I found it to be an intriguing way of telling a person s life story This one though was not a factual as I would have liked with some suggestions being so incredible I had to do a Google search to see if it was true The information wasn t necessarily outright false since there is no way to disprove or validate it so I suppose it sp to the reader to decide what they want to believe or not I do The Choice understand this is a novel and liberties were taken I just wish I knew what was fact and what was fictionYet it is obvious the author did his research and not only does he know his subject but he obviously admired her and was true to her legacy Despite my misunderstanding of the book s format I still found myself mesmerized by the story Marlene wasite the character and certainly lived life on her own terms as much as she could Her first person narrative is often amusing and I think it did capture the woman s essence in some ways She was bold promiscuous forthright yet manipulative at times loved to shock and offend play games with people and live large But she lived for herself it seems and only herself even though she had a husband and daughter she rarely saw or had much of a relationship with Her feelings never seemed to run too deeply in my opinion Yet she was refreshing in that what you see is what you get way and of course she absolutely defined glamour She was a trendsetter and gender bender and was well ahead of her time She was adored by male and female fans alike Marlene Dietrich is a legend and her willingness to push the envelope puts her in a class all by herself well almost No biographical accounting of Marlene s life would be complete without mentioning the famed rivalry between Marlene and Greta Garbo which was explained and played p here just as the press did at the height of their popularity and fame I think both actresses deserved credit both were special and ahead of their time but to me Marlene was much edgier and seemed to enjoy being that way Her teasing and daring literally jumps out at you from the screen and leaves a lasting impression The novel ends without exploring the latter years of her life where she experienced very hard times as well as enjoying many bright spots before she became totally reclusive struggling with addiction and ill health While the book just stops in a jarringly abrupt and awkward way I felt the author s focus on her early life was probably a good idea especially since it captures the atmosphere surrounding the second world war so well and Marlene s staunch stand against the Nazi s and Hitler While she was often ntouched by what was going on due to her work schedule she did become attune and shunned Berlin most of her life Another pivitol part of her life were her years with director von Sternberg and it was only fitting that some time was spent examining this relationship and the obvious impact it had on Marlene s rise to superstar status as well as examining the ltimate downfall of the collaboration which also sent Marlene onto a different path career wise so it was all very fascinating There were many critical insights into Marlene s life and how she chose to live it She is even now a controversial figure but one that is remembered as one of the best actresses of all time I would like to find a comprehensive biography which will tell the whole of Marlene
s life and is written in the traditional biographical format If anyone has a suggestion feel free to recommend onelife and is written in the traditional biographical format If anyone has a suggestion feel free to recommend one s been years since I ve watched one of Dietrich s films and I will admit a little sheepishly that the movies I remember her by the most are the ones she made later in her life such as Witness for the Prosecution and not her groundbreaking roles like Blue Angel Lola Lola probably because they were readily assessable but this book has me thinking of doing some binge watching one day "SOONI HAVE ON OCCASION LAMENTED THE "have on occasion lamented the era of such beautiful glamour of the risk takers and the trailblazers and the multi talented performers with wide ranging depth and acting range Marlene was all of those things and All you had to do was look into those soulful eyes just once and you were nder her spell This is certainly an interesting spin on Marlene s life through her own words which was both interesting and occasionally shocking even now Although this was not the type of book I went looking for I am glad I happened across it It s different
for sure but was well done overall 4 star. Ling promises Marlene instead chooses tosure but was well done overall 4 star. Ling promises Marlene instead chooses to an American citizen and after her new nation is forced into World War II tours with the USO performing for thousands of Allied troops in Europe and Africa But one day she will return to Germany Escorted by General George Patton himself Marlene is heartbroken by the war’s devastation and the evil legacy of the Third Reich that has transformed her homeland and the family she loved An enthralling and insightful account of this extraordinary legend Marlene reveals the inner life of a woman of grit glamour and ambition who defied convention seduced the world and forged her own path on her own ter.