Throughout her storied career, Marlene Dietrich appeared in many notable Hollywood films and worked with many popular peers of her day. In Marlene, Dietrich herself reflects upon her early life, film career in Germany, and eventual rise to stardom as an international success.

In addition to sharing anecdotes from her life both in front of the camera and behind it, Dietrich illuminates her time working through wartime tours. Moreover, she also offers interesting discussions relating to other Hollywood elites, including the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Orson Welles, Edith Piaf, and more. However, it is her memories of war-torn Europe and visits with soldiers that are the most emotional and evocative moments in her book.

Overall, fans of Dietrich and classic Hollywood are sure to enjoy this book. Historians and individuals studying World War II will also find this work to be of interest.

Marlene is available for purchase via the University Press of Kentucky.

About Annette Bochenek

Dr. Annette Bochenek of Chicago, Illinois, is an avid scholar of Hollywood’s Golden Age. She manages the Hometowns to Hollywood blog, in which she writes about her trips exploring the legacies and hometowns of Golden Age stars. Annette also hosts the “Hometowns to Hollywood” film series throughout the Chicago area. She has been featured on Turner Classic Movies and is the president of TCM Backlot’s Chicago chapter. In addition to writing for TCM Backlot, she also writes for Classic Movie Hub, Silent Film Quarterly, Nostalgia Digest, and Chicago Art Deco Society Magazine.
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