Marlene Dietrich, shaped by her Prussian bourgeois background and the Berlin of the 1920s, lived with unconventional passion. Having moved to Hollywood and become a cosmopolitan star, she used the power of glamour and conviction as a weapon against Nazi Germany. Her legend became so important to her that she spent her last decade in total seclusion, rather than let her audiences witness her decline.
Malene Sheppard Skaerved teaches screenwriting at Birkbeck College, London. She has collaborated on an opera with the British composer Paul Archbold and won many prizes for her short films.
‘This wonderful pocket biography recounts the life and loves of a true superstar.’ - The Daily Express 2003-01-25