Maria Magdalena Dietrich trades her family's proper, middle-class society for the free-spirited, louche world of Weimar Berlin's cabarets and drag balls. As the Nazis rise to power, she sets sail for America, where she quickly becomes one of Hollywood's leading ladies. Desperate for her return, Hitler tries to lure her with dazzling promises. Marlene instead chooses to become an American citizen, and after her new nation is forced into World War II, she tours with the USO, performing for thousands of Allied troops. Marlene reveals the inner life of a woman of grit, glamour, and ambition who defied convention and forged her own path on her own terms.
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"Narrator Bernadette Dunne's sensitive, sophisticated narration is ideally suited to this fascinating novelization of the life of Maria Magdalena Dietrich, better known as Hollywood entertainment icon Marlene Dietrich. The work chronicles, in historical fiction, her early life in Germany and then her Hollywood career through the end of WWII. Dunne applies a lilting touch with just a hint of German-accented English, with much of her performance closely approximating what listeners may recall from Dietrich's films and recordings. The work paints a lush portrait of Dietrich's wanderlust, bisexuality, and enthusiastic support of the United States during Germany's Third Reich. This richly detailed effort provides dramatic insight into Dietrich's strong and complex personality. W.A.G. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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