Icy Marlene was so cold

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - EDUCATION -

IT hap­pened to screen leg­ends Bette Davis and Joan Craw­ford – and now an­other star from Hol­ly­wood’s Golden Age has been at­tacked by her child.

Marlene Dietrich’s daugh­ter Maria Riva has writ­ten a book re­veal­ing her mother as an icy ego­tist who went out of her way to sup­press any feel­ings of warmth.

Marlene was com­pli­cated, but she was a trail­blazer. We all ac­cept women wear­ing trousers these days, but she caused a scan­dal by wear­ing “men’s clothes” in the 1930s.

The most iconic im­age of her was when she dressed in a top hat and tails for The Blue An­gel, the movie that made her a star.

She had a vo­ra­cious sex­ual ap­petite and her daugh­ter lists many of her af­fairs with the likes of Frank Si­na­tra, Yul Bryn­ner, Mau­rice Che­va­lier and JFK.

Shock­ingly, she was also deeply racist and wouldn’t al­low black nurses to treat her when she was in hospi­tal – ap­palling be­hav­iour.

The book reads like an act of re­venge by a daugh­ter who was never shown much love.

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