Originally written in 1937/38, this book was discovered by Ulrich Weinzierl decades later in New York. Now, for the first time, Alfred Polgar’s brief yet scintillating biography of Marlene Dietrich is available to all.
Alfred Polgar was an admirer of Marlene Dietrich from the mid-twenties onwards, long before the chorus girl and silent movie starlet became the Blue Angel and celebrated international star. The two of them forged a friendship, and before they both fled the Nazi regime in the late 1930s he wrote a wonderfully tender book about the diva, detailing her qualities, quirks and idiosyncrasies. In his inimitable manner, Polgar delineates the face, the voice, the sex appeal from her legs all the way to the palms of her hands. We learn about her collaboration with Josef von Sternberg, her life in Hollywood and her vision of the future from that distant vantage point in 1937. Now, more than 75 years after its conception, this book is published for the first time.