There are men here, too. She contends that Dietrich appeared in a supporting role in G. Once she told Joan Crawford that she had sex with her husband Douglas Fairbanks Jr. She used creative methods to conquer ladies. The stories are funny and sad, scary and heart-warming, easy and brutal. So, all you'll ever see from me is a five-star or a one-star since no stars isn't a rating, unfortunately.
This has everything: silent film divas with a commune for deviants, 1920s Weimar Debauchery, bitchy mayhem, lesbian Duh-raaammmaaa and revenge that makes the mafia look like characters from a Disney movie. This is the complete review as it appears. The book deserves 4 stars just for the amount of research she has done. There are spy stories here, fear of communism, intrigue over jewelry specifically that of which Marlene Dietrich came into possession. However, there is ample evidence to support that both women had ongoing romantic relationships with women and men. It is amazing how much bed-hopping and lies were going on between everyone.
My own fascination with her began in 1972 when I saw six of her movies -- , Grand Hotel, Queen Christina, , Camille, Ninotchka. If you're interested in old Hollywood, Weimar, deviants and other juicy tales of rebellion. However, the level of detail can be confusing and tedious, since so many names come in and out of the picture you'll have to re-read some parts just to keep everybody straight no pun intended. I learned that her and Viertel had had an open marriage and while he was off with Bea she was having an affair with Greta Garbo. Kort is working on a biography of Laura Nyro for St. Bisexuality was the norm, and frequent bedding of multiple partners. Because she was fully prepared to do it.
The character McLellan refers to is played by Hertha von Walther, and named Else although her name is not given within the film itself. Indeed, some periods were surprisingly at least to me! Un libro que parte de simples rumores y en el que finalmente solo queda clara una cosa: que la autora tiene mucha imaginación, opiniones sesgadas, y una montaña de teorías chismosas a las que no aporta ningún tipo de prueba concluyente. And were these women bisexual with their lavender weddings? She considers herself a slacker-cum-caregiver, but occasionally writes a book review. The book was well researched and very well written - in fact, if the writing was not as good as it was, I would have likely given up a while back. That shows the staying power of a book I first read more than a decade ago. McLellan concluded the book nicely with giving insight into how the early days have given way to current Hollywood trends around acceptance of lesbianism and stars' sexual forays.
I read this for its concentration on Greta Garbo, this time through I skipped some of the early Hollywood tales about of Alla Nazimova. Lilyan Tashman was a highly skilled missionary for the joy of lesbian sex. At least I am old enough to remember a few of the stars sprinkled throughout the book. There are hilarious observations both from personalities like Noel Coward and from the author herself, and scary stories of obsessive pursuits and seductions. While von Walther does bear some resemblance to Dietrich, especially in the main scene McLellan cites as evidence, anyone watching the film can see that the actress in question is not, in fact, Dietrich. The author focusses on three major stars who were notorious bisexuals with large preference for women, namely, Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich and Tallulah Bankhead. I believe someone with more interest in the early Hollywood stars would have been much more into this book.
One wonders what it will be like to look back in another hundred years at what is going on now. And Dietrich spent her last years in Paris before her death in 1992. Somehow I'd not come across Mercedes Acosta before and she sounds fascinating so I'm definitely going to have to track down a copy of her book as well as Salka's. Some of McLellan's sources are a bit dubious, but that's the nature of the beast when you're trying to uncover the history of something that was deliberately kept hidden. The collapse of the studio system, the Cold War and the fear of communism contributed to a growing atmosphere of paranoia in Hollywood, and by 1950 lesbianism was under serious attack.
Garbo, according to McLellan, was neurotic, deeply secretive, and paranoid. A book you kind of have to take with a grain of salt. One wonders what it will be like to look back in another hundred years at what is going on now. Stars who didn't retire or leave town withdrew into the closet. Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here. Garbo was well known for being secretive and went to extraordinary length to protect her privacy. First things first: this book is tremendously entertaining.
Well this was obviously written by a gossip colomnist and not a historian! The author focusses on three major stars who were notorious The sewing circle in 1920s Hollywood This is a highly readable book and the author has way with words when she describes feminists of 1920s Hollywood who were redefining sexuality and marriage. The book is long and detailed, so you might want to keep it to hand and dip into it periodically, with a visit to some other book in between, but it is very readable and entertaining. She was something of an eccentric too, embracing mysticism and vegetarianism, and dressing in black or white only. Graphic and children's reviews on the blog typically feature two or three images from the book's interior, which are not reproduced here. I kept reading 10-20 page chunks and putting it down again.