Blue Angel: The Life of Marlene Dietrich by Donald Spoto

By Donald Spoto

Acclaimed biographer Donald Spoto brings to existence probably the most incandescent and elusive big name to grace Hollywood, Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992). He has tapped archival fabrics and carried out dozens of interviews to give a existence tale choked with an important new information: her hardships and struggles for acceptance in Nineteen Twenties Berlin; her transformation right into a display goddess; her leisure of Allied troops in the course of the global conflict II; and her stint as a nightclub singer within the Fifties. Spoto additionally comprises bills of her amorous affairs with Yul Brynner, Maurice Chevalier, Gary Cooper, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr, Eddie Fisher, normal George S. Patton, Erich Maria Remarque, Frank Sinatra, and John Wayne.

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For weeks it seemed as if war was imminent. In late September, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain flew to Munich to meet with Hitler. ” Germany got the Sudetenland. In return, the democracies got a promise that Hitler would leave the rest of the country alone. Joe Sr. vocally and publicly supported the deal. Six months later, German forces occupied the remainder of Czechoslovakia. Jack had a front-row seat for these events. , Jack spent the summer of 1938 working at the embassy in London, and he planned on spending much of 1939 not at Harvard but based in London, gathering material on the senior thesis he intended to write for the newly established Harvard School of Government.

The climate and the co-eds in California appealed to Jack. “Have become quite fond of Stanford,” he wrote to Lem Billings. ” On weekends, there were jaunts down the coast to Hollywood, where his Kennedy name won him access to exclusive nightclubs and A-list parties. Here he met stars like Clark Gable and Lana Turner. S. history. Along with millions of American men between ages twenty-one and thirty-five, Jack lined up to register on October 18. Three weeks later, literally by the luck of the draw, Jack became one of the first men called up by the Army, although he wouldn’t have to report for his physical until the end of the academic year in July 1941.

RIGHT Jack’s uniform bears the single stripe and star of an ensign in this photograph taken during his stint in Charleston. In October 1942, he won promotion to lieutenant, junior grade. FROM the SOUTH PACIFIC to the SENATE + 46 + the target of a Washington gal columnist’s affections. So much so that she has consulted her barrister about divorcing her exploring groom. ” Indeed. For a while, Jack tried to keep up a long-distance relationship with Arvad, but they broke up in February—by which time, Arvad was already seeing another man.

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