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Dietrich, Marlene.  Marlene Dietrich’s ABC. New York: Frederick Ungar Publishing Co., (1984). 8vo (21.6 cm, 8.5"). vii, 183 pp.; illus.

One of 250 copies and signed by Marlene Dietrich: The famous German actress, singer and humanitarian => presents the alphabet in her own unique and witty way. Each letter gets its own following list of her favorite words, names, and things beginning with it, with her own definition/impression of each one; at times her observations cover several pages, other times her aphorisms are a single line. For "glamour," she writes, "The which I would like to know the meaning of"; for "camera": "A friend of mine. We understood each other." This is the revised edition, with additions to the text and photographs.
        Dietrich (1901–92) was an active performer for much of the 20th century; she reinvented her image many times — going from film actor to humanitarian during World War II to cabaret artist — and maintained her popularity and glamorous image throughout the years. In 1947, she received the Medal of Freedom for her work supporting Allied troops.
        The volume includes a section of black-and-white photographs of Dietrich in various roles and with co-stars and friends.
        => Signed by Dietrich on the front free endpaper, where the book is also numbered (94).

Publisher's white cloth with gilt lettering to spine; original pink pictorial dust jacket present with faded spine, light wear to corners, minor creasing and rubbing to front panel with short tears to upper edge, and small piercing at front joint. => Volume under jacket, pristine.  (37966)   Please RESHELVE This.

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