“I love conversations,” says Charlotte Chandler, with a contagious enthusiasm that offers a clue as to how she persuaded some of Hollywood’s greatest icons—Mae West, Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Ingrid Bergman and more—to talk, talk, talk.
In Chandler’s latest, Marlene (Simon and Schuster), Marlene Dietrich speaks of her career and life. When the interviews took place in 1977, the film icon, then 76, lived in Paris in a self-imposed exile that eventually spanned 10 years. Here, Chandler tells us about the conversations that have resulted in a full shelf of her film biographies:
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