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Hi I just joined and thought I would try to get a discussion going on Maria Riva's book. I usually shy away from the books by children of old time stars since the infamous lie of the unfortunately best seller Mommie Dearest by Christina Crawford but someone told me Riva's book was good so I bought it. What a piece of junk, not only was it clear that Riva did it for the money but Riva never takes personal reasonability of her own life and happiness - all the unhappiness in Riva's life (if you believe it) was strictly related to her mother Marlene Dietrich. After finishing chapter one I knew this was a poor imitation of Christina's book. Riva plays the blame game throughout her book. As you can clearly see I do not recommend this book but would look to know if anyone in this community unfortunately read this piece of trash and what did you think of it?


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In the biography I'm reading by Marlene's daughter, it's mentioned that Blonde Venus was originally meant to have a different ending that what we see in the final version but that Sternbeg (the director) eventually gave in to studio demands and filmed it with the ending that the studio wanted. Inititally he refused to film it at all without his ending.
This is probably my favorite Dietrich film (and I've seen many) but I'm sure those of you who have seen it would agree that the ending is a bit far-fetched (though still brilliantly directed). I imagine it originally ending on a much more melancholy note.

So, the question obviously is...does anyone know how Blonde Venus was supposed to end?
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