Marlene Dietrich was one of the first great sex symbols of the sound era, and most of today's female stars look like sickly children in comparision. She was romantically linked to most of the men she worked with – and some of the women – and was famously sued by the wife of her mentor, Josef Von Sternberg, for "alienation of affection." But according to her daughter, Maria Riva, Marlene Dietrich was a schizophrenic who didn't even like sex. Riva, who is 81, has basically made a career out of spreading rumors about her mother; she not only published her own memoirs, but every time a new book is released, Riva very publically weighs in. Her latest comments will appear in a German magazine called Bunte tomorrow, and whilst it's unclear as of yet what evidence Riva will use to back these claims up, one imagines that she'll probably discuss Marlene's romance with Erich Maria Remarque, author of All Quiet on the Western Front. Remarque and Dietrich met in 1937 and had a three-year affair, much of it carried out through letters later published in a volume called Tell Me That You Loved Me. On their first night together, Remarque allegedly admitted to Dietrich that he was impotent. Dietrich's response? "Oh, how wonderful!" She later told a biographer, "I was so happy! ... We would simply read and sleep, be tender ... God, how I loved this man!"
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