The Girls: Sappho Goes to Hollywood

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Macmillan, Sep 19, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 464 pages
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Diana McLellan reveals the complex and intimate connections that roiled behind the public personae of Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Tallulah Bankhead, and the women who loved them. Private correspondence, long-secret FBI files, and troves of unpublished documents reveal a chain of lesbian affairs that moved from the theater world of New York, through the heights of chic society, to embed itself in the power structure of the movie business. The Girls serves up a rich stew of film, politics, sexuality, psychology, and stardom.
  

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Review: The Girls: Sappho Goes to Hollywood

User Review  - Erin O'Riordan - Goodreads

How was I supposed to resist a title like that? This is the allegedly true, research-based story of Hollywood's two most famous LGBTQIA actresses of the 1930s, Ms. Greta Garbo and Ms. Marlene Dietrich ... Read full review

Review: The Girls: Sappho Goes to Hollywood

User Review  - Suzanne Stroh - Goodreads

A rollicking read if ever there was one. Garbo, Weimar Germany, old movies, international spycraft, stolen jewels and gorgeous, Jet Setting women with supercharged libidos: What's not to like? This is ... Read full review

Contents

All About Alla
3
Enter Mercedes
16
Alla Meets Celluloid and Eva
21
Natacha and Alla and Rudy
26
Two Disappointments
31
A Grand Amour
34
Divided Loyalties
38
A Moral Crisis
46
The New Man in Town
205
Travels with Greta
209
Otto Among the Girls
213
The Camille Confrontation
219
A Social Triumph a Desert Drought and a French Connection
223
Paleness Poison And a Summer of Love
229
Role Hunting
234
Love Light and Otherwise
237

THE SECRET
55
A Swede Steams In
57
Everyone Does it
67
Greta and John
70
Nobody Will Say Anything
73
The Subtle Salka
77
Mercedess Star Trek
82
A Role Model and Fifi
89
The End of Silence
94
Love and a Secret Consort
99
HIDDEN AGENDAS
115
The Garbo Project
117
The GarboMercedes Affair
122
Ottos New Job
130
Tallulah Takes Aim
133
Miss Garbos New York Sojourn
141
Tallulah Makes Her Mark
144
Flirting
152
Misbehavior and a Cat Party
158
The Christina Crisis
161
The MercedesMarlene Affair
163
A European Interlude
169
Bonjour Tristesse
171
Marlenes Mysterious Voyage
176
Image Problems and an Accident
184
A Change of Air
189
Of Emeralds and Empresses
194
Another Salka Coup
199
THE CELL AND THE SEWING CIRCLE
203
Foreign Affairs
243
Russian Accents
251
A Hollywood Sea Change
259
Love Games
270
Politics and Players
275
Changing Partners
283
The TwoFaced Woman
287
COMBAT
293
Forward March
295
Tallulah and Lizabeth
307
Changing Roles in the Ladies Auxiliary
309
War and Peace and the Great Reunion
317
LOVE IN A COLDWAR CLIMATE
325
La Vie en Rose
327
Settling Down
331
The Unfinished Business
335
Dietrich Laughs Last
340
On the Air
347
The End of Otto
350
The Closet Slams Shut
354
Questions of Identity
360
The Songbird Solution
363
A Curtain Falls
366
The End of the Joyless Street
375
Afterword
380
Notes
383
Selected Bibliography
420
Index
427
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About the author (2001)

Diana McLellan is the author of Ear on Washington, a survey of gossip in our nation's capital. Her column, "The Ear," appeared for then years in the Washington Star, Post, and then the Times, and was syndicated nationally. A prizewinning reporter, she is the former Washington editor of the Washingtonian, and a contributing editor to Ladies' Home Journal.