”Careful grooming may take twenty years off a woman’s age, but you can’t fool a flight of stairs.” Marlene Dietrich

The heroine of my new Hollywood novel is a daring young soul, and this morning one of my favorite authors asks moi, someone who is 7 years older than Gloria Swanson was when she made Sunset Blvd. if bravado is possible past 50.

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  1. NotebookM by Lanny Morgnanesi

    You always come up with the best quotes and the best photos! I’ve not been posting for awhile and I hadn’t seen much from you. Looks like you are getting active again. Do you remember me? You were kind enough to read a couple of my stories. Seems you are back working on your second novel and have come out from behind Vickie Lester. It’s always tough changing “brands” but I think you made the right choice.

    • Good morning! Of course I remember you! How is the writing going? And thank you for the encouragement, isn’t it a funny world where we have to worry about “brands?” Although, I would say that is very minor worry in the face of recent events 😉 .

      • Thanks for responding. My writing is going slow but steady. I may have mentioned before that I have a novel in mind, and I’ve written a story that will go in the novel. It takes place in China 1984, when I lived there. It’s a two-character study of class, capitalism, noddles and national will. Oddly, it has brief mentions of Beverly Hills, Frank Sinatra and Princess Diana.

      • You captured the zeitgeist. A friend recently spent a year in Beijing, I imagine phenomenal changes have taken place in 33 years. I bet your novel will be a look into the catalyst…I want to read it when you’re done!

  2. How funny you should quote her – just last night I finished CW Gortner’s biographical novel, “Marlene” which I enjoyed just a much as his similar one about Coco Chanel. I just bought Maria Riva’s biography about her mother so I’m all about La Dietrich right now!

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