Monday, February 22, 2010

The View from Afar 4

“The day the Hindenburg burst into flames while trying to dock in New Jersey, we heard it over the radio in the dressing room. The announcer broke down trying to describe the disaster. He was sobbing. My mother was jubilant: ‘You see? Remember how I wouldn’t let us take it? Even when Papi sad we should? It must have been sabotage! Very good! Now the Nazis have to spend money to build another Zeppelin that nobody will go on because they will be too frightened after this!’ ”

Maria Riva in Marlene Dietrich by her daughter Maria Riva … page 435
(During the filming of Ernst Lubitsch’s Angel)

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