Dietrich in A Foreign Affair. Dir. Billy Wilder; 1948.
"I have always thought Audrey Wilder was one of the most stylish women in the world. Once she’d been a band singer with Tommy Dorsey. Then she went under contract to Paramount. Then she married the great film director Billy Wilder and kept him fascinated for forty years. Glamorous was the best way to describe her. She liked sequined dresses and diamond bracelets and had lot of each.
'Tell me about Marlene Dietrich,' I said. Dietrich was always described in gossip columns and biographies as the 'great friend' of Billy Wilder. I knew perfectly well when I started this conversation that Audrey had always loathed Marlene.
She inhaled her cigarette, looked down at her rings, then leaned in quite close so that the conversation belonged just to us, not the entire table.
'Let me tell you about Marlene,' she said, as she signaled to the waiter and pointed to her glass for a refill. 'I'm not one of those Hollywood dames who uses the C word at the drop of a hat, but if I ever did use the C word it's how I would describe Marlene, because that's what she was. Contrary to popular opinion she did not have an affair with my husband, although she liked people to think she did. Did you ever read that piece of trash biography her daughter wrote? Maria whatever her name is…”
- Dominick Dunne