Oscar-nominated actress Marlene
Dietrich (1930's Morocco and The Blue Angel,
1957's Witness for the Prosecution, 1961's Judgment at
Nuremberg) was the mother of actress Maria Riva. Maria's first onscreen
appearance was as the younger version of her mother's character in The
Scarlet Empress (1934). Maria also appeared in her mother's film The
Garden of Allah in 1936.
In 1993, she wrote a memoir about her mother,
titled Marlene Dietrich by Her Daughter.
On being the screen legend's child, Maria was quoted as saying, "As a child I
thought my name was 'Maria The-Daughter-Of'."
Maria's father was director/producer/cinematographer Rudolf
Sieber. Rudolf assistant produced 1925's Dance Fever, in which
Marlene was a dance extra. He was also the assistant director of 1927's His
Maria's sons with set
designer William Riva are late production
designer J. Michael Riva, J. Paul Riva, and David
Riva. J. Michael worked on over 40 films titles, including the Lethal
Weapon, Charlie's Angels, and Spiderman films. His wife, Wendy Riva, worked in the art department on a number of films with her husband. J.
Paul worked in the art department for three films alongside his brother,
including Lethal Weapon 2, Six Days Seven Nights, and Lethal
Weapon 4. David directed and produced the 2001 documentary Marlene
Dietrich: Her Own Song.