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Marlene Dietrich & Family
Marlene Dietrich starred in "The Scarlet Empress."
Marlene's daughter, Maria Riva, played the younger version of her mother's character in "The Scarlet Empress."

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 Greatest Bluff.

Maria's sons with set designer William Riva are late production designer J. Michael RivaJ. Paul Riva, and David Riva. J. Michael worked on over 40 films titles, including the Lethal WeaponCharlie'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 2Six Days Seven Nights, and Lethal Weapon 4. David directed and produced the 2001 documentary Marlene Dietrich: Her Own Song.     

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