The Girls: Sappho Goes to Hollywood

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The Girls: Sappho Goes to Hollywood
Author Diana McLellan
Country United States
Language English
Subject Hollywood, Gay and Lesbian, Politics, Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Tallulah Bankhead
Publisher St. Martin's Press
Publication date
October 2000
Media type Hardcover
Pages 440
ISBN 978-0-312-24647-1
Preceded by 'Ear On Washington'

The Girls: Sappho Goes To Hollywood is a 2000 book by Diana McLellan that speculates on a romance between Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich. The Observer found it "purely speculative" and "uncorroborated".[1] Kirkus found it "lively".[2] Publishers Weekly was more approving, saying McLellan was able to "bring a broader context and new sense of scholarship to the subject".[3] The Houston Chronicle praised "exhaustive" research and found the book far from salacious.[4]

It was nominated in the Lesbian Studies category for the 13th Lambda Literary Awards.


Diana McLellan reveals the complex and intimate connections that roiled behind the public personae of Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Tallulah Bankhead, and the women who loved them. Private correspondence, long-secret FBI files, and troves of unpublished documents reveal a chain of lesbian affairs that moved from the theater world of New York City, through the heights of chic society, to embed itself in the power structure of the movie business. The Girls serves up a rich stew of film, politics, sexuality, psychology, and stardom.

— Via Goodreads [5]

Notable media mentions[edit]


  1. ^ Wood, Gaby. "The Girls: Sappho goes to Hollywood". The Observer. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "The Girls (Review)". Kirkus. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "The Girls (Review)". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  4. ^ Tennant, Donna (May 27, 2001). "'The Girls: Sappho Goes to Hollywood' by Diana McLellan". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "The Girls: Sappho Goes to Hollywood". Goodreads Book Listing. 15 May 2007. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  6. ^ “‘I Want to Try Everything Once’ / Tallulah Bankhead’s bisexual braggadocio stands up to scrutiny” -- Cached on Dropbox [1]