Those who have followed the story of Hollywood’s Golden Age will know of legendary screenwriter Salka Viertel, friend of Garbo and screenwriter for many films, including the 1933 classic Garbo film, Queen Christina. Scholar Donna Rifkind’s book, The Sun and Her Stars: Salka Viertel and Hitler's Exiles in the Golden Age of Hollywood (Other Press) is the first complete biography of Viertel, bringing to light Viertel’s role in Hollywood not only as a screenwriter, but as the provider of housing, jobs and financial support for many refugee artists escaping Europe during the Holocaust. A friend and supporter of Eisenstein, Huxley, Brecht, Isherwood and Mann, among others, Salka Viertel’s story is an important one, and well told in this book.
"An immersive biography...Chock-full of scandalous affairs and wartime atmosphere, this sparkling account brings overdue attention to a woman who helped make Hollywood's golden age possible." -- Publishers Weekly.
"The unjustly forgotten Salka Viertel, premier memoirist of Hollywood's Golden Age and so much more, gets a vital, comprehensive biography to call her own in Donna Rifkind's lively and engaging The Sun and Her Stars." --Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times.