Maria Riva was born in Berlin in 1924 and is the only child of Marlene Dietrich. Riva performed in Germany and Italy as part of a USO troupe during World War II and taught acting at Fordham University upon her return to the United States. She has performed on Broadway, radio, television, and film and has been nominated for an Emmy. Riva continues an active life in California and spends time visiting her sons and grandchildren.
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