It was an offer hardly anyone could refuse. In the summer of 1938, the German foreign minister, Joachim von Rippentrop, turned up unexpectedly at the Paris Hotel Windsor. He marched together with his entire entourage directly into the suite of the German Hollywood star Marlene Dietrich, with the intention of making her a tempting offer. Two years previously, Hitler's propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels, had already sent an emissary to her in Hollywood promising to put an end to the slanderous attacks upon her in the German media and pay her 200,000 Reichsmark for one month's work on a German film of her choice. She had declined the offer - and she did so again emphatically, while for her own safety abruptly locking her lover, novelist Erich Maria Remarque, who had been declared persona non grate in the "Third Reich", in the bathroom. Hitler merely wanted to get at her frilly underpants, she later declared to the general amusement of all. A quick-witted joke - and the most important decision in Marlene Dietrich's life that made her Hitler's enemy.