Anita Berber, 1922: Madame D'Ora - Germany. Weimar cabaret goddess Anita Berber led a life that would be considered shocking even today. Berber embodied decadence: she was an unapologetic spendthrift drug addict and alcoholic sometime prostitute whose many high-profile bisexual and S&M affairs remain the stuff of legend. An electrifying avant-garde dancer, she often performed nude or wearing androgynous costumes.This human volcano of scandal and creativity expired in 1928 at the age of 29.
He pulled me up out of the snowy street in an instant as a car careened past. I clutched near my throat, half-laughing, "Thanks, for that." I smiled at him, but when I started moving forward again, his hand was still on my arm, staring at his fingers. "Yeah," he was gasping. I scrunched my eyebrows, "Hey . . . what's the matter?" He looked up at me, electrified.