Reunited with her Sister About Town, Anna May Wong, for "Shanghai Express" in 1932. The movie was a box-office juggernaut and Anna May introduced Marlene to the gay circle in Hollywood, where Marlene would meet her lover, Mercedes de Acosta.
Marlene and the famous writer, Erich Maria Remarque, with whom she had a desultory affair. Remarque was moody, prone to depression, and though she could be introspective, at heart Marlene was an optimist.
Marlene in her bowtie on the cover of "Motion Picture" magazine in 1935. Before the Hays Office censors gripped Hollywood, her androgyny was celebrated and capitalized on, "The Woman Even Women Can Adore."