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Lilly Nelly Aphrodite was worn at the beginning of the twentieth century, illegitimate, orphaned daughter of a cabaret performer. She finds early refuge at a Berlin Catholic orphanage. She goes from orphan to maid, war bride, tingle-tangle nightclub girl, and script typist. Her eventual transformation into one of Germany's leading silent-film stars, and a partner in a remarkable romance that crosses decades and continents, could ultimately cost her everything she has worked for.