Hedy Lamarr

Actor, Songwriter, Script girl
A major star under contract with MGM during the 1930s and 1940s, Hedy Lamarr gained international notoriety thanks to her taboo-breaking performance in the Austrian-made drama "Ecstasy" (1933), which featured the ... Read more »
Born: 11/09/1914 in Vienna, AT

Filmography

Actor (11)

Instant Karma 1990 (Movie)

Movie Goddess (Actor)

Entertaining the Troops 1987 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Going Hollywood: The War Years 1987 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Zane Grey Theater 1956 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

The Female Animal 1958 (Movie)

Vanessa Windsor (Actor)

The Story of Mankind 1957 (Movie)

Joan of Arc (Actor)

The Loves of Three Queens 1953 (Movie)

Genieve de Brabant (Actor)

My Favorite Spy 1951 (Movie)

Lily Dalbray (Actor)

Boom Town 1939 (Movie)

(Actor)

Comrade X 1939 (Movie)

Theodore (Actor)

Algiers 1937 (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

A major star under contract with MGM during the 1930s and 1940s, Hedy Lamarr gained international notoriety thanks to her taboo-breaking performance in the Austrian-made drama "Ecstasy" (1933), which featured the actress fully nude - practically unheard of at the time. Lamarr later made her way to Hollywood and began appearing in a number of pictures, most notably "Algiers" (1938), "I Take This Woman" (1940), "Ziegfeld Girl" (1941), "Boom Town" (1940) and "White Cargo" (1942). Despite her popularity and the success of her films, Lamarr was pegged as an actress of limited abilities and was therefore often cast as the desirable woman of mystery, which perfectly suited her strikingly dark exotic looks. In fact, she was hailed as the "world's most beautiful woman." Despite that moniker, Lamarr gave a strong performance in King Vidor's "H.M. Pulhan, Esq." (1941), proving that she could deliver the goods if offered a good script and steady direction. After appearing in "The Conspirators" (1944) and "Her Highness and the Bellboy" (1945), her contract with MGM lapsed and she entered a career decline. Her only major highlight was starring in Cecil B. DeMille's epic "Samson and Delilah" (1949), though she failed to capitalize on that movie's huge success. In the mid-1950s, Lamarr unceremoniously left the showbiz and the spotlight, only to garner headlines for shoplifting in 1965 and again in 1991. In between, she released a lurid autobiography, <i>Ecstasy and Me</i> (1966), only to sue her ghostwriter for alleged inaccuracies, while facing fines for failure to pay back taxes and filing a false rape claim. While Lamarr's inability to register emotion on camera may have ultimately doomed her career, her undeniable good looks allowed her to reasonably portray femme fatales and achieve a kind of glamorous screen mortality.

Relationships

Anthony Loder

Son

Father

Lewis Boles

Husband
married on March 4, 1963 separated on October 15, 1964 divorced allegedly was abusive toward Lamarr

Denise Deluca

Daughter
father John Loder

James Lamarr

Son
adopted by Lamarr and Gene Markey later adopted by John Loder claims to be Lamarr's natural child via a birth certificate filed in 1939 16 days after his birth that lists Lamarr as his mother contested her will

W Lee

Husband
married in 1953 divorced in 1960

John Loder Actor

Husband
married 1943 divorced 1947 Third husband

Fritz Mandl

Husband
Austrian married in 1933 divorced in 1937 after he decided to buy all the footage from the film "Ecstacy" because it featured Lamarr in the nude also was a Nazi sympathizer

Gene Markey Screenwriter

Husband

Edward Norris Actor

Companion
he was simultaneously involved with both Lamarr and Joan Crawford

Ted Stauffer

Husband
married in 1951 divorced in 1952

Spencer Tracy Actor

Companion
reportedly began relationship in October 1938 during filming of "I Take This Woman" ended in February 1939

EDUCATION

attended finishing school in Switzerland

Max Reinhardt School

Berlin
the school was incorporated into The Berlin University of Arts in 1964

Milestones

1997

Honored for her invention of spread spectrum radio technology

1991

Arrested for shoplifting $21.48 worth of sundries from a drugstore in Casselberry, Florida (August 1)

1990

One-shot return to films, "Instant Karma", in the role of Movie Goddess

1970

Fined for reporting a false rape charge

1966

Published ghosted autobiography "Ecstasy and Me"

1965

Accused of shoplifting $86 pair of slippers from L.A. department store; acquitted

1958

Last film for many years, "The Female Animal"

1954

Reported she had been robbed of over $50,000 worth of jewelry; later found the missing jewelry in her home

1951

Last Hollywood film for six years, "My Favorite Spy", co-starring Bob Hope

1949

Faltering career boosted by her appearance as the alluring temptress in her biggest box office success, Cecil B. DeMille's "Samson and Delilah"

1946

Helped form a production company, Mars Film Corporation, which made two films, "The Strange Woman" and "Dishonored Lady", starring Lamarr

1944

Left MGM; last film there for six years, "Her Highness and the Bellboy"

1941

Received US patent for invention of a communications system that was a forerunner of spread spectrum communications

1939

First film with MGM, "Lady of the Tropics"

1938

Loaned out by Mayer to Walter Wanger (United Artists) and caused a sensation in her first Hollywood film, "Algiers"

1937

Moved to USA; signed by Louis B. Mayer who changed her name to Lamarr in honor of deceased actress Barbara LaMarr

1933

Gained international attention when she appeared completely nude in a 10-minute sequence in Gustav Machaty's erotic romantic drama, "Extase/Ecstasy"

1930

First film appearance in bit role, Georg Jacoby's "Geld auf der Strasse (Austrian)

Bonus Trivia

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Lamarr and composer George Anthiel received a patent for an idea they had to aid the war effort. It was a "secret communications technique" that would allow for control of armed torpedoes over long distances without detection by an enemy or without jamming. The technology was a precursor of spread-spectrum communications that is utilized in such items as cellular phones and microprocessors. Lamarr and Antheil received a 1997 EFF Pioneer Award for their efforts.

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