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Hedy Lamarr

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Hollywood actress famous for her assignments in Ecstasy in 1933 and Samson and Delilah in 1949. She made an appearance in Boom City and Comrade X with Clark Gable. She was created in Austria and examined theater in Berlin. She and George Antheil co-invented approaches for cellular communication which were employed for radio-controlled torpedoes. She wedded six situations. Her longest relationship, which lasted seven years, was to W. Howard Lee and started in 1953. She acquired two sons and a little girl. In 1941, she caused Lana Turner in the musical extravaganza Ziegfeld Gal.

Quick Facts


Full Name Hedy Lamarr
Date Of Birth November 9, 1913
Died January 19, 2000, Casselberry, Florida, United States
Place Of Birth Vienna, Austria
Height 1.7 m
Profession Movie Actress
Nationality Austrian, American
Spouse Lewis J. Boies, W. Howard Lee, Teddy Stauffer, John Loder, Gene Markey, Friedrich Mandl
Children Anthony Loder, Denise Loder, James Lamarr Markey
Parents Emil Kiesler, Gertrud Kiesler
Movies Samson and Delilah, Ecstasy, Algiers, The Strange Woman, Dishonored Lady, White Cargo, Ziegfeld Girl, Tortilla Flat, Lady of the Tropics, Come Live with Me, Experiment Perilous, Comrade X, Boom Town, The Conspirators, My Favorite Spy, I Take This Woman, H. M. Pulham, Esq., The Heavenly Body, The Female Animal, Let's Live a Little, A Lady Without Passport, Her Highness and the Bellboy, The Story of Mankind, Copper Canyon, Gold on the Street, No Money Needed, Instant Karma, Crossroads, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, Loves of Three Queens, The Trunks of Mr. O.F., Storm in a Water Glass
Star Sign Scorpio

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#Fact
1 Mother of Anthony Loder and mother-in-law of Roxanne Loder.
2 She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6247 Hollywood Blvd. on February 8, 1960.
3 She was the daughter of Gertrud (Lichtwitz) and Emil Kiesler. Her father was born in Lviv (now in Ukraine) and her mother was born in Budapest, Hungary. Both were from Jewish families.
4 She studied at Max Reinhardt's theater school at the Deutsches Theater.
5 She admitted that she made one of her biggest career mistakes when she turned down the leading role in Casablanca (1942).
6 When Ecstasy (1933) was showed in the cinemas the name Hedy Kiesler was the talk of the town. However, instead of a great film career, she followed with a marriage to Austrian munitions manufacturer Fritz Mandl. She retired from the film business at her husband's request and devoted herself to the marriage. Mandl tried to buy up all existing copies of "Extase" but was unsuccessful. The marriage turned out to be a disaster, however--her husband beat her regularly and was an ardent Nazi supporter--and she escaped from the marriage and her home country and fled to England, where she met producer Louis B. Mayer, who changed her name to Hedy Lamarr in honor of silent-screen star Barbara La Marr.
7 Her nude and sex scenes in Ecstasy (1933) caused a scandal in Europe at the time. Even Benito Mussolini had a copy of the movie in his private possession. Today these nude scenes looks harmless.
8 In Die Koffer des Herrn O.F. (1931), she appeared with Peter Lorre. This would be the first of five films they would make together.
9 After an education that included ballet and dancing lessons and learning to speak such languages as English, Italian and Hungarian, she rounded off her apprenticeship by attending a Swiss boarding school.
10 Her father was a bank director and her mother was a pianist.
11 Although she earned a great deal of money during her career, she lost her fortune with her production company. She died impoverished in Florida in 2000.
12 She was married six times.
13 Considered Delilah to be the best performance of her career and Cecil B. DeMille's Samson and Delilah (1949) her best film.
14 Was the inspiration for the DC Comics antiheroine and Batman's love interest, Catwoman.
15 Was the inspiration for Anne Hathaway's performance of Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises (2012).
16 Was cast in the movie Picture Mommy Dead (1966), but fired on February 3, 1966, when she did not show up for the first day of shooting.
17 Was considered for the role of Ilsa Lund in Casablanca (1942), but Ingrid Bergman was cast instead. When Julius Epstein, one of the film's several screenwriters, was trying to "pitch" (explain the plot) to producer David O. Selznick, he started a long, drawn-out summary but finally wrapped up with "Oh, what the hell! It's going to be a lot of shit like Algiers (1938)!", which was one of her starring films.
18 Dr. Kleiner's pet head-crab "Lamarr" in the computer game Half-Life 2 (2004) is named after her.
19 Became a naturalized US citizen on April 10, 1953.
20 The first Inventor's Day in Germany was held in her honor on November 9, 2005, on what would have been her 92nd birthday.
21 The mansion used in The Sound of Music (1965) belonged to her at the time.
22 Biography in: "American National Biography". Supplement 1, pp. 337-338. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
23 Her profile was the most requested in the 1940s by women to their plastic surgeons.
24 For her appearance in Ecstasy (1933), she has been credited as being the first nude woman as well as portraying the first sex-scene in film history (scenes were cut and additional ones added in order to be able to release it in some countries). However, she was actually at least 18 years too late to be the first nude woman in film, as both Inspiration (1915) and Lois Weber's Hypocrites (1915) had beaten her to it.
25 Was co-inventor (with composer George Antheil) of the earliest known form of the telecommunications method known as "frequency hopping", which used a piano roll to change between 88 frequencies and was intended to make radio-guided torpedoes harder for enemies to detect or to jam. The method received U.S. patent number 2,292,387 on August 11, 1942, under the name "Secret Communications System". Frequency hopping is now widely used in cellular phones and other modern technology. However, neither she nor Antheil profited from this fact, because their patents were allowed to expire decades before the modern wireless boom. She received an award from the Electronic Frontier Foundation in 1997 for her pioneering work in spread-spectrum technology.
26 One of the few stars with whom costume designer Edith Head admitted she did not like working. The others were Claudette Colbert and Paulette Goddard.
27 During her marriage to screenwriter Gene Markey, the two adopted a son, James. She soon after gave birth to two children, Denise Hedy and Antony, while married to actor John Loder.
28 Arrested for shoplifting in 1991. She was found guilty at trial and sentenced to one year of probation.
29 Arrested for shoplifting in January 1966. Found not guilty.
30 After a screen test, it was Louis B. Mayer who changed her last name to Lamarr in honor of silent film star Barbara La Marr.
31 In April 1998 she sued software company Corel Corp. for using her photo on the cover of its product CorelDRAW.
32 Sued Mel Brooks for mocking her name in his film Blazing Saddles (1974) by naming a character "Hedley Lamarr". They settled out of court.
33 Had three children: Anthony Loder (born March 1, 1947), Denise Hedy Loder (born May 29, 1945), James Loder (born March 6, 1939; Hedy's husband John Loder adopted him October 16, 1939 as James Markey Lamarr).
34 Her inspiration for inventing a radio that broadcast on different frequencies came from watching a player piano paper go around with different holes in the paper. She gave the idea to the US War Department, which led to a radio guiding system for torpedoes that was used in World War II. She had supposedly gained the knowledge from her first husband, Fritz Mandl, an Austrian industrialist and arms dealer who philosophically and financially supported the Nazis. He was abusive and brutal to her, and she finally managed to escape him, and Austria, by drugging her maid.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Female Animal 1958 Vanessa Windsor
The Story of Mankind 1957 Joan of Arc
Zane Grey Theater 1957 TV Series Consuela Bowers
Slaughter on Tenth Avenue 1957 scenes deleted
Shower of Stars 1957 TV Series
I cavalieri dell'illusione 1954 Imperatrice Giuseppina / Genoveffa di Brabante / Hedy Windsor
L'eterna femmina 1954
Loves of Three Queens 1954 Hedy Windsor Elana di Troia Empress Josephine ...
My Favorite Spy 1951 Lily Dalbray
Copper Canyon 1950 Lisa Roselle
A Lady Without Passport 1950 Marianne Lorress
Samson and Delilah 1949 Delilah
Let's Live a Little 1948 Dr. J.O. Loring
Dishonored Lady 1947 Madeleine Damien
The Strange Woman 1946 Jenny Hager
Her Highness and the Bellboy 1945 Princess Veronica
Experiment Perilous 1944 Allida Bederaux
The Conspirators 1944 Irene Von Mohr
The Heavenly Body 1944 Vicky Whitley
White Cargo 1942 Tondelayo
Crossroads 1942 Lucienne Talbot
Tortilla Flat 1942 Dolores Sweets Ramirez
H.M. Pulham, Esq. 1941 Marvin Myles
Ziegfeld Girl 1941 Sandra Kolter
Come Live with Me 1941 Johnny Jones
Comrade X 1940 Theodore
Boom Town 1940 Karen Vanmeer
I Take This Woman 1940 Georgi Gragore
Lady of the Tropics 1939 Manon DeVargnes
Algiers 1938 Gaby
Ecstasy 1933 Eva Hermann (as Hedy Kiesler)
Man braucht kein Geld 1932 Käthe Brandt (as Hedy Kiesler)
Die Koffer des Herrn O.F. 1931 Helene - Tochter des Bürgermeisters (as Hedy Kiesler)
Storm in a Water Glass 1931 Secretary (as Hedy Kiesler)
Geld auf der Straße 1930 Young Girl at Night Club Table (as Hedwig Kiesler)

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
My Favorite Spy 1951 performer: "JUST A MOMENT MORE"
White Cargo 1942 performer: "Ma Blushin' Rosie" 1900 - uncredited
H.M. Pulham, Esq. 1941 performer: "Three O'Clock in the Morning" 1922 - uncredited

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Loves of Three Queens 1954 producer
The Strange Woman 1946 executive producer

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Stanley and Livingstone 1939 stand-in: Nancy Kelly - uncredited

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Apropos Film 1970 TV Series documentary Herself
The Merv Griffin Show 1969-1970 TV Series Herself / Herself - Guest
Personality 1968-1969 TV Series On film / Herself
The David Frost Show 1969 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Mike Douglas Show 1969 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Dick Cavett Show 1969 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Bob Hope Show 1966 TV Series Herself
To Tell the Truth 1966 TV Series Herself
Shindig! 1965 TV Series Herself - Guest Host
The Celebrity Game 1964 TV Series Herself - Celebrity Panelist
Stump the Stars 1962 TV Series Herself - Guest Panelist
The Jack Paar Tonight Show 1962 TV Series Herself
The Tonight Show 1962 TV Series Herself - Actress
The 33rd Annual Academy Awards 1961 TV Special Herself - Audience Member
What's My Line? 1957-1958 TV Series Herself - Guest Panelist / Herself - Mystery Guest
The George Gobel Show 1957 TV Series Herself - Guest Star
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show 1957 TV Series Herself - Match Game Wife
I've Got a Secret 1957 TV Series Guest Star
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall 1957 TV Series Guest Star
The Colgate Comedy Hour 1952-1953 TV Series Herself - Actress
All Star Revue 1952 TV Series Herself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1950 TV Series Herself
Camera Angles 1948 Documentary short Cameo
Show-Business at War 1943 Documentary short Herself
The Cavalcade of Academy Awards from 1928-1939 1940 Documentary short Herself
Screen Snapshots Series 18, No. 10 1939 Documentary short Herself
Hollywood Goes to Town 1938 Short documentary Herself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
War Stories with Oliver North 2005 TV Series documentary Herself
Edgar G. Ulmer - The Man Off-screen 2004 Documentary
Calling Hedy Lamarr 2004 Documentary Herself
Ziegfeld Girl Intro 2004 Video documentary short Herself
Celebrity Naked Ambition 2003 TV Movie documentary
Sendung ohne Namen 2003 TV Series documentary Herself
Sharon Stone - Una mujer de 100 caras 1998 TV Movie documentary Herself (uncredited)
The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies 1995 TV Movie documentary Herself
The Casting Couch 1995 Video documentary
Biography 1994 TV Series documentary Herself
That's Entertainment! III 1994 Documentary Performer in Clip from 'Ziegfeld Girl' (uncredited)
O Espectador que o Cinema Esqueceu 1991 Short
Instant Karma 1990 Movie Goddess
Going Hollywood: The War Years 1988 Documentary Herself
Entertaining the Troops 1988 Documentary Herself
Going Hollywood: The '30s 1984 Documentary
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage 1983 Documentary Herself (uncredited)
Showbiz Goes to War 1982 TV Movie
History of the Erotic Cinema 1982 Video Herself
That's Action 1977 Documentary Herself
Life Goes to War: Hollywood and the Home Front 1977 Documentary Herself
That's Entertainment, Part II 1976 Documentary Clip from 'White Cargo' (uncredited)
Brother Can You Spare a Dime 1975 Documentary
The World at War 1973 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself (uncredited)
The Dick Cavett Show 1971 TV Series Herself
Hollywood Blue 1970 Documentary Herself
Mondo Hollywood 1967 Documentary Herself (uncredited)
The Love Goddesses 1965 Documentary Herself
Hollywood: The Great Stars 1963 TV Movie documentary Actress 'Algiers' (uncredited)
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Party 1948 Short Herself
The Miracle of Sound 1940 Documentary short Herself
Hollywood: Style Center of the World 1940 Documentary short Herself
Arena 2012 TV Series documentary
CBS News Sunday Morning 2012 TV Series documentary Herself (segment "Bombshell")
Wallace and Gromit's World of Invention 2010 TV Series documentary Herself
The Naked Archaeologist 2005-2010 TV Series documentary Delilah
Cinema's Exiles: From Hitler to Hollywood 2009 TV Movie documentary Herself
The Dawn of Sound: How Movies Learned to Talk 2007 Video documentary Theodore
Hedy Lamarr: Secrets of a Hollywood Star 2006 Documentary Herself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Motion Picture On 8 February 1960. At 6247 Hollywood Blvd.
1949 Sour Apple Golden Apple Awards Least Cooperative Actress

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1951 Gold Medal Picturegoer Awards Best Actress Samson and Delilah (1949)

TitleSalary
A Lady Without Passport (1950) $90,000
Samson and Delilah (1949) $100,000
Her Highness and the Bellboy (1945) $7,500 /week

#Quote
1 [on working for Cecil B. DeMille in Samson and Delilah (1949)] I was won over to appearing in the picture from the moment I entered his office and saw the extent of the research that he had done on the whole subject. You have no idea how thorough and comprehensive that research is. He has the first suggestion of a script and treatment down to the final shooting script. He has documents and evidence to support everything he does.
2 I was the highest-priced and most important star in Hollywood, but I was "difficult".
3 I win because I learned years ago that scared money always loses. I never care, so I win.
4 To be a star is--to own the world and all the people in it. After a taste of stardom, everything else is poverty.
5 The ladder of success in Hollywood is usually agent, actor, director, producer, leading man. And you are a star if you sleep with them in that order. Crude but true.
6 [referring to the EFF award for invention frequency hopping] It's about time.
7 [1960s] It would be wrong of me to say so, but in this country [USA] money is more important than love. Most people here betray you and that's why there is so much chaos. I want to get away from here. I am homesick for Vienna . . . because my home is Vienna and Austria, not America... never!
8 Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid.
9 If you use your imagination, you can look at any actress and see her nude, I hope to make you use your imagination
10 My problem is, I'm a hell of a nice dame, The most horrible whores are famous. I did what I did for love. The others did it for money.
11 I must quit marrying men who feel inferior to me. Somewhere, there must be a man who could be my husband and not feel inferior. I need a superior inferior man.

#Trademark
1 Seductive deep voice
2 Voluptuous figure
3 Pale skin and green eyes
4 Nautral brunette hair

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