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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
1Mother of Anthony Loder and mother-in-law of Roxanne Loder.
2She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6247 Hollywood Blvd. on February 8, 1960.
3She 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.
4She studied at Max Reinhardt's theater school at the Deutsches Theater.
5She admitted that she made one of her biggest career mistakes when she turned down the leading role in Casablanca (1942).
6When 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.
7Her 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.
8In Die Koffer des Herrn O.F. (1931), she appeared with Peter Lorre. This would be the first of five films they would make together.
9After 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.
10Her father was a bank director and her mother was a pianist.
11Although 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.
12She was married six times.
13Considered Delilah to be the best performance of her career and Cecil B. DeMille's Samson and Delilah (1949) her best film.
14Was the inspiration for the DC Comics antiheroine and Batman's love interest, Catwoman.
15Was the inspiration for Anne Hathaway's performance of Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises (2012).
16Was 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.
17Was 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.
18Dr. Kleiner's pet head-crab "Lamarr" in the computer game Half-Life 2 (2004) is named after her.
19Became a naturalized US citizen on April 10, 1953.
20The first Inventor's Day in Germany was held in her honor on November 9, 2005, on what would have been her 92nd birthday.
21The mansion used in The Sound of Music (1965) belonged to her at the time.
22Biography in: "American National Biography". Supplement 1, pp. 337-338. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
23Her profile was the most requested in the 1940s by women to their plastic surgeons.
24For 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.
25Was 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.
26One of the few stars with whom costume designer Edith Head admitted she did not like working. The others were Claudette Colbert and Paulette Goddard.
27During 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.
28Arrested for shoplifting in 1991. She was found guilty at trial and sentenced to one year of probation.
29Arrested for shoplifting in January 1966. Found not guilty.
30After a screen test, it was Louis B. Mayer who changed her last name to Lamarr in honor of silent film star Barbara La Marr.
31In April 1998 she sued software company Corel Corp. for using her photo on the cover of its product CorelDRAW.
32Sued Mel Brooks for mocking her name in his film Blazing Saddles (1974) by naming a character "Hedley Lamarr". They settled out of court.
33Had 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).
34Her 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 Animal1958Vanessa Windsor
The Story of Mankind1957Joan of Arc
Zane Grey Theater1957TV SeriesConsuela Bowers
Slaughter on Tenth Avenue1957scenes deleted
Shower of Stars1957TV Series
I cavalieri dell'illusione1954Imperatrice Giuseppina / Genoveffa di Brabante / Hedy Windsor
L'eterna femmina1954
Loves of Three Queens1954Hedy Windsor Elana di Troia Empress Josephine ...
My Favorite Spy1951Lily Dalbray
Copper Canyon1950Lisa Roselle
A Lady Without Passport1950Marianne Lorress
Samson and Delilah1949Delilah
Let's Live a Little1948Dr. J.O. Loring
Dishonored Lady1947Madeleine Damien
The Strange Woman1946Jenny Hager
Her Highness and the Bellboy1945Princess Veronica
Experiment Perilous1944Allida Bederaux
The Conspirators1944Irene Von Mohr
The Heavenly Body1944Vicky Whitley
White Cargo1942Tondelayo
Crossroads1942Lucienne Talbot
Tortilla Flat1942Dolores Sweets Ramirez
H.M. Pulham, Esq.1941Marvin Myles
Ziegfeld Girl1941Sandra Kolter
Come Live with Me1941Johnny Jones
Comrade X1940Theodore
Boom Town1940Karen Vanmeer
I Take This Woman1940Georgi Gragore
Lady of the Tropics1939Manon DeVargnes
Algiers1938Gaby
Ecstasy1933Eva Hermann (as Hedy Kiesler)
Man braucht kein Geld1932Käthe Brandt (as Hedy Kiesler)
Die Koffer des Herrn O.F.1931Helene - Tochter des Bürgermeisters (as Hedy Kiesler)
Storm in a Water Glass1931Secretary (as Hedy Kiesler)
Geld auf der Straße1930Young Girl at Night Club Table (as Hedwig Kiesler)

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
My Favorite Spy1951performer: "JUST A MOMENT MORE"
White Cargo1942performer: "Ma Blushin' Rosie" 1900 - uncredited
H.M. Pulham, Esq.1941performer: "Three O'Clock in the Morning" 1922 - uncredited

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Loves of Three Queens1954producer
The Strange Woman1946executive producer

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Stanley and Livingstone1939stand-in: Nancy Kelly - uncredited

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Apropos Film1970TV Series documentaryHerself
The Merv Griffin Show1969-1970TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
Personality1968-1969TV SeriesOn film / Herself
The David Frost Show1969TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Mike Douglas Show1969TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Dick Cavett Show1969TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Bob Hope Show1966TV SeriesHerself
To Tell the Truth1966TV SeriesHerself
Shindig!1965TV SeriesHerself - Guest Host
The Celebrity Game1964TV SeriesHerself - Celebrity Panelist
Stump the Stars1962TV SeriesHerself - Guest Panelist
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1962TV SeriesHerself
The Tonight Show1962TV SeriesHerself - Actress
The 33rd Annual Academy Awards1961TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
What's My Line?1957-1958TV SeriesHerself - Guest Panelist / Herself - Mystery Guest
The George Gobel Show1957TV SeriesHerself - Guest Star
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1957TV SeriesHerself - Match Game Wife
I've Got a Secret1957TV SeriesGuest Star
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall1957TV SeriesGuest Star
The Colgate Comedy Hour1952-1953TV SeriesHerself - Actress
All Star Revue1952TV SeriesHerself
The Ed Sullivan Show1950TV SeriesHerself
Camera Angles1948Documentary shortCameo
Show-Business at War1943Documentary shortHerself
The Cavalcade of Academy Awards from 1928-19391940Documentary shortHerself
Screen Snapshots Series 18, No. 101939Documentary shortHerself
Hollywood Goes to Town1938Short documentaryHerself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
War Stories with Oliver North2005TV Series documentaryHerself
Edgar G. Ulmer - The Man Off-screen2004Documentary
Calling Hedy Lamarr2004DocumentaryHerself
Ziegfeld Girl Intro2004Video documentary shortHerself
Celebrity Naked Ambition2003TV Movie documentary
Sendung ohne Namen2003TV Series documentaryHerself
Sharon Stone - Una mujer de 100 caras1998TV Movie documentaryHerself (uncredited)
The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies1995TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Casting Couch1995Video documentary
Biography1994TV Series documentaryHerself
That's Entertainment! III1994DocumentaryPerformer in Clip from 'Ziegfeld Girl' (uncredited)
O Espectador que o Cinema Esqueceu1991Short
Instant Karma1990Movie Goddess
Going Hollywood: The War Years1988DocumentaryHerself
Entertaining the Troops1988DocumentaryHerself
Going Hollywood: The '30s1984Documentary
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage1983DocumentaryHerself (uncredited)
Showbiz Goes to War1982TV Movie
History of the Erotic Cinema1982VideoHerself
That's Action1977DocumentaryHerself
Life Goes to War: Hollywood and the Home Front1977DocumentaryHerself
That's Entertainment, Part II1976DocumentaryClip from 'White Cargo' (uncredited)
Brother Can You Spare a Dime1975Documentary
The World at War1973TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself (uncredited)
The Dick Cavett Show1971TV SeriesHerself
Hollywood Blue1970DocumentaryHerself
Mondo Hollywood1967DocumentaryHerself (uncredited)
The Love Goddesses1965DocumentaryHerself
Hollywood: The Great Stars1963TV Movie documentaryActress 'Algiers' (uncredited)
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Party1948ShortHerself
The Miracle of Sound1940Documentary shortHerself
Hollywood: Style Center of the World1940Documentary shortHerself
Arena2012TV Series documentary
CBS News Sunday Morning2012TV Series documentaryHerself (segment "Bombshell")
Wallace and Gromit's World of Invention2010TV Series documentaryHerself
The Naked Archaeologist2005-2010TV Series documentaryDelilah
Cinema's Exiles: From Hitler to Hollywood2009TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Dawn of Sound: How Movies Learned to Talk2007Video documentaryTheodore
Hedy Lamarr: Secrets of a Hollywood Star2006DocumentaryHerself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 6247 Hollywood Blvd.
1949Sour AppleGolden Apple AwardsLeast Cooperative Actress

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1951Gold MedalPicturegoer AwardsBest ActressSamson 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.
2I was the highest-priced and most important star in Hollywood, but I was "difficult".
3I win because I learned years ago that scared money always loses. I never care, so I win.
4To be a star is--to own the world and all the people in it. After a taste of stardom, everything else is poverty.
5The 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!
8Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid.
9If you use your imagination, you can look at any actress and see her nude, I hope to make you use your imagination
10My 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.
11I 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
1Seductive deep voice
2Voluptuous figure
3Pale skin and green eyes
4Nautral brunette hair

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