Inventor and actress Hedy Lamarr
Inventor actress Hedy Lamarr
Austrian actress of the 1930s and 1940s, Lamarr was frequently called the most beautiful woman in motion pictures. In addition to cinema, Lamarr was engaged in inventive activities. In 1942, together with George Antheil, she patented a system that allowed remote control of torpedoes.
A true jewelry lover, she wore pearl necklaces, earrings, bracelets and brooches. Generally, for movie and advertising the actresses wore her own decorations. The taste of the actress is elegant and flawless. She will forever be remembered not only as one of the most beautiful women ever to grace a motion picture screen, but also as a smart woman.
She first created a sensation when appeared nude in the Czechoslovakian film, Ecstasy in 1933. The daughter of a director of the Bank of Vienna, Hedwig Kiesler had a privileged childhood. Even as a teenager, she was extraordinarily beautiful, and at least one man committed suicide when she didn’t agree to marry him. When she married munitions millionaire Fritz Mandl in 1933, he was so insanely jealous that he tried to buy up every copy of Ecstasy to destroy it.
She was also a popular World War II pinup, and participated in war bond and United Service Organization (USO) tours.
After her first marriage ended, she married five more times. Among her husbands were actor John Loder (1943-1947) and screenwriter Gene Markey (1939). Lamarr appeared in her last feature film, The Female Animal, in 1957. She quickly faded from view, except for an occasional television appearance.
A supposed autobiography, Ecstasy and Me appeared in the 1960s, although Lamarr later sued her ghostwriters, claiming the story was fiction. She again disappeared from the public eye, although she had some success as a songwriter and artist in Greenwich Village.