Hedy Lamarr

Lowest Rated: 40% The Strange Woman (1946)
Birthday: Nov 9, 1914
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria-Hungary
The daughter of a Vienesse banker, Hedy Lamarr began her acting career at 16 under the tutelage of German impresario Max Reinhardt. She began appearing in German films in 1930, but garnered little attention until her star turn in Czech director Gustav Machaty's Extase (Ecstasy) in 1933. It wasn't just because Lamarr appeared briefly in the nude; Extase was filled to overflowing with orgasmic imagery, including tight close-ups of Lamarr in the throes of delighted passion. Though her first husband, Austrian businessman Fritz Mandl, tried to buy up and destroy all prints of Extase, the film enjoyed worldwide distribution, the result being that Lamarr was famous in America before ever setting foot in Hollywood. She was signed by producer Walter Wanger to co-star with Charles Boyer in the American remake of the French Pepe Le Moko, titled Algiers (1938). That Lamarr wasn't much of an actress was compensated with several scenes in which she was required to merely stand around silently and look beautiful (she would later downgrade these performances, equating sex appeal with "looking stupid"). The prudish Louis B. Mayer was willing to forgive Lamarr the "indiscretion" of Extase by signing her to a long MGM contract in 1939. Most of her subsequent roles were merely decorative (never more so than as Tondelayo in White Cargo [1940]), though she was first rate in the complex role of the career woman who "liberates" stuffy Bostonian Robert Young in H.M. Pulham, Esq. (1942). In 1949, Lamarr, tastefully under-dressed, appeared opposite the equally attractive Victor Mature in Cecil B. DeMille's Samson and Delilah (1949). Lamarr's limited acting skills became more pronounced in her 1950s films, especially when she gamely tried to play Joan of Arc in the all-star disaster The Story of Mankind (1957). She disappeared from films in 1958. An autobiography, Ecstasy and Me, enabled her to pay many of her debts, though she'd later sue her collaborators for distorting the facts. In another legal action, Lamarr took on director Mel Brooks for using the character name "Hedley Lamarr" in his 1974 Western spoof Blazing Saddles. In 1990, Lamarr made an unexpected return before the cameras in the obscure low-budget Hollywood satire Instant Karma, in which she was typecast in the role of Movie Goddess.

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95% Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story Actor 2017
No Score Yet Calling Hedy Lamarr Actor 2011
No Score Yet Die Koffer des Herrn O.F. (The Trunks of Mr. O.F.) Actor 2010
No Score Yet Hedy Lamarr: Secrets of a Hollywood Star Actor 2006
100% That's Entertainment! III Actor 1994
No Score Yet Instant Karma Movie Goddess 1990
No Score Yet The Story of Mankind Joan of Arc 1957
No Score Yet Love of Three Queens Actor 1954
No Score Yet My Favorite Spy Lily Dalbray 1951
No Score Yet Copper Canyon Lisa Roselle 1950
No Score Yet A Lady Without Passport Marianne Lorress 1950
57% Samson and Delilah Delilah 1949
No Score Yet Let's Live a Little Dr. J.O. Loring 1948
No Score Yet Dishonored Lady Madeleine Damien 1947
40% The Strange Woman Jenny Hager 1946
No Score Yet Her Highness and The Bellboy Actor 1945
100% Experiment Perilous Allida Bedereaux 1944
No Score Yet The Heavenly Body Vicky Whitley 1944
No Score Yet The Conspirators Irene Von Mohr 1944
No Score Yet White Cargo Tondelayo 1942
No Score Yet Tortilla Flat Dolores 'Sweets' Ramirez 1942
No Score Yet Crossroads Lucienne Talbot 1942
No Score Yet H.M. Pulham, Esq. Marvin Myles 1941
No Score Yet Ziegfeld Girl Mrs. Sondra Colter 1941
No Score Yet Come Live with Me Johnny Jones 1941
No Score Yet Comrade X Golubka / Theodore Yahupitz / Lizvanetchka 'Lizzie' 1940
No Score Yet I Take This Woman Georgi Gragore Decker 1940
No Score Yet Boom Town Karen Vanmeer 1940
No Score Yet Lady of the Tropics Manon deVargnes Carey/Kira Kim 1939
No Score Yet Algiers Gaby 1938
67% Ecstasy (Ekstase) (Rhapsody of Love) (Symphony of Love) Eva Hermann 1933
No Score Yet Man Braucht Kein Geld Kathe Brandt 1932

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