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Hedy Lamarr

Highest Rated:   100% That's Entertainment! III (1994)
Lowest Rated:   40% The Strange Woman (1946)
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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.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
50% 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
No Score Yet Man Braucht Kein Geld
  • Kathe Brandt
1932

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