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Ziegfeld Girl... Nobody knew how to create a spectacular show-stopping number better than Busby... more info $5.99was $19.98 Buy Now

Classic Double... Screen vixen Hedy Lamarr brings the heat in this fabulous double feature. Giving... more info $9.99was $9.99 Buy Now

My Favorite... When Bob Hope becomes a secret agent, the results aren't so much... more info $24.95was $24.95 Buy Now

H.M. Pulham... Emmy and Golden Globe-winner Robert Young ("Crossfire," TV's Marcus Welby,... more info $17.99was $17.99 Buy Now

The Story Of... Here is the most far-out courtroom thriller you’ll ever see. The setting is... more info $19.99was $19.99 Buy Now

Crossroads... With a lovely new bride by his side and a diplomatic appointment imminent, David... more info $19.99was $19.99 Buy Now

Also Known As: Hedy Kiesler,Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler,Hedwig Kiesler Died: January 18, 2000
Born: November 9, 1913 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Austria Profession: Cast ... actor songwriter script girl
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A major star under contract with MGM during the 1930s and 1940s, Hedy Lamarr gained international notoriety thanks to her taboo-breaking performance in the Austrian-made drama "Ecstasy" (1933), which featured the actress fully nude - practically unheard of at the time. Lamarr later made her way to Hollywood and began appearing in a number of pictures, most notably "Algiers" (1938), "I Take This Woman" (1940), "Ziegfeld Girl" (1941), "Boom Town" (1940) and "White Cargo" (1942). Despite her popularity and the success of her films, Lamarr was pegged as an actress of limited abilities and was therefore often cast as the desirable woman of mystery, which perfectly suited her strikingly dark exotic looks. In fact, she was hailed as the "world's most beautiful woman." Despite that moniker, Lamarr gave a strong performance in King Vidor's "H.M. Pulhan, Esq." (1941), proving that she could deliver the goods if offered a good script and steady direction. After appearing in "The Conspirators" (1944) and "Her Highness and the Bellboy" (1945), her contract with MGM lapsed and she entered a career decline. Her only major highlight was starring in Cecil B. DeMille's epic "Samson and Delilah" (1949), though she failed to capitalize on that movie's huge success. In the mid-1950s, Lamarr unceremoniously left the showbiz and the spotlight, only to garner headlines for shoplifting in 1965 and again in 1991. In between, she released a lurid autobiography, Ecstasy and Me (1966), only to sue her ghostwriter for alleged inaccuracies, while facing fines for failure to pay back taxes and filing a false rape claim. While Lamarr's inability to register emotion on camera may have ultimately doomed her career, her undeniable good looks allowed her to reasonably portray femme fatales and achieve a kind of glamorous screen mortality.

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