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  1. Beautiful: The Life of Hedy Lamarr
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  2. Beautiful: The Life of Hedy Lamarr

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Hedy Lamarr's exotic beauty was heralded across Europe in the early 1930s. Yet she became infamous for her nude scenes in the scandalous movie Ecstasy. Trapped in a marriage to one of Austria's munitions barons, a friend of Mussolini's who hid his Jewish heritage to become an "honorary Aryan" at the onset of World War II, Lamarr fled Europe for Hollywood, where she was transformed into one of film's most glamorous celebrities, appearing opposite such actors as Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, and James Stewart. As her career faded, she went from one husband to the next, her personal troubles and legal woes casting a shadow over her phenomenal intelligence and former image.

Stephen Michael Shearer separates the truth from the rumors regarding the life of Hedy Lamarr, and highlights her astonishing role as inventor of a technology that has become an essential part of everything from military weaponry to today's cell phones.

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about the life of Hedy Lamarr. . .For all her fans, and there are still many of us. . .(just look up her name on the internet), this is the book we have been waiting for. When we were kids, and teenagers, and even grown men (and envious women!), how we would patiently wait for her to appear. Who could ever forget her dramatic entrance in WHITE CARGO, purring, "I am Tondelayo!" . . .and her emphatic declaration in SAMSON AND DELILAH, "No man leaves Delilah. . ." as though anyone would want to!!!! or her dramatic entrance in ZIEGFIELD GIRL. No one doubted for a moment who Tony Martin was crooning to when he sang, "You Stepped out of a Dream." No one really cared whether she could act or not. . .I think she could! and no one really cared what the plot of the movie was. . .if Hedy was starring, we went in droves... and we were not disappointed.

Stephen Michael Shearer relates all the familiar details of Miss Lamarr's life, but also reveals tidbits of a more personal... Read more
.....Whose the fairest of them all? In Disney's Classic it was Snow White. If the question had been asked in Hollywood in the Forties, it would have been Hedy Lamarr.

.....When Snow White became the fairest in the land her life became one of turmoil and strife but in the end she was rescued by Prince Charming and lived happily ever after. Unfortuneately there was no Prince Charming to rescue Hedy as she careened recklessly through six husbands after very brief courtships. She seemed to take more care in selecting her wardrobe than she did in choosing a mate. Consequently her marriages were brief affairs, the longest being to oil millionare Howard Lee, 1953 - 1960, who finally got tired of Hedy using him as an ATM machine and was the only one of her husbands to initiate the divorce. He then married Gene Tierney who inherited his estate and lived out the remainder of her life as a socialite in Houston. That was the second time Hedy crossed paths with Tierney, the first... Read more
Hedy Lamarr was an extraordinary human being, extremely beautiful and also uncannily smart and intelligent. How many other inventors can boast creating a product which became the basis for wireless technology and cellphone industry? Her invention is on a par with Edison's light bulb, and historically might be even more important. Hedy Lamarr's tragedy was that people couldn't possibly see beyond her fabulous beauty and give her the benefit of doubt for her very high intelligence. To this day so many still mistakenly think that she was a friend of Hitler's, when just the opposite was true - Hedy Lamarr (who was of Jewish extraction) escaped from her Nazi-connected husband and helped the American war effort by donating her patent for torpedo fighting missiles, and by even selling war bonds (raising millions for the cause). She remained sharp-minded until the end of her life, amassing a fortune of 3.3 million dollars on the stock market. That she was also one of the most beautiful... Read more
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