I LOVE Vintage Hollywood!The life and career of the hailed Hollywood movie star and underappreciated genius inventor, Hedy Lamarr. …
The Hedy Lamarr story is way more than a biography of an old timer who used to be a Hollywood star. It is about a woman who added much more to her legacy than just being the first actor to simulate an orgasm onscreen in the movie Ektase (Ectasy.)
The brilliant mind of Hollywood legend Hedy Lamarr
How unfortunate that there are NOT many actors today who wholly capture the resplendent grandeur found in vintage Hollywood Glamour.
Oh sure there is Charlize Theron but why does she always have to be the go-to symbol of the proverbial BOMBS HELL representing Hollywood?
Yeah, Yeah I know, There’s Catherine Zeta Jones, but she is busy awwaiting for her aged movie star husband: Michael Douglas to kick the bucket and I haven’t forgotten about Angelina but isn’t she going mad (insane)?
So, yeah I’ve also always preferred women who have flesh and bone, not just bone, (Meaning that I am over emaciated women like Olivia Wild, Katherine Moenig.) You know the type that I am referring to: Women whose vertebrae you can see, I mean Really. Why can’t we have brains AND beauty? It’s either Brains:
actress, author, and neuroscientist PhD:
Brains AND Beauty
And while no one ever claimed that Lamarr invented Wi-Fi, she effectively laid the groundwork for technology that was effectively built upon.
To those male naysayers who always attempt to diminish Lamarr’s achievements by claiming that she stole ideas, well welcome to the real world motherfuckers. People STEAL B!itches!
Don’t believe me? Then just ask Ilene Chaiken, where she got some of the episodes that appeared on the lackluster soap she created (The L Word).
Still I can understand why there are doubters. Hollywood is known for fabricating fictitious backstories concerning stars.
After-all Lana Turner was not discovered sipping on a milk-shake at Schwab’s Drugstore in Los Angeles nor was Charlize Theron discovered while arguing with a Bank Teller in of all places: Los Angeles.
What gives Hedy Lamarr’s back-story veracity is that she was never celebrated for her technological accomplishments and even when it appears that the U.S. armed forces appropriated and implemented her technology she didn’t raise an issue.
In fact it wasn’t until much later in her life that she would receive a modicum of the notoriety she so well deserved.
10 Things You Didn’t Know About Inventor & Sex Symbol Hedy Lamarr
Some fun facts about the Hollywood star, scientific inventor, and subject of the new documentary ‘Bombshell.’
Algiers actress Hedy Lamarr was one of the most fascinating women to emerge from the golden age of cinema. Known for her striking beauty and often talked about for her portrayal of one of Hollywood’s first nude scenes, Lamarr was a much more complex woman than the studio moguls painted her as. The glamor icon takes us through her colorful life, from inventing a radio system to evade Nazi torpedoes during WWII to her more reclusive years in Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, a new documentary from Zeitgeist Films. We look at ten interesting facts about the Hollywood star and scientific inventor that you might not know.
The greatest Hedy Lamarr factoid most people didn’t realize before but are finally starting to learn about is that she was a true science wiz and wireless communications pioneer. According to Famous Women Inventors, “the ‘spread spectrum’ technology that Lamarr helped to invent would galvanize the digital communications boom, forming the technical backbone that makes cellular phones, fax machines and other wireless operations possible.” So basically, we can all thank her for the WiFi we’re currently using.
Lamarr’s 1933 film Ecstasy was extremely controversial due to the star’s nude scenes. Hitler banned it. The Pope denounced it. The film is often considered one of the first non-pornographic movies to show nude scenes, sex scenes, and a female orgasm (limited to Lamarr’s facial expressions).
Lamarr was one of the inspirations behind Batman comic book artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger’s Catwoman, whose smoldering sensuality was drawn from the actress. Anne Hathaway’s interpretation of Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises relied heavily on Lamarr.
The actress once called her own face a “misfortune,” but she became one of the inspirations behind Disney’s Snow White — one of the studio’s most beloved princesses.
Lamarr’s first husband rubbed elbows with Mussolini and Hitler. Eventually, Lamarr escaped her marriage by disguising herself as a maid, sewing jewels into the lining of her coat, and fleeing pre-war Vienna.
Lamarr was named after silent film star Barbara La Marr by Louis B. Mayer. La Marr was one of his favorite actresses and was known as the “Girl Who is Too Beautiful.”
Howard Hughes and Lamarr had a fling, but he also supported her scientific curiosity and talents completely. Hughes often referred to her expertise when designing his planes.
In the 1970s, Lamarr tried to sue Warner Bros. over Mel Brooks’ use of her name (sort of) in his film Blazing Saddles. They settled out of court.
Lamarr was posthumously inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2014.
During World War II, Lamarr invented a frequency-hopping signal that could not be tracked or jammed in order to help the radio-controlled torpedoes in the naval war.