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birth date:
November 09, 1913

birth place:
Vienna, Austria

Date of death: January 19, 2000 (Altamonte Springs, Florida, USA. (natural causes)

Hedwig Eva Kiesler from Vienna in Austria was a student of the theatre director 'Max Reinhardt' in Berlin. Since 1930 she worked in Czechoslovakian and German cinema productions; her most famous movie was "Extase (1932)" which converted her to 'Modern Eva' in 1933 and also gave her the opportunity to go to Hollywood where she was contracted by 'MGM'. 'MGM' did not only change her artistic name to 'Hedy Lamarr' but also prepared a new image of an elegant but cool and adventurous woman for her like e.g. in "Algiers (1938)" or "White Cargo (1942)". But as Hollywood did not allow her more but decorative roles she left the business definitely in 1957.

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. Hedy Lamarr

Ecstasy (1933)

Title: Ecstasy
... aka Extase
Released: 1933
Genre: Drama / Romance
Runtime: 82 min
Country: Czechoslovakia / Austria
Language: Czech

Tagline: Daring! Revealing! Shocking!

Plot Summary: Eva has just gotten married to an older gentleman, but discovers that he is obsessed with order in his life and doesn't have much room for passion. She becomes despondent and leaves him, returning to her father's house. One day while bathing in the lake she meets a young man and they fall in love. The husband has become grief stricken at the loss of his young bride, and fate brings him together with the young lover that has taken Eva from him.

Comments: Hedy Lamarr Bares All. First, let's get the "hoopla" out of the way.Hedy Lamarr was regarded as one of the most beautiful of women and the movies were a perfect medium for the many to see her beauty on screen.Here we have Hedy as a young fresh-faced 20 year old speaking in her native Austrian.I recently bought a 1990 uncensored version of this 1932/3 classic.Yes we see a brief close up of Hedy bare from the waist up but although she filmed the swimming & runaway horse scenes naked, the director Gustav Machaty uses the cover of branches, reflections in puddles, medium and long shots to show her thus in this famous scene.

..Movie Stills
Available to buy:
 Ecstasy (Extase) (DVD)
 Ecstasy (Extase) (VHS)

Hedy's credited invention was for a radio guiding system for torpedoes which was used in WWII. She supposedly gained the knowledge from her first husband, Fritz Mandl, A Viennese munitions dealer who sided with the Nazis. Hedy drugged her maid to escape her husband and homeland.

Children: Anthony (b. 1947), Denise (b. 1945), and James (b. 1939)

Sued Mel Brooks for mocking her name in his film Blazing Saddles (1974) (they settled out of court)

Sued software company Corel Corporation for using her photo on the cover of software product CorelDRAW. [April 1998]

Hedy Lamarr, under her married name Hedy Kiesler Markey, was awarded patent #2,292,387, along with co-inventor George Antheil, for a "Secret Communication System". This seminal invention was the first instance of spread-spectrum communications based on frequency-hopping techniques. [11 August 1942]

After a screen test, it was Louis B. Mayer who changed her last name to Lamarr in honor of silent film star Barbara La Marr.

Arrested for shoplifting in January 1966. Found not guilty.

Arrested for shoplifting in 1991. One year probation.

She had 2 children and 1 adopted son with John Loder.

One of the few stars that costume designer Edith Head admitted she didn't like working with. The others were Claudette Colbert and Paulette Goddard.

Lamarr devised some of the data encryption technology that makes mobile phones possible.

Measurements: 33-22-34 (1933 in "Ecstasy"), 33B-23-35 (1940's starlet), 34B-26-37 (later career), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)

Extase was banned in Germany because Hedy was Jewish and Hitler was chancellor at the time.

Her profile was the most requested in the 1940s by women to their plastic surgeons.

Personal quotes

"I must quit marrying men who feel inferior to me. Somewhere there must be a man who could be my husband and not feel inferior. I need a superior inferior man."

My problem is, I'm a hell of a nice dame, The most horrible whores are famous. I did what I did for love. The others did it for money.

If you use your imagination, you can look at any actress and see her nude, I hope to make you use your imagination

"Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid."

Hedy Lamarr - Filmography
Below is a complete filmography (list of movies she's appeared in)

Espectador que o Cinema Esqueceu, O (1991) .... (archive footage)
Instant Karma (1990) .... Movie Goddess

Female Animal, The (1958) .... Vanessa Windsor
Story of Mankind, The (1957) .... Joan of Arc
Amante di Paride, L' (1954) .... Hedy Windsor/Helen of Troy/Empress Josephine/Geneviève de Brabant
... aka Face That Launched a Thousand Ships, The (1954) (UK)
... aka Loves of Three Queens (1954) (USA)
Eterna femmina, L' (1954)
My Favorite Spy (1951) .... Lily Dalbray
Copper Canyon (1950) .... Lisa Roselle
Lady Without Passport, A (1950) .... Marianne Lorress

Samson and Delilah (1949) .... Delilah
Let's Live a Little (1948) .... Dr. J.O. Loring
Dishonored Lady (1947) .... Madeleine Damien
Strange Woman, The (1946) .... Jenny Hager
Her Highness and the Bellboy (1945) .... Princess Veronica
Experiment Perilous (1944) .... Alida Bederaux
Conspirators, The (1944) .... Irene Von Mohr
Heavenly Body, The (1943) .... Vicky Whitley
White Cargo (1942) .... Tondelayo
Crossroads (1942) .... Lucienne Talbot
Tortilla Flat (1942) .... Dolores 'Sweets' Ramirez
H.M. Pulham, Esq. (1941) .... Marvin Myles Ransome
Ziegfeld Girl (1941) .... Mrs. Sondra Kolter
Come Live with Me (1941) .... Johnny Jones
Comrade X (1940) .... Golubka, aka Theodore and Lizvanetchka 'Lizzie'
Boom Town (1940) .... Karen Vanmeer
I Take This Woman (1940) .... Georgi Gragore

Lady of the Tropics (1939) .... Manon deVargnes Carey, aka Kira Kim
Algiers (1938) .... Gaby
Extase (1933) (as Hedy Kiesler) .... Eva
... aka Ecstasy (1940) (USA)
... aka Symphonie der Liebe (1933)
... aka Symphony of Love (1933)
Extase (1932) (as Hedy Kiesler) .... Eve
... aka My Ecstasy (1950) (USA: reissue title)
... aka Rhapsody of Love (1949) (USA: reissue title)
Blumenfrau von Lindenau, Die (1931) .... Secretary
... aka Flower Woman of Lindenau, The (1931)
... aka Storm in a Water Glass (1932) (USA)
... aka Sturm im Wasserglas (1931)
Man braucht kein Geld (1931) (as Hedy Kiesler) .... Käthe Brandt
... aka His Majesty King Ballyhoo (1931) (informal English title)
... aka No Money Is Needed (1932) (USA: informal English title)
... aka Onkel aus Amerika, Der (1931) (Germany)
... aka We Need No Money (1931) (UK: literal English title)
Koffer des Herrn O.F., Die (1931) (as Hedy Kiesler) .... Helene, the Mayor's Daughter
... aka Build and Marry (1931)
... aka Thirteen Trunks of Mr. O.F., The (1931)
... aka Trunks of Mr. O.F., The (1931)
Geld auf der Straße (1930) (as Hedwig Kiesler) .... Young Girl at Night Club Table
... aka Money On the Street (1930)

Hedy Lamarr - Notable TV Guest Appearances
"Zane Grey Theater" (1956) playing "Consuela Bowers" in episode: "Proud Woman" (episode # 2.4) 25 October 1957
"Shower of Stars" (1954) in episode: "Cloak and Dagger" (episode # 3.6) 14 March 1957
"Toast of the Town" (1948) playing "Herself" 17 September 1950