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Hedy Lamarr: The Most Beautiful Woman in Film
by Ruth Barton
Hedy Lamarr's life was punctuated by salacious rumors and public scandal, but it was her stunning looks and classic Hollywood glamour that continuously captivated audiences. Born Hedwig Kiesler, she escaped an unhappy marriage with arms dealer Fritz Mandl in Austria to try her luck in Hollywood, where her striking appearance made her a screen legend. Her notorious nude rol ...more
Hardcover, 281 pages
Published June 21st 2010 by University Press of Kentucky
(first published January 1st 2010)
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Hedy Lamarr would never be on anyone's list of great Hollywood actresses. Rather, the superlatives that apply to her are for her renowned beauty and, since the 1990s, her sharp intelligence and scientific mind. The latter is proven by the patent she took out on a "Secret Communication System" she invented with her partner, George Antheil, a composer and concert pianist. Their invention of a radio-controlled torpedo-guidance system was meant to be utilized against German submarines during World W ...more
Looking forward to borrowing this from the Esplanade library - first saw her in Samson and Delilah at a cinema in Toa Payoh - how can anyone be so beautiful - just not fair. She led a scandalous life before she became a big star, and after she retired. Anyway, I love biographies cause it gives insight about the lives of people -why they did the things they did, and perhaps some life lesson I could pick up.
Aug 11, 2010 Herb rated it 4 of 5 stars
This was extremely well-written, very readable. My only complaint is that the author got some easy to find facts wrong. That was a little careless. For the most part, well done.