Hedy Lamarr was born in Vienna, Austria as Hedwig Eva Kiesler, and was a major contract star for MGM in what is typically referred to as Hollywood's Golden Age. As you can see from the picture above, she was exceedingly gorgeous, and is believed by many to be the most beautiful woman to appear in films. You can check out her IMDb page for information regarding her many movies.
In her own words:
"The men in my life have ranged from a classic case history of impotence, to a whip-wielding sadist who enjoyed sex only after he tied my arms behind me with the sash of his robe."
"If you use your imagination, you can look at any actress and see her nude. I hope to make you use your imagination."
"American men, as a group, seem to be interested in only two things, money and breasts."
"Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid.""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."
"When she spoke, one did not listen, one just watched her mouth moving and marveled at the exquisite shapes made by her lips." ~ George Sanders
"People like Hedy Lamarr do our industry a great disservice by publicizing their sexual conquests. Sure, a lot of stars have made it that way, but not all." ~ Ann Miller
Married 6 times.
Rumored to have had flings with the likes of Clark Gable, Howard Hughes, John F. Kennedy, and various other men and women.
She was a glamorous movie star of the 1930s and '40s, a taboo-breaking beauty who is credited with simulating the first on-screen orgasm (and also appearing nude) in a 1933 film called Ecstasy. But Hedy Lamarr was a trailblazer in more ways than one: Fascinated by science and eager to find a way to help the Allies during World War II, Lamarr came up with a way to make radio signals jump between frequencies, and thus prevent the signals from becoming jammed. After Lamarr and a partner obtained a patent for the invention in 1942, she gave it -- at no charge -- to the U.S. Navy, which began using it in the 1960s. Today, Lamarr's breakthrough is used in technology like the Bluetooth wireless device. <via>
- She drugged her maid in order to escape her first husband (Fritz Mandl, an munitions magnate who sided with the Nazis) and her homeland.
- The mansion that was used in the film The Sound of Music, belonged to her at the time it was filmed.