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Hedy Lamarr

Actress + Inventor
Born Nov 9, 1914

Hedy Lamarr was an Austrian-American actress, celebrated for her great beauty, who was a major contract star of MGM's "Golden Age". When she worked with Max Reinhardt in Berlin, he called her the "most beautiful woman in Europe" due to her "strikingly dark exotic looks", a sentiment widely shared by her audiences and critics.… Read More

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1914 Birth Lamarr was born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler in 1914 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary, the only child of Gertrud "Trude" Kiesler (née Lichtwitz; 3 February 1894 – 27 February 1977) and Emil Kiesler (27 December 1880 – 14 February 1935). … Read More


In early 1933, at age 18, she starred in Gustav Machatý's film, Ecstasy (Extase in German and Czech), which was filmed in Prague, Czechoslovakia. … Read More


1937 22 Years Old After escaping her husband, she fled to Paris in 1937 where she met Louis B. Mayer, who was scouting for talent in Europe. … Read More
1938 23 Years Old Upon arriving in Hollywood in 1938, Mayer promoted her as the "world's most beautiful woman." … Read More
1939 24 Years Old Lamarr was married six times. She adopted a son, James, in 1939 during her second marriage to Gene Markey. … Read More
1940 25 Years Old Lamarr made 18 films from 1940 to 1949 even though she had two children during that time (in 1945 and 1947).
1942 27 Years Old On 11 August 1942, was granted to Hedy Kiesler Markey, Lamarr's married name at the time, and George Antheil. … Read More


1945 30 Years Old After leaving MGM in 1945, she enjoyed her biggest success as Delilah in Cecil B. DeMille's Samson and Delilah, the highest-grossing film of 1949, with Victor Mature as the Biblical strongman. … Read More
1950 35 Years Old She appeared only sporadically in films after 1950, one of her last roles being that of Joan of Arc in Irwin Allen's critically panned epic, The Story of Mankind (1957). … Read More
1953 38 Years Old Lamarr became a naturalized citizen of the United States on 10 April 1953, at age 38. … Read More


1965 50 Years Old …  She was also sued in Federal Court by Gene Ringgold, who asserted the actress's autobiography contained material from an article about her life which he wrote in 1965 for a magazine called Screen Facts. … Read More
1974 59 Years Old In 1974, she filed an invasion of privacy lawsuit for US$10 million for an unauthorized use of her name (i.e. "Hedley Lamarr" in Mel Brooks' comedy film Blazing Saddles); the case was settled out of court.


1981 66 Years Old With failing eyesight, she retreated from public life and settled in Miami Beach, Florida, in 1981.
1997 82 Years Old For several years beginning in 1997, the boxes of CorelDRAW’s software suites were graced by a large Corel-drawn image of Lamarr. … Read More
2000 85 Years Old 1 More Event
Lamarr left James Loder out of her will and he sued for control of the US$3.3 million estate left by Lamarr in 2000. … Read More
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