Hedy Lamarr

Hedy Lamarr

The Most Beautiful Woman in Film

Book - 2010
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Hedy Lamarr's life was punctuated by rumors and scandal, but it was her looks and Hollywood glamour that captivated audiences. Born Hedwig Kiesler, she escaped an unhappy marriage in Austria to try her luck in Hollywood. Her notorious nude role in the erotic Czech film Ecstasy (1933), as well as her work with Cecil B. DeMille (Samson and Delilah, 1949), Walter Wanger (Algiers, 1938), and studio executive Louis B. Mayer, catapulted her alluring and provocative reputation as a high-profile sex symbol. Film historian Ruth Barton explores her many facets, including her turn as an inventor: working with composer George Antheil, Lamarr helped to develop the basic technology behind cellular telephony. However, despite her successes, her personal life created scandals. A string of failed marriages, a lawsuit against her publisher regarding her sensational autobiography, and a shoplifting incident, made her infamous. Drawing on extensive research into both the record and the rumors, Barton recognizes Lamarr's contributions to both film and technology while revealing the conflicted woman underneath. --From publisher description.
Publisher: Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, c2010
ISBN: 9780813126043
Branch Call Number: 791.43028092 L216b 2010
Characteristics: x, 281 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm


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Jan 02, 2011

Early chapters are a bit too heavy as author tries to include all her research of historical (dis)placement, history of Jews, etc. Also, too much is missing regarding Lamarr's move to Hollywood -- a real lack of what, when, and why! Book gets better as author writes about failed marriages and Hedy's inventing efforts, but slips into "I am speaking into a tape-recorder" mode -- sadly so often apparent in newer publications (for example, even using the phrase "but we'll return to that"!). Disjointed writing style. It's tough writing an insightful book when all the prinicpals are long deceased.


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