Hedy Lamarr Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: November 9, 1914 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (now Austria)
Died: January 19, 2000 in Orlando, Florida
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Hedy Lamarr (1914-2000), born Hedwig Kiesler, who appeared in European films beginning in the 1930s, made a big splash at age 18 in the universally-banned Czech film Ecstasy (1933). Pushing the boundaries of social norms, Lamarr was one of the first actresses to simulate an orgasm on screen. She was also shown in full-frontal nude shots several times throughout the film, which was an unusual and monumental occurrence in the socially conservative 1930s. After traveling to America, the actress was signed to a long MGM contract. Although often underused by the studios, she was memorable in the complex role of the career woman who "liberates" stuffy Bostonian Robert Young in H.M. Pulham, Esq. (1942). In 1949, Lamarr appeared opposite Victor Mature in Cecil B. DeMille's Samson and Delilah. Her last starring role was in The Female Animal (1958). Little was known about Lamarr's technological genius until in 1942, she patented a frequency hopping electronic system that was used later on secret communications devices and in the building of advanced weaponry. Brilliantly intelligent and passionately anti-Nazi, Lamarr had conceived the basic idea for this technology while listening to the conversations of her first husband, an Austrian industrialist, at dinner parties with Hitler. The method she pioneered, applied by the U.S. Navy with good effect in World War II, was essential to the next generation of Wi-Fi and cell phone technology.
Film Credits | show moreshow less
2009 Cinema's Exiles: From Hitler to Hollywood (Other), 1983 Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage (Other), 1982 History of the Erotic Cinema (Other), 1977 Life Goes to War: Hollywood and the Home Front (Other), 1994 Biography (Other), 1994 That's Entertainment! III (Other), 1991 O Espectador que o Cinema Esqueceu (Other), 1930 Geld auf der Straße (Performer), 1982 Showbiz Goes to War (Other), 2005 War Stories with Oliver North (Other), 1995 The Casting Couch (Other), 1975 Brother Can You Spare a Dime (Other), 1967 Mondo Hollywood (Other), 1995 The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies (Other), 1958 The Female Animal (Performer), 1954 Loves of Three Queens (Performer), 1954 I cavalieri dell'illusione (Performer), 1952 All Star Revue (Performer), 1951 My Favorite Spy (Performer), 1948 Let's Live a Little (Performer), 1944 Experiment Perilous (Performer), 1944 The Conspirators (Performer), 1941 Ziegfeld Girl (Performer), 1941 Come Live with Me (Performer), 1938 Algiers (Performer), 1933 Ecstasy (Performer), 1932 Man braucht kein Geld (Performer), 1931 Die Koffer des Herrn O.F. (Performer), 1954 Loves of Three Queens (Producer), 1962 Stump the Stars (in person), 1961 The 33rd Annual Academy Awards (in person), 1957-1958 What's My Line (in person), 1957 I've Got a Secret (in person), 1938 Hollywood Goes to Town (in person), 2012 CBS News Sunday Morning (Other), 1994 Entertaining the Troops (Other), 1988 Going Hollywood: The War Years (Other), 1998 Sharon Stone - Una mujer de 100 caras (Other), 2004 Ziegfeld Girl Intro (Other), 2010 Wallace and Gromit's World of Invention (Other), 2012 Arena (Other), 1947 Dishonored Lady (Performer), 1942 Crossroads (Performer), 1942 Tortilla Flat (Performer), 1939 Stanley and Livingstone (Other), 1969 Personality (in person), 1969 The David Frost Show (in person), 1969 The Mike Douglas Show (in person), 1969 The Dick Cavett Show (in person), 1962 The Tonight Show (in person), 1950 The Ed Sullivan Show (in person), 1943 Show-Business at War (in person), 2004 Calling Hedy Lamarr (Other), 1990 Instant Karma (Other), 1977 That's Action (Other), 1984 Going Hollywood: The '30s (Other), 1976 That's Entertainment, Part II (Other), 2005-2010 The Naked Archaeologist (Other), 2006 Hedy Lamarr: Secrets of a Hollywood Star (Other), 1957 Shower of Stars (Performer), 1954 L'eterna femmina (Performer), 1950 A Lady Without Passport (Performer), 1949 Samson and Delilah (Performer), 1969-1970 The Merv Griffin Show (in person), 1957 The George Gobel Show (in person), 1957 The Steve Allen Plymouth Show (in person), 1957 Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall (in person), 1952-1953 The Colgate Comedy Hour (in person), 1939 Screen Snapshots Series 18, No. 10 (in person), 1957 The Story of Mankind (Performer), 1957 Zane Grey Theater (Performer), 1957 Slaughter on Tenth Avenue (Performer), 1950 Copper Canyon (Performer), 1946 The Strange Woman (Performer), 1945 Her Highness and the Bellboy (Performer), 1944 The Heavenly Body (Performer), 1942 White Cargo (Performer), 1941 H.M. Pulham, Esq. (Performer), 1940 Comrade X (Performer), 1940 Boom Town (Performer), 1940 I Take This Woman (Performer), 1939 Lady of the Tropics (Performer), 1931 Storm in a Water Glass (Performer), 1946 The Strange Woman (Producer), 1946 The Strange Woman (Other), 1965 Shindig! (in person), 1964 The Celebrity Game (in person), 1948 Camera Angles (in person), 1940 Cavalcade of the Academy Awards (in person), 1965 The Love Goddesses (Other), 1940 The Miracle of Sound (Other), 1940 Hollywood: Style Center of the World (Other), 2003 Celebrity Naked Ambition (Other), 2004 Edgar G. Ulmer - The Man Off-screen (Other), 1948 Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Party (Other)

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