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Beautiful : the life of Hedy Lamarr
Shearer, Stephen Michael
Adult Nonfiction PN2287.L24 S54 2010

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From Publishers' Weekly:

In this authoritative biography, Shearer (Patricia Neal: An Unquiet Life) surveys the career of actress Hedy Lamarr (1913-2000), born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler in Vienna. In her teens, she was cast in German films, and in 1933, after she appeared nude in Ecstasy, she was catapulted to international fame. During an Atlantic crossing on the Normandie, Louis B. Mayer offered her an MGM contract and changed her name to Hedy Lamarr. Promoted as "the most beautiful girl in the world," she appeared in more than two dozen films between 1938 and 1958. Metro denied her a loan out to do the lead in Casablanca, but her vibrant screen presence in Cecil B. DeMille's Samson and Delilah (1949) left a lasting impression on both filmgoers and Paramount; it raked in over $11 million to become the most profitable Paramount production up until that time. She faded from films in the 1950s, made numerous 1960s TV appearances and then dropped from the limelight, retiring to Florida in 1987. Providing probing and detailed coverage of her five marriages, children, various lawsuits, radio roles and shoplifting headlines, Shearer has combined extensive archival research with insightful interview quotes. The result is a fascinating biography that recreates Hollywood's Golden Age of Glamour. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Hedy Lamarr was known in her heyday-Hollywood of the 1930s and 1940s-as "the most beautiful girl in the world." Lamarr was incredibly lovely, but she was also highly intelligent and complex. She first gained worldwide attention for her nude scenes in the Czech film Extase in 1933; Hollywood soon beckoned, and she quickly became a glamorous film icon, referred to as the "Dream Girl of 50,000,000 Men." But behind the stardom and multiple marriages was a reclusive woman with a fertile mind who was a successful inventor and financier. In his biography of Lamarr, Shearer (Patricia Neal: An Unquiet Life) pulls back the veil to reveal a woman who was at her most fascinating away from the movie screen. VERDICT Deeply researched and written with humor, grace, and a great respect for his subject, Shearer's biography will be of interest not only to film buffs but also to students of women's history in science. Highly recommended.-Teri Shiel, Westfield State Coll. Lib., MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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