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Hedy Lamarr: The Most Beautiful Star!

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Just looking at that picture and thinking --

Not a bit of cosmetic surgery - her own nose, teeth, chin and cheeks.


And, who's a star today -- Tory Spelling!!!!!!!! Yowzuss. And, even with all that work done, she's still homely!!



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"One picture Hedy regretted turning down was Gaslight, for which Ingrid Bergman won her first Oscar. After she saw how good it was, Hedy jumped at RKO's offer to star in Experiment Perilous. It was a psychological mystery of the sort that studio was known for. Although not as good as Gaslight, Experiment Perilous did turn out to be a fine film; Hedy gave a glowing performance as the adored Allida."


"George Brent was as bland as usual, but Paul Lukas who had just won an Academy Award for his performance in Watch on the Rhine, added not only prestige to the picture but a fine acting job as well. The doomed sister-in-law, Cissy, was admirably played by Olive Blakeney, a talented actress whom Hedy thought should have become more famous."


"Experiment Perilous, based on a novel by Margaret Carpenter, was Hedy's second loan-out in a row from Metro. Besides providing her with one of her best roles to date, it gave her a chance to wear beautiful turn-of -the-century costumes. She was also given a completely new hair style, lightened to a very becoming shade of red. As one of the most beautiful women of her time, she played a very sympathetic part and delivered what many consider her best performance. Her fans hoped she might get an Academy Award for her part. But, she did not, for World War II was a period for actresses. With the best actors at war, the best parts were written for women, and there were just too many in competition."

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Well, apparently, there are many people who want to know the results of the polls. I guess if you are not up at midnight to view the last entry, you don't ever get to know. We will just have to wait and see who won the most beautiful next to Elizabeth.

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Hedy Alert!

A couple TCM air dates:


My Favorite Spy

Directed by Norman Z McLeod. Starring Bob Hope, Hedy Lamarr

Tue Jul 25 11:30PM Eastern on Turner Classic Movies



Directed by Jack Conway. Starring William Powell, Hedy Lamarr, Claire Trevor, Basil Rathbone

Tue Aug 8 09:00AM Eastern on Turner Classic Movies


And see the complete Hedy Lamarr

National Cable TV Schedule for

July 16 through August 12 (Eastern Time Zone)

a TVNow presentation @



GarboManiac thanks for and keep the nice pics coming!

My favorites so far are the one with the halo of stars,

the one with her mother and dog (less of a posed shot than usual and more relaxed) and some of the autographed ones.


I guess L.B. Mayer didn't always know what the public wanted to see.

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You're welcome TMS. Let me know how you like them. My personal favorite, and difficult to find (I think), is Lady of the Tropics. It was her second film, made in the Thirties, and she looks, to steal the phrase from Mongo's thread, Breathtakingly Beautiful! There is a picture of her from the film on the previous page of this thread. They show it on TCM usually every November for her birthday. It is a black and white cinema feast! Adrian designed no less than 20 gowns for her in that film, and it was nominated for best cinematography. She only made three movies in the Thirties, but the third one wasn't released until 1940. It was constantly held up in the production process, but when you watch it, you can easily see its Thirties' qualities.


Notably, Hedy was the last star created from those monstrous star-making studios of the Thirties.

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Hey, Snarfie! Thanks for the ALERT! I am not too big on My Favorite Spy. I never thought much of the pairing of Lamarr and Hope. It was in the series of "My Favorites," My Favorite Brunette with Dorothy Lamour, My Favorite Blonde with Madeleine Carroll. They were just kinda silly, although I did like the first one with Lamour.


BUT! I LOVE Crossroads, and what a cast! If any of you haven't seen it, you must. You got Hedy, of course, looking gorgeous, and then William Powell as her husband and the victim of the film. The two villains are Basil Rathbone, always excellent when evil, and Claire Trevor as a conniving chanteuse! Certainly worth the viewing. Blackmail plot with lots of intrigue.


Oh, and thanks, I'm glad you like the pictures. I like that one of Hedy and her mom, too. But, I really love the one's most everyone criticizes, where she is just staring off into space. Her face is just, oh, I can't find a word I haven't used before!

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Thanks, I'll be sure to watch for Crossroads. Sounds like an all-star cast.

Never saw it before.


The "My Favorites" movies were just fun comedies -

and didn't aspire to much more. Kinda like the "On the Road" movies (speaking of Lamour).


Enough about that. Just received my Now Playing guide for August today

in the mail. Monday August 28th is Hedy Lamarr day on TCM as part of their

Summer of Stars. They have little thumbnail bios for each star - thirty-one in all.

So once we reach August they may have some online features but not yet.


28 Monday


6:00 AM Algiers (1938)

A thief on the run from the law risks his life for love. Cast: Charles Boyer, Sigrid Gurie, Hedy Lamarr. Dir: John Cromwell. BW-95 mins, TV-PG


8:00 AM Comrade X (1940)

An American warms up an icy Russian streetcar conductor. Cast: Clark Gable, Hedy Lamarr, Eve Arden. Dir: King Vidor. BW-90 mins, TV-G, CC


9:45 AM Come Live With Me (1941)

A Viennese refugee weds a struggling author platonically so she can stay in the U.S. Cast: James Stewart, Hedy Lamarr, Ian Hunter. Dir: Clarence Brown. BW-86 mins, TV-G, CC


11:15 AM Ziegfeld Girl (1941)

Three showgirls in the Ziegfeld Follies face romantic trials on their way to the top. Cast: James Stewart, Judy Garland, Lana Turner. Dir: Robert Z. Leonard. BW-132 mins, TV-G, CC


1:30 PM White Cargo (1942)

A sultry native woman ignites the passions of workers on an African plantation. Cast: Hedy Lamarr, Walter Pidgeon, Frank Morgan. Dir: Richard Thorpe. BW-90 mins, TV-PG, CC


3:00 PM Tortilla Flat (1942)

Inhabitants of a Southern California fishing village strive for the simple pleasures of life. Cast: Spencer Tracy, Hedy Lamarr, John Garfield. Dir: Victor Fleming. BW-105 mins, TV-PG, CC


4:45 PM Conspirators, The (1944)

A guerilla leader falls in love with a mysterious woman in World War II Lisbon. Cast: Hedy Lamarr, Paul Henreid, Sydney Greenstreet. Dir: Jean Negulesco. BW-101 mins, TV-PG, CC


6:30 PM Lady Without Passport, A (1950)

A secret service agent falls in love with an illegal immigrant. Cast: Hedy Lamarr, John Hodiak, James Craig. Dir: Joseph H. Lewis. BW-84 mins, TV-PG, CC


8:00 PM My Favorite Spy (1951)

A comedian poses as an international spy to recover mysterious microfilm. Cast: Bob Hope, Hedy Lamarr, Francis L. Sullivan. Dir: Norman Z. McLeod. BW-93 mins, TV-G


10:00 PM Ecstasy (1933)

A frustrated young wife escapes her passionless marriage through an affair with a young engineer. Cast: Hedy Lamarr, Aribert Mog, Zvonimir Rogoz. Dir: Gustav Machaty. BW-82 mins, TV-MA


11:30 PM H.M. Pulham, Esq. (1941)

A stuffy businessman livens things up by having a fling. Cast: Robert Young, Ruth Hussey, Hedy Lamarr. Dir: King Vidor. BW-120 mins, TV-PG


1:45 AM Her Highness And The Bellboy (1945)

A hotel bellboy is the unlikely choice to escort a visiting princess, over the protests of his invalid girlfriend. Cast: Hedy Lamarr, Robert Walker, June Allyson. Dir: Richard Thorpe. BW-112 mins, TV-G, CC


4:00 AM I Take This Woman (1940)

A tenement doctor's marriage to a European refugee threatens his practice. Cast: Spencer Tracy, Hedy Lamarr, Verree Teasdale. Dir: W.S. Van Dyke II. BW-98 mins, TV-G, CC

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Oh, Man! I am so excited! Thank you Snarfie. That's the best news I've had today. Course today has been nothin' but bad news!


Now, we can see Dr. Lamarr do her undergraduate work in Algiers! And, her thesis at the University of the Congo! Ha! (See Welcome to the Classic Cinema College Thread)


And, they are playing The Conspirators!(See Below)




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Here's the "Now Playing" thumbnail bio for Hedy Lamarr


Real Name: Hedwig Eva Marie Kiesler Early Job: Bit player in German films Number of Marriages: Six Number of Divorces: Six Romantically Linked to: Clark Gable, Howard Hughes, Errol Flynn Distinguishing Feature: Perfect face Favorite Vice: Skinny-dipping Most Unusual Role: Joan of Arc in The Story of Mankind (1957) Little-Known Secret: The mansion used in The Sound of Music (1965) belonged to her at the time Last Seen: Relishing the title bestowed upon her in the 1940s: "The Most Beautiful Woman in Films"

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