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Creator: Hedy Lamarr
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Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler (1914 - 2000), better known as Hedy Lamarr, was an Austrian actress active in Hollywood from the 1930s to the 1950s. One of her first starring roles was in the dialog-light film Ekstase, which featured a long scene of Lamarr fully nude. While The Hays Code made a repeat performance in America impossible, the reputation as a dark and glamorous Ms. Fanservice did follow her. Subsequent films included an adaptation of John Steinbeck's Tortilla Flat and the Cecil B Demille film Samson and Delilah.

Lamarr was also very mathematically talented; her most notable non-movie achievement was inventing, along with composer George Antheil, a form of radio frequency hopping that is the basis for components of wi-fi and cordless phones today. Or as Cracked.com put it, she's the world's sexiest Mad Scientist.

Films in which Hedy Lamarr appeared include:

  • Geld auf der Straße, as the Girl at the Night Club (1930)
  • Ekstase, as Eva Hermann (1933)
  • Algiers, as Gaby (1938) — She was the girl whom Pepe le Moko would have asked to come with him to the Casbah, if he had ever actually said the line.
  • Lady of the Tropics, as Manon deVargnes Carey, aka Kira Kim (1939)
  • Comrade X, as Golubka, aka Theodore Yahupitz and Lizvanetchka (1940)
  • Ziegfeld Girl, as Sandra Kolter (1941)
  • H.M. Pulham, Esq., as Marvin Myles Ransome (1941)
  • Tortilla Flat, as Dolores Ramirez (1942)
  • White Cargo, as Tondelayo (1942)
  • The Heavenly Body, as Vicky Whitley (1944)
  • The Conspirators, as Irene Von [sic] Mohr (1944)
  • Her Highness and the Bellboy, as Princess Veronica (1945)
  • The Strange Woman, as Jenny Hager (1946)
  • Dishonored Lady, as Madeleine Damien (1947)
  • Let's Live a Little, as Dr. J.O. Loring (1948)
  • Cecil B. DeMille's Samson and Delilah, as Delilah (1949) — Opposite Victor Mature. This was the film that prompted Groucho Marx's famous quip: "I never go to see a picture where the guy's tits are bigger than the goil's."
  • Copper Canyon, as Lisa Roselle (1950)
  • My Favorite Spy, as Lily Dalbray (1951) — Opposite Bob Hope
  • The Story of Mankind, as Joan of Arc (1957)
  • The Female Animal, as Vanessa Windsor (1958)

Tropes associated with her roles:


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alternative title(s): Hedy Lamarr
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