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Tribute to Depp’s Hedy Lamarr

After mentioning this Johnny Depp tribute song earlier, some of you asked for more information on Hedy Lamarr. We’re happy to help… with a big helping hand from the official site.

Often referred to as “Movie’s Most Beautiful Woman”, Hedy Lamarr’s beauty and screen presence made her one of the most popular actresses of her time.

She was born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler on November 9, 1914 in Vienna, Austria. At 17, Hedy starred in her first film, a German project called Geld auf der Strase. Hedy continued her film career working on German and Czechoslovakian productions. The 1932 German film Exstasis brought her to the attention of Hollywood producers and she soon signed a contract with MGM.

Once in Hollywood, she officially changed her name to Hedy Lamarr and starred in her first Hollywood film, Algiers (1938), opposite Charles Boyer. She continued to land roles opposite the most popular and talented actors of the day, including Spencer Tracy, Clark Gable and Jimmy Stewart. Some of his films include an adaptation of Tortilla Flat (1942) by John Steinbeck, White Cargo (1942), Samson and Delilah by Cecil B. DeMille (1949) and The Female Animal (1957).

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