Hedy Lamarr’s exotic beauty was heralded across Europe in the early 1930s. Yet she became infamous for her nude scenes in the scandalous movie Ecstasy. Trapped in a marriage to one of Austria’s munitions barons, a friend of Mussolini’s who hid his Jewish heritage to become an “honorary Aryan” at the onset of World War II, Lamarr fled Europe for Hollywood, where she was transformed into one of film’s most glamorous celebrities, appearing opposite such actors as Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, and James Stewart. As her career faded, she went from one husband to the next, her personal troubles and legal woes casting a shadow over her phenomenal intelligence and former image.
Stephen Michael Shearer separates the truth from the rumors regarding the life of Hedy Lamarr, and highlights her astonishing role as inventor of a technology that has become an essential part of everything from military weaponry to today’s cell phones.
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“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 re-creates Hollywood’s Golden Age of Glamour.”--Publishers Weekly
"Much more than a standard Hollywood biography."--Edge Magazine
"In Beautiful, Mr. Shearer writes with humor and has fun with some of the glorious nonsense of Lamarr's movies."--Jeanine Basinger, The Wall Street Journal
"Extensively researched and filled with such nuggets, this is the ultimate biography on the screen legend."--Indulge MagazinePraise for Patricia Neal: An Unquiet Life
Stephen Michael Shearer is also the author of Patricia Neal: An Unquiet Life and Gloria Swanson: The Ultimate Star. He has written for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and is also an actor, having appeared on stage, television, and in film, and a former model. Shearer currently resides in Minnesota and New York City.
Stephen Michael Shearer