Beautiful and brilliant in an era that can’t wrap brains and beauty into a single feminine package, Hedy Lamarr is born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler on November 9, 1914 in Vienna, Austria. At 17 years old, she is filmed in the 1932 German film Exstase (Ecstasy) that brings her universal, if some unwanted, attention. And did I mention bold?
Dubbed “The Most Talked About Picture In the World”…
The first time audiences saw Hedy Lamarr, she was running naked through a field. The second time they saw her, she was in the throes of a very animated orgasm. The next time she appeared on screen—more than five years later—she’d have a new name, a new language, and a new image, but the effect was the same: just the sight of her was enough to stop Hollywood, and audiences across America, in their tracks.
Go to Next Page for a film clip from Ecstasy. Remember, this is 1933.