Vintage Fashion Icon: Hedy Lamarr

Posted on September 18th in vintage style icons. No Comments

There’s nothing like an American beauty, but the exotic look of European ladies never fails to make us melt either. This week we’re featuring Hedy Lamarr, an Austrian born beauty who started with a film career in Europe and then moved on to take over Hollywood as well.  Her first film was titled Ecstasy which was shot in the Czech Republic, if you haven’t heard about her jaw-dropping performance in that one, we suggest you check it out! I mean, how could you resist a movie poster like this?

But how did the West Coast start to hear of her? Hedy was married to one of the leading men who produced fire-arms in Austria. Being that this was at the height of the Nazi invasion, she was looking for an escape from the tumultuous environment. So she took it upon herself to set up a meeting with Louis B. Mayer, the famous film producer who was in charge of MGM. Upon arriving in London for her meeting, she signed with MGM and went on to star in over 20 films.

Since she had such a distinct look compared to the other American actresses, she was often cast as the dark, exotic, and seductive role. Among other films, she is remembered for her roles in Boom Town, Dishonored Lady, and Comrade X.

And here’s a curveball for you, beauty and brains were certainly something Hedy had lots of. Not only did she possess the natural beauty and exotic look that many women envied, but she was also a pioneer in wireless communication. Yup, you heard us right, her pateneted technology is what you use today to access wi-fi and bluetooth devices. The “Spread Spectrum Technology” was first used by the US Navy, and they continue to use it ever since her development. Talk about the full package!

In the year 2000, Lamarr passed away from heart failure. But there’s no doubt that she lived a full life–one full of career success both in science and business, a rollercoaster of a personal life with six different marriages, and of course her everlasting effect on the fashion and beauty world.

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