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Quotes by Hedy Lamarr

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Wikipedia Summary for Hedy Lamarr

Hedy Lamarr (born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler; September or November 9, 1914 – January 19, 2000) was an Austrian-born American actress, inventor, and film producer. She appeared in 30 films over a 28-year career in Europe and the United States, and co-invented an early version of frequency-hopping spread spectrum communication, originally intended for torpedo guidance.

Lamarr was born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary, and acted in a number of Austrian, German, and Czech films in her brief early film career, including the controversial Ecstasy (1933). In 1937, she fled from her husband, a wealthy Austrian ammunition manufacturer, secretly moving to Paris and then on to London. There, she met Louis B. Mayer, head of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) studio, who offered her a Hollywood movie contract, where he began promoting her as "the world's most beautiful woman".

She became a star through her performance in Algiers (1938), her first American film. She starred opposite Clark Gable in Boom Town and Comrade X (both 1940), and James Stewart in Come Live with Me and Ziegfeld Girl (both 1941). Her other MGM films include Lady of the Tropics (1939), H.M. Pulham, Esq. (1941), as well as Crossroads and White Cargo (both 1942); she was also borrowed by Warner Bros. for The Conspirators, and by RKO for Experiment Perilous (both 1944). Dismayed by being typecast, Lamarr co-founded a new production studio and starred in its films: The Strange Woman (1946), and Dishonored Lady (1947). Her greatest success was as Delilah in Cecil B. DeMille's Samson and Delilah (1949). She also acted on television before the release of her final film, The Female Animal (1958). She was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960.

At the beginning of World War II, Lamarr and composer George Antheil developed a radio guidance system using frequency-hopping spread spectrum technology for Allied torpedoes, intended to defeat the threat of jamming by the Axis powers. She also helped improve aircraft aerodynamics for Howard Hughes while they dated during the war. Although the US Navy did not adopt Lamarr and Antheil's invention until 1957, various spread-spectrum techniques are incorporated into Bluetooth technology and are similar to methods used in legacy versions of Wi-Fi. Recognition of the value of their work resulted in the pair being posthumously inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2014.

Quote: All creative people want to do the unexpected. by author Hedy Lamarr overlaid on photo of shallow focus photography of hand with red paint
Photo Credit: ian dooley

All creative people want to do the unexpected.


Quote: I can excuse everything but boredom.
Boring people don't have to stay that way. by author Hedy Lamarr overlaid on photo of photo of author Hedy Lamarr with quote

I can excuse everything but boredom.
Boring people don't have to stay that way.


Quote: My mother always called me an ugly weed, so I never was aware of anything until I was older. Plain girls should have someone telling them they are beautiful. Sometimes this works miracles. by author Hedy Lamarr overlaid on photo of photo of author Hedy Lamarr with quote

My mother always called me an ugly weed, so I never was aware of anything until I was older. Plain girls should have someone telling them they are beautiful. Sometimes this works miracles.


Quote: One of my favorite people is Gypsy Rose Lee. She bears out the Biblical promise that he who has, gets. And I hope she gets a lot more. by author Hedy Lamarr overlaid on photo of woman standing between sunflower field during daytime
Photo Credit: Olia Nayda

One of my favorite people is Gypsy Rose Lee. She bears out the Biblical promise that he who has, gets. And I hope she gets a lot more.


Quote: The world isn't getting any easier. With all these new inventions I believe that people are hurried more and pushed more... The hurried way is not the right way; you need time for everything -- time to work, time to play, time to rest. by author Hedy Lamarr overlaid on photo of photo of author Hedy Lamarr with quote

The world isn't getting any easier. With all these new inventions I believe that people are hurried more and pushed more... The hurried way is not the right way; you need time for everything -- time to work, time to play, time to rest.


Quote: Films have a certain place in a certain time period. Technology is forever. by author Hedy Lamarr overlaid on photo of multicolored abstract painting
Photo Credit: Geordanna Cordero

Films have a certain place in a certain time period. Technology is forever.


Quote: That's how it always is in the entertainment industry, your feet are always treading Jello. by author Hedy Lamarr overlaid on photo of photo of author Hedy Lamarr with quote

That's how it always is in the entertainment industry, your feet are always treading Jello.


Quote: A man does not try to find out what is inside. 
He does not try to scratch the surface. 
If he did he might find something much more beautiful than the shape of a nose or the color of an eye. by author Hedy Lamarr overlaid on photo of photo of author Hedy Lamarr with quote

A man does not try to find out what is inside.
He does not try to scratch the surface.
If he did he might find something much more beautiful than the shape of a nose or the color of an eye.


I'm fifty-one years old, but I'm not through yet. I have lived a full life, and intend packing in quite a lot more.


Quote: Men are most virile and attractive between the ages of 35 and 55. Under 35 a man has too much to learn, and I don't have time to teach him. by author Hedy Lamarr overlaid on photo of photo of author Hedy Lamarr with quote

Men are most virile and attractive between the ages of 35 and 55. Under 35 a man has too much to learn, and I don't have time to teach him.


Quote: I win because I learned years ago that scared money always loses. I never care, so I win. by author Hedy Lamarr overlaid on photo of silhouette of man standing on hill during starry night
Photo Credit: Joshua Earle

I win because I learned years ago that scared money always loses. I never care, so I win.


Quote: Most children turn out badly because they have the wrong parental image. This doesn't mean their parents are criminal. It means they are boring and cruel. by author Hedy Lamarr overlaid on photo of silhouette of woman during sunset
Photo Credit: Mariam Soliman

Most children turn out badly because they have the wrong parental image. This doesn't mean their parents are criminal. It means they are boring and cruel.


Quote: To be a star is to own the world and all the people in it. After a taste of stardom, everything else is poverty. by author Hedy Lamarr overlaid on photo of silhouette of off-road car
Photo Credit: Jonatan Pie

To be a star is to own the world and all the people in it. After a taste of stardom, everything else is poverty.


Quote: Making pictures, for an actress, is like betting, for a gambler. Each time you make a picture you try to analyze why you won or lost. by author Hedy Lamarr overlaid on photo of A white stripe pattern made up of concrete facade ribs
Photo Credit: Christian Perner

Making pictures, for an actress, is like betting, for a gambler. Each time you make a picture you try to analyze why you won or lost.


Quote: It is easier for women to succeed in business, the arts, and politics in America than in Europe. by author Hedy Lamarr overlaid on photo of moon near mountain ridge

It is easier for women to succeed in business, the arts, and politics in America than in Europe.


Quote: I've been an important star and lived a full life, yet I only have three close friends. I guess that's all anyone can expect. by author Hedy Lamarr overlaid on photo of photo of author Hedy Lamarr with quote

I've been an important star and lived a full life, yet I only have three close friends. I guess that's all anyone can expect.


Quote: I'm a sworn enemy of convention. I despise the conventional in anything, even the arts. by author Hedy Lamarr overlaid on photo of woman looking up to the sky while standing on white sand
Photo Credit: averie woodard

I'm a sworn enemy of convention. I despise the conventional in anything, even the arts.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

I'm a sworn enemy of convention. I despite the conventional in anything, even the arts. I paint canvasses on the floor and drove one art teacher out of his mind. But that's just the way I paint best.


Quote: I'd rather wear jewels in my hair than anywhere else. The face should have the advantage of this brilliance. by author Hedy Lamarr overlaid on photo of photo of author Hedy Lamarr with quote

I'd rather wear jewels in my hair than anywhere else. The face should have the advantage of this brilliance.


Quote: I would tell anyone who wants something from someone else to feign not wanting it. People are perverse. If you show great affection to them, they'll run the other way. by author Hedy Lamarr overlaid on photo of photo of author Hedy Lamarr with quote

I would tell anyone who wants something from someone else to feign not wanting it. People are perverse. If you show great affection to them, they'll run the other way.


Quote: I was in constant demand, in my professional life and my personal life. by author Hedy Lamarr overlaid on photo of man and woman with bone fire sitting on seashore

I was in constant demand, in my professional life and my personal life.


Quote: I was born an only child in Vienna, Austria. My father found hours to sit by me by the library fire and tell fairy stories. by author Hedy Lamarr overlaid on photo of photo of author Hedy Lamarr with quote

I was born an only child in Vienna, Austria. My father found hours to sit by me by the library fire and tell fairy stories.


Quote: I think women are concerned too much with their clothes. Men don't really care that much about women's clothes. If they like a girl, chances are they'll like her clothes. by author Hedy Lamarr overlaid on photo of photo of author Hedy Lamarr with quote

I think women are concerned too much with their clothes. Men don't really care that much about women's clothes. If they like a girl, chances are they'll like her clothes.


Quote: I often talked to Bing Crosby, and while I liked him, I never understood why he was so popular. To me his voice was just a gimmick. by author Hedy Lamarr overlaid on photo of blue and white striped textile
Photo Credit: Sincerely Media

I often talked to Bing Crosby, and while I liked him, I never understood why he was so popular. To me his voice was just a gimmick.


Quote: I never go to funerals. To me a person is dead when he breathes for the last time. After that, your memories should be personal. by author Hedy Lamarr overlaid on photo of stars across the sky view at the desert
Photo Credit: Jean Carlo Emer

I never go to funerals. To me a person is dead when he breathes for the last time. After that, your memories should be personal.


Quote: I don't have any gnawing guilt over contributing to any unhappiness suffered by my husbands. They were as much to blame as I was. by author Hedy Lamarr overlaid on photo of raging waves through shores
Photo Credit: Jon Del Rivero

I don't have any gnawing guilt over contributing to any unhappiness suffered by my husbands. They were as much to blame as I was.


Quote: I don't believe in life after death. But I do believe in some grinding destiny that watches over us on earth. If I didn't, the safety valve would give and the boiler would explode. by author Hedy Lamarr overlaid on photo of photo of author Hedy Lamarr with quote

I don't believe in life after death. But I do believe in some grinding destiny that watches over us on earth. If I didn't, the safety valve would give and the boiler would explode.


Quote: I appreciate subtlety. I have never enjoyed a kiss in front of the camera. There's nothing to it except not getting your lipstick smeared. by author Hedy Lamarr overlaid on photo of photo of author Hedy Lamarr with quote

I appreciate subtlety. I have never enjoyed a kiss in front of the camera. There's nothing to it except not getting your lipstick smeared.


Quote: Dirt makes a man look masculine. Let your hair blow in the wind, and all that. It's OK. All you have to do is look neat when you have to look neat. by author Hedy Lamarr overlaid on photo of sealion surrounded by rocks during daytime
Photo Credit: Joshua Harris

Dirt makes a man look masculine. Let your hair blow in the wind, and all that. It's OK. All you have to do is look neat when you have to look neat.


Quote: Confidence is something you're born with. I know I had loads of it even at the age of 15. by author Hedy Lamarr overlaid on photo of blue rose in close up photography
Photo Credit: Cmst May

Confidence is something you're born with. I know I had loads of it even at the age of 15.


Quote: Compromise and tolerance are magic words. It took me 40 years to become philosophical. by author Hedy Lamarr overlaid on photo of white sand under white sky

Compromise and tolerance are magic words. It took me 40 years to become philosophical.


Quote: The ladder of success in Hollywood is usually a press agent, actor, director, producer, leading man; and you are a star if you sleep with each of them in that order. Crude, but true. by author Hedy Lamarr overlaid on photo of photo of author Hedy Lamarr with quote

The ladder of success in Hollywood is usually a press agent, actor, director, producer, leading man; and you are a star if you sleep with each of them in that order. Crude, but true.


Quote: Experts always know everything but the fine points. When I took my citizenship exams, no one there knew how the White House came to be called the White House. by author Hedy Lamarr overlaid on photo of photo of author Hedy Lamarr with quote

Experts always know everything but the fine points. When I took my citizenship exams, no one there knew how the White House came to be called the White House.


Quote: Perhaps my problem in marriage -- and it is the problem of many women -- was to want both intimacy and independence. It is a difficult line to walk, yet both needs are important to a marriage. by author Hedy Lamarr overlaid on photo of photo of author Hedy Lamarr with quote

Perhaps my problem in marriage -- and it is the problem of many women -- was to want both intimacy and independence. It is a difficult line to walk, yet both needs are important to a marriage.


Quote: A good painting to me has always been like a friend. It keeps me company, comforts and inspires. by author Hedy Lamarr overlaid on photo of photo of author Hedy Lamarr with quote

A good painting to me has always been like a friend. It keeps me company, comforts and inspires.


Quote: American men, as a group, seem to be interested in only two things, money and breasts. It seems a very narrow outlook. by author Hedy Lamarr overlaid on photo of time lapse photography body of water
Photo Credit: JanFillem

American men, as a group, seem to be interested in only two things, money and breasts. It seems a very narrow outlook.


Quote: Jack Kennedy always said to me, Hedy, get involved. That's the secret of life. Try everything. Join everything. Meet everybody. by author Hedy Lamarr overlaid on photo of red strawberry fruit on red surface
Photo Credit: Daniele Levis Pelusi

Jack Kennedy always said to me, Hedy, get involved. That's the secret of life. Try everything. Join everything. Meet everybody.


Quote: I enjoy countless hundreds pursuing me. I love those who love me the most. I am sort of flattered by men showing attention to me. by author Hedy Lamarr overlaid on photo of photo of author Hedy Lamarr with quote

I enjoy countless hundreds pursuing me. I love those who love me the most. I am sort of flattered by men showing attention to me.


Quote: I don't fear death because I don't fear anything I don't understand. When I start to think about it, I order a massage and it goes away. by author Hedy Lamarr overlaid on photo of lighted candle in dark room
Photo Credit: Carolyn V

I don't fear death because I don't fear anything I don't understand. When I start to think about it, I order a massage and it goes away.


Quote: I have not been that wise. Health I have taken for granted. Love I have demanded, perhaps too much and too often. As for money, I have only realized its true worth when I didn't have it. by author Hedy Lamarr overlaid on photo of photo of author Hedy Lamarr with quote

I have not been that wise. Health I have taken for granted. Love I have demanded, perhaps too much and too often. As for money, I have only realized its true worth when I didn't have it.


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