She, and her first husband (she had six marriages, apparently she was fan of switching marital frequencies often), Friedrich Mandl, a fascist Vienna-based arms manufacturer learned of the problem in defense meetings. Why a Jewish actress and her fascist husband were attending defense meetings in the early 40's I can't fathom, but the world was smaller then, I think. She left this husband over his fascist associations, drugging him, taking the jewels, hiding in a brothel and fleeing Germany for Paris where she divorced him. Good move.
Geld Auf Der Strase" (Money on the Streets). In 1932 she played in the German "art" movie "Extase" (Ecstasy), where she posed nude:
I remember all too well the premiere of Ecstasy when I watched my bare bottom bounce across the screen and my mother and father sat there in shock. - Hedy LamarrShots from this film is helpfully located here and here:
"Ecstasy and Me" she noted:
On a recent evening, sitting home alone suffering and brooding about my treatment at the police station because of an incident in a department store, and being replaced by Zsa Zsa Gabor in a motion picture (imagine how that pleased the ego!) I figured out that I had made – and spent – some thirty million dollars. Yet earlier that day I had been unable to pay for a sandwich at Schwab's drug-store.
In one scene, Brooks's character calls him "Hedy", and Korman corrects him saying "It's Hedley" to which Brooks replies "What are you worried about? This is 1874... you'll be able to sue her!"
Hedy Lamarr died in 2000, and at her request her ashes were scattered in a forest in her native Austria by her son, Anthony Loder. She left behind quite a number of amusing and pungent quotes. I'm sure Hollywood publicists contributed to this list...
They don't make stars like that anymore. RIP Hedy.
Thanks to the Rule 5 Wombat from The Other McCain's Rule 5 compilation and The Classical Liberal for the links!