Thursday, February 14, 2008

Immigrant of the Day: Hedy Lamarr (Austria)

Hedy_lamarr_in_dishonored_lady_5 Hedy Lamarr (1913–2000) was an Austrian-born American actress. Lamarr was born as Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler in Vienna, Austria. She studied ballet and piano and played major roles in German movies.  She ultimately changed her name to Hedy Lamarr, choosing the surname in homage to a famously beautiful film star of the silent era, Barbara LaMarr.

In Hollywood, Lamarr was usually cast as glamorous and seductive. Her American debut was in Algiers (1938). Her many films include White Cargo (1942), and Tortilla Flat (1942). In 1941 she was cast alongside two other Hollywood beauties, Lana Turner and Judy Garland in the musical extravaganza Ziegfeld Girl. Lamarr's biggest success came as Delilah in Cecil B. DeMille's Samson and Delilah.

Lamarr became a naturalized citizen of the United States on April 10, 1953. For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Hedy Lamarr has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6247 Hollywood Blvd. In 1967, she published her autbiography Ecstasy and Me.


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