Legend tells us that Hedy Lamarr was the most beautiful woman ever to grace the silver screen.
It is a fairly bold statement because when you look back, beautiful goddess were never something lacking on the silver screen.
Beauties such as Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth, Lana Turner and Veronica Lake. These ladies have gone down in Hollywood history for their extraordinary beauty.
But, Hedy was different…
Austrian born Hedy Lamarr’s career was dominated by male movie moguls from the beginning and she never stood a chance. She is most famous for the first nude scene in a movie (Ecstasy,1932). But she was so much more than this. In Hollywood, she was usually cast as glamorous and seductive. Her American debut was in Algiers (1938).
Her many films include Boom Town (1940), White Cargo(1942), and Tortilla Flat (1942), based on the novel by John Steinbeck. White Cargo and in 1941, she was cast alongside two other Hollywood beauties, Lana Turner and Judy Garland in the musical extravaganza Ziegfeld Girl.
The more I ponder, the more I see that her struggle was not very different from many starlets and their same drive for cinematic glory today. Much like fashion today; it is constantly changing, not always understood and we are hard-pressed to keep up with it.