Thursday, April 9, 2015

Heavenly Body of the Week: Hedy Lamarr in The Heavenly Body


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Hey gang, welcome to H-Day at the ole A to Z Challenge. I'm sure by now, nine days in, ya'll know what the ole A to Z thang is, but in case ya don't, just go and click on the big H right over there, and it'll take ya to a place that will explain all. Otherwise, here we are on H-Day, brought to you by...um, the letter H (duh!), and that means a post with something to do with the letter H. And not just H as in Heavenly Body of the Week, but an actual heavenly body that begins with the letter H.

Which brings us to Vienna-born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler, better known as Hedy Lamarr. Yeah, this time around, instead of going for an actual heavenly body like a moon or a planet or a star or a comet or what have you, we are taking a look at a real heavenly body. You know, the ooh la la variety. Now as any self respecting cinephile and/or classic film fan, already knows, Hedy Lamarr is one of the most beautiful, drop dead gorgeous even, actresses in film history. But, Miss Lamarr was more than just a pretty face, much much much more. But more on that in a bit. For now, although she starred in many films throughout her twenty year motion picture career (she was in Algiers, which was Casablanca before Casablanca, and the femme fatale in the unfairly maligned Samson & Delilah) the one we are highlighting today is called The Heavenly Body. Yeah, a double heavenly body shot this week.

The Heavenly Body, a 1944 MGM film, costarring William Powell, is not a particularly great film (pretty standard stuff actually) but with Hedy Lamarr as the more than metaphorical heavenly body of the title, it is surely worthy of a peek and a half. Lamarr was married six times (average for Hollywood, I suppose) and was one of the biggest stars of her day. But, as  I stated earlier, Miss Lamarr was much much more than just a drop dead gorgeous heavenly body. The lady was also a scientist and inventor. Yeah, that's right. During her tenure as Hollywood royalty, whilst using her celebrity status to sell war bonds, Hedy co-invented a frequency hopping communication thingee (I'm not very technical) that was an integral part of helping to win WWII. Oh, and eventually it would become an integral part in the creation of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology. So howzabout that!? Beauty and brains galore. A true heavenly body, in every aspect of the term. Better than any old moon or planet.

So there ya have it, kids. The official H-Day entry in the ole A to Z Challenge thang. For those of you new to this blog, and I am sure there are a bunch of new eyes peeking in during this A to Z month, each and every week, I present some sort of heavenly body, be it a planet or moon or asteroid or whatever (and sometimes a lovely young lady as well). Below is a link to my Heavenly Body Space Database, where you can check out all my Heavenly Bodies so far. And maybe you'll come back and check other things out as well. Glad to have ya'll aboard. Keep on keepin' on, and all that jazz. See ya tomorrow for I-Day.

That's it gang. See ya 'round the web.


8 comments:

  1. She is not "Hedley!"-I almost wrote about her in my A to Z. Glad you mentioned her here and that hardly anyone knows about her brains! I love her Quote something along the lines of "To look beautiful, all you have to do is stand there and look stupid."

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    1. Hell, hardly anyone knows about her beauty AND brains. It is sad that big stars of the classic age, are so forgotten today.

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  2. Nice to read the behind the scenes stuff about stars. Was just reading about Audrey Hepburn who helped the Dutch Resistance (another H)

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    1. I always love the behind the scenes stuff too. Fascinating stories in there. Thanx for stopping by. See ya 'round the web.

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  3. Proving that you can be pretty while also being smart! Love the 'little known details' stuff! Thanks for the post!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and havin' a look.

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    1. Um...not really sure what you mean by that statement, but I'm going to take it as a compliment. So, thanx!

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