Sunday, May 15, 2011
Hedy Lamarr lived in another era. The glitz and glam of Hollywood were a world that Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler wouldn't have dreamed of in her early days in Austria. But at seventeen she starred in her first project, launching an epic journey into starlet history. She was dubbed, aptly, The Most Beautiful Woman In Films.
What is less known is that she was also intelligent and patented an idea that launched the government to come up with technology that, when used with the transistor, became groundbreaking for today's phone industry.
That she maintained her brains along with her beauty is evident in her quotes and possibly the downfall of a few of her string of marriages. As she said, "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." It is quite possible some of those men married her for the stunning nature of her beauty and underestimated the power and presence of an intelligent and strong minded/willed woman.
Some other quotes that have tripped my trigger today by this excellent role model for today's girls:
"Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid."
"I must quit marrying men who feel inferior to me. Somewhere there must be a man who could be my husband and not feel inferior. I need a superior inferior man."
"American men, as a group, seem to be interested in only two things, money and breasts. It seems a very narrow outlook."
"I can excuse everything but boredom. Boring people don't have to stay that way."