- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Fawcett Crest Book (1967)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0006DD35K
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.1 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #581,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ecstasy and Me: My Life As A Woman Paperback – 1967
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There are much better books written about Hedy Lamarr, truly a remarkable woman worth reading about, but sadly she never wrote one herself.
Although the over-all story is roughly chonological, there are many flash-forwards and flash-backs. Whether the narrative can hold up agianst these, is a matter of opinion; I could have done with a little less. The main time line starts with her birth and shows repeatedly how here life was influenced by the movie "Extasy" she made when she was 18 years old (hence the title). It ends with the infamous shoplifting affair, of which she gives a vague account, clearly unwilling to tell the whole truth, but equally clearly unwilling to lie. This tension is, to a lesser extend, discernable throughout the entire book. The book ends with about eighty small paragraphs of personal wisdom and advice.
Not high literature but definitely a good read, if you are interested in H.L. or in the Hollywood movie industry of 1935-1965.
.....I think Miss Lamarr's world class beauty turned out to be a curse instead of a blessing and kept her from ever realizing true contentment or happiness. She admitted as much in her book ..."My face has been my misfortune. It has attracted six unsuccessful marriage partners. It has attracted all the wrong people into my boudior and brought me tragedy and heartache for five decades. My face is a mask I cannot remove: I must always live with it. I curse it." ...
.....I was disappointed that the book did not discuss her patent for frequency hopping which today is called Spread Spectrum Technology and is one of the foundations for modern wireless communications. This to me was the most interesting part of her life. That such a great mind could be smothered and hidden behind a beautiful face is a tragedy.
.....I believe that Miss Lamarr was used and exploited by Hollywood for the money her beauty would generate but I also belive that she was a willing accomplice.
Hedy's inventions were completely left out of this book, I suspect this was due to the publisher's assessment that the readership would be more interested in her private life than her intellectual pursuits. In retrospect this was probably a mistake, but not an uncommon one for the genre.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Rather dirty for the time it was made. Just as good normal storiesPublished 8 months ago by gage ker
My wife loved the book. it was everything advertised It Came as promised in the time frame stated
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a fantastic look at one of early hollywood's brightest stars. it's really great and I'm going to read it again :)Published on September 22, 2013 by Somare
Hedy Lamarr was not only drop-dead beautiful, she was also highly intelligent and crafty. She played dumb and hear all the important Nazi war plans. Read morePublished on May 26, 2013 by B. Hamlin