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Ecstasy and Me: My Life As A Woman Paperback – 1967

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Product Details

  • 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: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #967,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book was ghost-written for her by Leo Guild without her input. He got so many facts wrong, and took so many liberties, that she ended up suing the publisher over them.

There are much better books written about Hedy Lamarr, truly a remarkable woman worth reading about, but sadly she never wrote one herself.
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True to the subtitle "My Life as a Woman", the book reports only about those aspects of and events in the life of the author, Hedy Lamarr, in which the fact that she was a woman played a major role: marriages, sex, and movies, in about equal parts and in considerable detail. Her achievements and her patent in electronics are not mentioned at all, not even hinted at.
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.
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.....Miss Lamarr sued the publisher for inserting false assertions by her ghost writer that she claimed were not true. So how much of the book is fact and how much fiction is up for grabs. One thing is certain, if only one half of the book is factual then Miss Lamarr had a serious problem with her sexuality. She claims that she was over sexed and was under the care of psychiratists for many years. The word nymphomaniac was never used but most certainly must have been the case.

.....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.
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Very difficult to rate this book! Bizarre comes to mind. If you read other reviews, you'll find one that says she did not write it, or read the draft. It is so strangely written its hard for me to believe she was not the author, then again she need the money so badly, who knows.
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The history of the book itself is somewhat mysterious, as is the life of its subject. The bulk of the book's material came from lengthy interviews with Hedy Lamarr by the ghost-writer and model Nancy Bacon, beginning in the late 50's. Ms. Bacon then turned the material over to Leo Guild. While it is true that Ms. Lamarr sued the publisher when the book was released, and it's also true that Leo Guild may have taken liberties with the content, one can confidently say that Ms. Lamarr directly contributed most of it and even many of the "embellishments" were her own doing. All her biographers have generally agreed with this and quote "Ecstasy and Me" extensively.
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.
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A beautiful women with a great deal of intelligence. All too often she was dismissed for her beauty, much like the great silent star, Barbara LaMarr, who L.B. Mayer named her after. Both of them were women who were born too beautiful and not taken seriously enough.
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I especially like the beginning and the middle of the book when she discusses the Hollywood of yesteryear. The sexual exploits are great and all, but, after a while, I'm ready to hear more of a story. I also feel it is important to note that Ms. Lamarr denied most of the events described in the book.
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She was interesting. Her spying for us was quite inspirational. Norma
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