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1.0 out of 5 stars If all you have is beauty, you ain't got much!, July 6, 2011
This review is from: Ecstasy and Me: My Life As A Woman (Paperback)
She's not all that beautiful to me. I've seen better. I think Linda Darnell and Gene Tierney were more beautiful. Since black actresses didn't get a chance back then because of racism, there were many who could compete with Hedy's, Ava Gardner, and Elizabeth Taylor's beauty, but since back then white beauty was suppose to be the most beautiful, black women didn't have a chance to compete. You should see actress Hilda Simms, Edna Mae Holly - Cotton Club dancer/Sugar Ray Robinson wife, Francine Everett - actress/singer, Ethel Moses - Oscar Micheaux actress/Cotton Club dancer, Model Pauline Green who could beat out Hedy Lamarr in the looks department, Pat Rainey - singer, Josephine Edwards - singer/actress, Hazel Scott - singer/pianist, Emily Santos - model, Dorothy Van Engle - model/Oscar Micheaux actress, Marion Egbert - Cotton Club dancer, Sheila Guyse - singer/actress, Ida James - singer, Savannah Churchill - singer, Rita Thomas - dancer, Millie Monroe - dancer/actress, Lonette McKee - actress, Marilyn McCoo - singer, Freda Payne - singer, Tammi Terrell - singer, Judy Pace - actress, Barbara McNair - actress, Diahann Carroll - actress, Sarah Lou Harris - model, Carrolle Drake, model Lulu Guerrero, and many others, they would make Hedy Lamarr look like nothing. All these black women, including Lena Horne and Dorothy Dandridge, would definitely give Hedy Lamarr and any other beautiful white actress a run for for their money. Lena Horne was called the black version of Hedy Lamarr, but I think Lena was more beautiful and obviously more talented. Check this video out at Youtube of unsung black beauties who also had talent, just copy and paste the link to see the video and I bet you can't deny that these women were just as beautiful as Hedy Lamarr -

Hedy is gorgeous but not the most beautiful, to me pretty is pretty, beauty is beauty, no such thing as most beautiful, but it all boils down to what's your taste and preference, some may find Hedy the most beautiful, others won't, I would pick Rita Hayworth, Gene Tierney, Dolores del Rio, Linda Darnell, Kathryn Grayson, Lena Horne, and Dorothy Dandridge over Hedy anyday. I doubt any man would turn down those ladies, cause they've been called the most beautiful too. Everytime a new chick came around back then, she was called "the most beautiful." God didn't make Hedy so-called beautiful, its called genes. I'm sure God don't go around with a magic wand saying he's going to make one beautiful and another ugly. God isn't partial he would make everyone beautiful. Looks aren't everything, obviously she had a lot of troubles in her life, so her looks didn't give her a perfect life. She suffered like any other woman, probably more so, because she thought cause of her looks all the men and everyone would treat her right. She was too stupid to know when your an attractive woman, all the men want you, but to use you, then when they get done with you, they move on to the next pretty face and that's what happen to Hedy. She's not the only beauty. She allowed herself to be exploited. I hate reading about how much of a whore some of these white Hollywood women were, didn't they have any morals? They go to bed with anyone, just cause you a sex symbol, don't mean you actually have to live up to it. Most of all these women ended up old and alone, the men used them then left them. Beautiful women like Hedy thought all the men would treat her right cause she's a beauty, yeah they'll treat you right in the beginning until they get what they want, then their gone, she should have been smarter.

Since Hedy had no talent, all people can talk about is her looks. Maybe she would have been looked at as a great actress, if she would have worked hard and studied at acting, and stop just looking and being beautiful. She should have showed she was more than just a pretty face by working hard at some talent, whether it be acting, singing, or dancing. If you just sit and look beautiful, you'll be be treated as such, so don't complain. Hedy brought it upon herself if people just wanted her just to be beautiful or just liked her for her looks, if she would have showed talent they would have like her for that too. Charlize Theron is a beauty, but she showed she was a great actress and looked rough in the film she won an Academy for. There were beautiful women who were great actresses, Hedy just didn't have the talent, so of course she was just liked for her looks. Rita Hayworth, Gene Tienery, Garbo, and Linda Darnell were beauties who could act, Rita was multi-talented, she could dance as well. Elizabeth Taylor was a beauty who could act real good. I pick them any day over Hedy. Hedy just seem cold, like a lot of beautiful women, nice face, but ugly and cold on the inside because they feel cause they look good, they can treat people any kind of way or act any kind of way. Hedy was good looking but she looked like a mannequin, no life in her face, no spark. I've seen photos where she looked not so hot. When you got good lightning and a good photographer and a good makeup artist anyone can look good in Hollywood. Its a matter of opinion who thinks she's the most beautiful in the world, but I don't, and since black women weren't given a chance in films, well you can't say she was the most beautiful, cause you haven't seen the other beauties. Its all a matter of opinion who's the most beautiful. Oh there was another called the most beautiful woman, and that was actress Dolores del Rio, and I believe Greta Garbo was called the most beautiful in the early 30's, and an obscure actress named Anna Sten was called the most beautiful in the 30's too, so it wasn't just Hedy called the most beautiful. I pick Dolores del Rio, Garbo, Anna Sten, Rita Hayworth, Linda Darnell, Kathryn Grayson, Gene Tierney, Lana Turner, Lena Horne, Eartha Kitt, Ellen Holly, Diahanna Carroll, Hilda Simms, and Dorothy Dandridge over Hedy Lamarr anyday. All these women are in the same category of beauty as Hedy.
I bet no man can't deny any of these women's beauty, if they wanted any man, no man would turn them down. I bet all these beauties could make any woman jealous too.

I'm sick of these Hollywood women saying their beauty is a curse when they life go wrong, you brought it on yourself by the decisions you made, your looks had nothing to do with it.
Beauty isn't a curse, its how you handle it, if you use it negative or let people in your life to use it negative, your life experience will be negative, if you do good things, surround yourself about good people, you'll have a positive life. There are a lot of women that had beauty and did well, the ones who didn't are the ones who thought people should hand things to them on a silver platter, they were selfish, cold, didn't have much of a personality, because they would use their looks to attract people, and thought every man was going to treat them like a queen cause of their beauty, and they found men only use them, abuse them, and then moved on to the next beauty. When your an attractive woman, you have to be careful beautiful the more beautiful you are, the more men want you to use you, every woman should know. I think Hedy was dumb in a lot of ways.

Most women who are beautiful, don't have inner beauty, and that's why their beauty is a curse, and that's why they can't keep a man. Most Hollywood beauties have many love affairs and husbands, because they can't keep a man because they don't have inner beauty, they can get any man they want with outer beauty, but the lack of inner beauty is what caused them many failed love affairs and many upsets in life. Hedy's the perfect example of perfect on the outside, but messed up on the inside, I guess you can't have it all!!!! If people perfected inner beauty as much as they do outer beauty, the world would be a better place and everyone would be perfect. Anyways, Hedy proved she was just like any other human being. She got old, wrinkled, and ugly like everyone else, even her son said she aged badly and tried to fix it with plastic surgery, but ended up looking worse, then she hid from the public cause she didn't look like she did when she was young. HA! Looks don't last forever, so always have something to fall back on like smarts or talents.

If she had anything to do with Hitler, I really don't like her now!!
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Initial post: Oct 24, 2011, 4:32:16 PM PDT
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Posted on Jan 1, 2012, 5:31:02 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 1, 2012, 5:31:40 AM PST
hellopenguin says:
Did you read the book? Because it sounds like you are more offended with her being called "beautiful", and you don't really describe the book.

Also, you repeatedly call her dumb and "just a pretty face" but she invented a communication system that's used by wireless technology.

Posted on Mar 5, 2012, 10:06:49 AM PST
LS says:
What in the world is this?! A review of the book or a long-winded review of her looks? Read the book and come back with a real review.

Posted on Mar 8, 2012, 7:35:36 PM PST
D. Moore says:
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In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012, 8:22:56 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 13, 2012, 8:24:00 PM PDT
SweeDaRo says:
This book doesn't cover her involvement with broad spectrum technology, which she wasn't recognized for at the time and I believe was called a radar improvement. This also wasn't written by her just a sensationalized view of her life where everything that happens is supposed to be related to the character she played in the film Ecstasy, and that because of the nude scene. The original reviewer is correct that there are many woman that can and deserve to be called beautiful, but that is not what this book debates or is about. If this is the only thing you have ever read on Ms. Lamarr, move away from this fictionalized account and check on some actual non-fiction books that detail all facets of her life Beautiful: The Life of Hedy Lamarr, Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World and so on.

Posted on Nov 7, 2012, 4:33:33 PM PST
jon says:
Your replacing one racial bias with another. There's beautiful white & black women. None are better on average:please check your racial prejudice at the door.

Posted on Jan 7, 2013, 11:31:29 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Aug 24, 2013, 3:27:17 AM PDT
You should have written a blog rather than using Amazon reviews to post your long-winded editorial, on Hedy's looks instead of a valid critique of "Ecstasy and Me." Hedy Lamarr's face was and still is considered, by a vast majority of people, to be the absolute epitome of beauty. If it is your opinion that these people are wrong, then that's just your personal assessment. None of the women you mentioned was more beautiful than Miss Lamarr and she was far from stupid or dumb. To be so presumptuous and arrogant as to offer your armchair psychology and inference that Miss Lamarr was devoid of inner beauty simply because she had several husbands and many affairs is not only objectionable, but shameful. Many men don't know how to 'make love' with any finesse, nor do they succeed at satisfying a woman. Some don't even care whether they do or don't give pleasure. They use women regardless of whether they're beautiful or not, because many men are selfish, shallow and devoid of any substance............

Posted on Aug 23, 2013, 1:28:03 PM PDT
J. Dayborn says:
She invented spread spectrum frequency hopping to make American radio controlled torpedoes unjammable in WWII. This was later used as the basis for Bluetooth. Your review was a bunch of crazy with no facts.

Posted on May 4, 2014, 9:11:27 PM PDT
Wallaby says:
Uh, Hedy also invented a communication system that revolutionized secure messages and is now the basis of digital cell phone service. In all your rantings about how her beauty was over rated, did you even read this book?
And, yes of course Hedy got older and wrinkled! What were you expecting?
She probably deserved a Nobel prize for her communications inventions. And you go on and on about her lack of beauty, as you see it.
She had NOTHING to do with Hitler. She was Jewish by birth and used her inventions to aid the Allied forces. Try reading her Biography, you may find it illuminating.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2014, 11:44:11 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 11, 2014, 11:57:32 PM PDT
Kallisto says:
I am not sure about the "vast majority" considering Hedy "the absolute epitome of beauty".
Neither I nor anyone I know could ever see her appeal. Yes, she is pretty - but I have seen myriads of women more beautiful than her in daily life. (Heck, I might as well admit it: I consider *myself* somewhat better looking than her.)
My social circle and I may have an odd taste in beauty, but here are a few women in film that I consider very beautiful (at least in their prime), in no particular order: Rita Hayworth, Vivien Leigh, Catherine Zeta Jones, Greta Garbo, Gene Tierney, Ava Gardner, Marilyn Monroe (sometimes), Brooke Shields in her early youth - and many others.

Reviewer: Charlize Theron looked "rough" (and somewhat convincing) in that film courtesy of the makeup department - which, frankly, speaking, was the only entity associated with that film (apart from Christina Ricci) who should have gotten an Oscar. Substituting a grotesque (artificial) physique for true acting - *especially* in beautiful actresses - is an old, old trick for making an impact and garnering Oscars, but it seems it still works in Hollywood.
BTW, I am not saying that Theron was bad in it. I am just saying that most of her "impact" was due to the makeup and the subtext: "See, as beautiful as I am, I am not afraid to appear 'ugly' - because I am a true actress!"
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