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Quotes of the day: Hedy Lamarr

Published Monday, January 18, 2016 @ 6:16 AM EST
Jan 18 2016

Hedy Lamarr (born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler, November 9, 1914 – January 19, 2000) was an Austrian and American film actress and inventor. After an early and brief film career in Germany, which included a controversial love-making scene in the film Ecstasy(1933), she fled from her husband and secretly moved to Paris. There, she met MGM head Louis B. Mayer, who offered her a movie contract in Hollywood, where she became a film star from the late 1930s to the 1950s. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


All creative people want to do the unexpected.

American men, as a group, seem to be interested in only two things, money and breasts. It seems a very narrow outlook.

Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid.

Because you don't live near a bakery doesn't mean you have to go without cheesecake.

Compromise and tolerance are magic words. It took me 40 years to become philosophical.

Experts always know everything but the fine points. When I took my citizenship exams, no one there knew how the White House came to be called the White House.

I advise everybody not to save: spend your money. Most people save all their lives and leave it to somebody else. Money is to be enjoyed.

I can excuse everything but boredom. Boring people don't have to stay that way.

I don't fear death because I don't fear anything I don't understand. When I start to think about it, I order a massage and it goes away.

I find very often that very ugly women have really handsome men and vice versa because they don't have any competition. Sometimes handsome men have avoided me.

I have always felt that if a man gives you a solid gold key to his door he is entitled to the courtesy of a visit.

I win because I learned years ago that scared money always loses. I never care, so I win.

I'm a sworn enemy of convention. I despise the conventional in anything, even the arts.

It's funny about men and women. Men pay in cash to get them and pay in cash to get rid of them. Women pay emotionally coming and going. Neither has it easy.

Men are most virile and most attractive between the ages of 35 and 55. Under 35 a man has too much to learn, and I don't have time to teach him.

People are perverse. If you show great affection to them, they'll run the other way.

Plain girls should have someone telling them they are beautiful. Sometimes this works miracles.

The ladder of success in Hollywood is usually a press agent, actor, director, producer, leading man; and you are a star if you sleep with each of them in that order. Crude, but true.


(January 19 is also the birthday of Edgar Allan Poe, Alexander Woollcott, and Janis Joplin. )

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