Hedy Lamarr, one of my favorite actresses from the 30’s and 40’s has been in the news a couple of times recently. Lamarr was so beautiful that I think she couldn’t stand how people fawned over her all the time. Her beauty became a burden. And she was also something of a genius.
Upon learning that Lamarr was the inspiration for the original Catwoman, the gorgeous Anne Hathaway has modeled her version of the character in the upcoming Batman movie on the screen legend. You can read about it here. A leather-clad Hathaway channeling Hedy Lamarr! WOW!
In November of 2011, author Richard Rhodes published Hedy’s Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World. In it, he tells of how her invention changed the world.
I have used Hedy Lamarr myself as inspiration in many of my paintings. In Fire eater, I actually kind of blended her features with those of film noir queen Gene Tierney. I guess for this painting I couldn’t pick who I wanted more.
As a postscript, I just wanted to thank those of you who have purchased my art, read my blog or just visited my website. It has been a few months since my last blog, but as you know sometimes real life gets in the way and there are just so many hours in a day. Have a Safe, Happy and Prosperous New Year everyone!