She was called “the most beautiful girl in the world” and during Hollywood’s Golden Age of the 1930s and 1940s, she set standards of beauty and sophistication copied throughout the world during the three decades of her film career. When she made her American cinema debut opposite Charles Boyer in Walter Wanger’s moody 1938 romance-drama, Algiers, her character’s first appearance in that film literally took audiences’ breath away. Her exotic beauty was heralded in picture after picture. Hedy Lamarr is a photographic tribute to this extraordinary woman. Focusing on her spectacular beauty, it will contain hundreds of personal and professional photographs, many never before published, along with private letters, memorabilia, ephemera, estate jewelry, and gowns. It will have a running biographical commentary by biographer Stephen Michael Shearer, author of the definitive book of the star, Beautiful: The Life of Hedy Lamarr (St. Martins Press). This book will give the film fan and avid reader an ample opportunity to view and understand this most remarkable, beautiful woman. And, to introduce
Stephen Michael Shearer is an actor, a former model, and the author of three highly regarded film biographies: Patricia Neal: An Unquiet Life (University Press of Kentucky, 2006), Beautiful: The Life of Hedy Lamarr (St. Martin’s Press, 2010), and Gloria Swanson: The Ultimate Star (St. Martin’s Press, 2013). His book on Patricia Neal is currently in post film production and stars Hugh Bonneville as Roald Dahl. His second book on Hedy Lamarr has recently been used for the basis for the PBS/American Masters feature documentary “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story,” produced by Susan Sarandon in which he appears.