Hedy Lararr Biography
good painting to me has always been like a friend. It keeps me
company, comforts and inspires.
All a woman needs is a good bath, clean clothes, and for her hair to
be combed. These things she can do herself. I very seldom go to the
hairdresser, but when I do, I just marvel.
All creative people want to do the unexpected.
All my six husbands married me for different reasons.
American men, as a group, seem to be interested in only two things,
money and breasts. It seems a very narrow outlook.
Analysis gave me great freedom of emotions and fantastic confidence. I
felt I had served my time as a puppet.
Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look
Any girl can look glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and
Because you don't live near a bakery doesn't mean you have to go
Compromise and tolerance are magic words. It took me 40 years to
Confidence is something you're born with. I know I had loads of it
even at the age of 15.
Dates with actors, finally, just seemed to me evenings of shop talk. I
got sick of it after a hile. So the more famous I became, the more I
narrowed down my choices.
Dirt makes a man look masculine. Let your hair blow in the wind, and
all that. It's OK. All you have to do is look neat when you have to
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 am a very good shot. I have hunted for
every kind of animal. But I would never kill an animal during mating
I am not ashamed to say that no man I ever met was my father's equal,
and I never loved any other man as much.
I appreciate subtlety. I have never enjoyed a kiss in front of the
camera. There's nothing to it except not getting your lipstick smeared.
I can excuse everything but boredom. Boring people don't have to stay
I don't believe in life after death. But I do believe in some grinding
destiny that watches over us on earth. If I didn't, the safety valve
would give and the boiler would explode.
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 don't have any gnawing guilt over contributing to any unhappiness
suffered by my husbands. They were as much to blame as I was.
I enjoy countless hundreds pursuing me. I love those who love me the
most. I am sort of flattered by men showing attention to me.
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 have never seen a wrestling match or a prize fight, and I don't want
to. When I find out a man is interested in these sports, I drop him.
I have not been that wise. Health I have taken for granted. Love I have
demanded, perhaps too much and too often. As for money, I have only
realized its true worth when I didn't have it.
I know when I'm working I seldom get into trouble. My educated guess is
that boredom has caused most of the problems with Hollywood celebrities.
I know why most people never get rich. They put the money ahead of the
job. If you just think of the job, the money will automatically follow.
This never fails.
I must quit marrying men who feel inferior to me. Somewhere there must
be a man who could be my husband and not feel inferior.
I never go to funerals. To me a person is dead when he breathes for the
last time. After that, your memories should be personal.
I often talked to Bing Crosby, and while I liked him, I never understood
why he was so popular. To me his voice was just a gimmick.
I remember all too well the premiere of Ecstasy when I watched my bare
bottom bounce across the screen and my mother and father sat there in
I think women are concerned too much with their clothes. Men don't
really care that much about women's clothes. If they like a girl,
chances are they'll like her clothes.
I was born an only child in Vienna, Austria. My father found hours to
sit by me by the library fire and tell fairy stories.
I was in constant demand, in my professional life and my personal life.
I would tell anyone who wants something from someone else to feign not
wanting it. People are perverse. If you show great affection to them,
they'll run the other way.
I'd rather wear jewels in my hair than anywhere else. The face should
have the advantage of this brilliance.
I'm a sworn enemy of convention. I despise the conventional in anything,
even the arts.
I've been an important star and lived a full life, yet I only hve three
close friends. I guess that's all anyone can expect.
I've met the most interesting people while flying or on a boat. These
methods of travel seem to attract the kind of people I want to be with.
If I had my way everyone would have a psychiatrist. When the brain is
sick and you must throw up, you do it by being purged in a
If I were to name my favorite pastime, I'd have to say talking about
myself. I love it and I think most other people do too. We need, people
like us, more listeners and less talkers.
If you use your imagination, you can look at any actress and see her
nude... I hope to make you use your imagination.
It is easier for women to succeed in business, the arts, and politics in
America than in Europe.
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.
Jack Kennedy always said to me, Hedy, get involved. That's the secret of
life. Try everything. Join everything. Meet everybody.
Lawyers know how to take isolated complaints in a divorce case and build
them into one big one.
Let any pretty girl announce a divorce in Hollywood and the wolves come
running. Fresh meat for the beast, and they are always hungry.
Making pictures, for an actress, is like betting, for a gambler. Each
time you make a picture you try to analyze why you won or lost.
Many people are target people. Once when Louis B. Mayer insulted me I
poured a glass of water over his head.
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
Most children turn out badly because they have the wrong parental image.
This doesn't mean their parents are criminal. It means they are boring
Mr. DeMille's theory of sexual difference was that marriage is an
artificial state for women. The want to be taken, ruled, raped. That was
My mother always called me an ugly weed, so I never was aware of
anything until I was older. Plain girls should have someone telling them
they are beautiful. Sometimes this works miracles.
One of my favorite people is Gypsy Rose Lee. She bears out the Biblical
promise that he who has, gets. And I hope she gets a lot more.
Perhaps my problem in marriage-and it is the problem of many women-was
to want both intimacy and independence. It is a difficult line to walk,
yet both needs are important to a marriage.
Some men like a dull life-they like the routine of eating breakfast,
going to work, coming home, petting the dog, watching TV, kissing the
kids, and going to bed. Stay clear of it-it's often catching.
The ceremony took six minutes. The marriage lasted about the same amount
of time though we didn't get a divorce for almost a year.
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.
The public pays and feels it is entitled to participate in the personal
affairs of a performer.
TO be a star is to own the world and all the people in it. After a taste
of stardom, everything else is poverty.
When I attained a certain advanced intimacy with a man, and I don't just
mean sex, I married him.
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