Ann Sothern (when being asked who her closest female friend was and what qualifies made her such):
Hedy Lamarr, because she’s the antithesis of what everyone expects her to be, and a swell gal.
She was a very lovely lady. She carried herself with dignity all the time.
Jean Pierre Aumont:
The same evening I had dinner at Hedy Lamarr’s. Framed by mountains, her woodened house evoked her native Austria. There, on her terrance, which seemed to float over the canyon, she appeared, dressed in red, her black hair flowing. She was a vision of sensuality, with the nose upturned just enough to keep her from being too beautiful.
The Hedy whom we know is not the Hedy you know. You know something which the MGM publicity department has, in all its cunning, dreamed up. There is no such Hedy. They have long ago decided that, in order to give her sufficient sex appeal, they will make her faintly stupid. But Hedy is very very bright. Compared to most Hollywood actresses we know, Hedy is an intellectual giant. I know I’m crabbing the MGM publicity department’s act, but it’s true. Hedy is not much interested in acting, in an actress career. She is a good actress, but she is just not intersted. She is, like ourselves, a dreamer. She is also a sensitive, wonderful human person, one whom we love very much, as you would too if you really knew her!
Hedy Lamarr’s beauty was like music: it inspired emotions even when, as in my case, it kindled no desire. I imagine she was well into her forties at that time, and considered by Hollywood to be over the hills and on the skids. She was tall, which was unexpected in a woman with so fine-boned a face, and it was hard for anyone to look at anything else when she was around, her features were so perfect and symmetrical.
The first time I met Hedy Lamarr, she was with Reggie (Reginard Gardiner). She always said he was the man she should have married. She has sprained her ankle and Reggie was sort of hauling her around. But you didn’t miss that beautiful face of hers. Oh, it was fabulous, just fabulous! People assume, apparently because of her beauty, that Hedy is a blank. Not at all! She was always charming when I knew her, with a nice sense of humor. When she married to Gene Markey, they became part of the group that used to come to my house.
I am always the contrast gal; the ugly duckling who makes everyone else look like a graceful swan. But with Hedy and me in the same picture, they ought to call it “Beauty and the Beast”.
I dyed my hair black, parted it in the middle, wore masses of white makeup, and very dark lipstick. I was trying to look exactly like Hedy Lamarr.
It chances that I think Hedy to be one of the most underestimated actresses, one who has not been lucky enough to get the most desirable roles. I have seen her do a few brilliant things. I always though she had great talen, and as far as classical beauty is concerned, you could not then, nor perhaps even now, find anyone to top Lamarr. Probably one of the most beautiful women of our day. Naturally I wanted to meet her – and subsequently I would want her to play the female lead in my Italian fiasco, “William Tell”.
Ann Baxter (at the premiere of “Samson and Delilah” and she noticed Hedy didn’t talk about the success of the movie):
If I had just seen myself as Delilah, looking as Hedy did, I would still be talking about it.
I know I should say something about Hedy’s beauty. I, like anyone gradually getting to know Hedy, was in for a surprise. There is no doubt at all that Hedy is unreasonably lovely. Black and white photography doesn’t do her justice; color almost catches her spectacular vividness. In daily life, she appears to be utterly unaware of her own looks.
The most beautiful girl of the century.
She had a cloak of intrigue surrounding her, no question about it, to anyone my age – I was only 22 or so when I met her. I watched her carefully, and I was so dazzled and blown away by her beauty. That in itself kept you riveted. Forget about anything else, she was a stunning woman with the most extraordinary kind of presence.
Cecil B. DeMille:
Hedy Lamarr’s talent is more than skin-deep… We argued quite a bit but I respected Hedy. She loves picture-making, it shines out of her. I had no idea Hedy was as good an actresses as she turned out to be. She was fiery, yet did everything expected of her. When I was blowing up, Hedy remained calm. She had great self-confidence and self-respect. Considering her reputation and beauty, she is a most unaffected person.
Whitey Schafer, photographer:
Hedy Lamarr requires no camera tricks or soft music… The moment she steps in front of the camera, she becomes a flexible subject… of rhythm, of lure and depth of expression.
The name Delilah will be an everlasting curse on the lips of men.
Just try working in the same picture with that Lamarr face, and just see if you’re not ready to commit suicide.
Most movie queens don’t look so good when you see them in the flesh, but this one looked better, infinitely better than on the screen.
I don’t think I’ve ever used the terms ravishing, but in describing the knockout beauty of Hedy Lamarr, star of more than 25 films, it is the only word that seems to fit. All of us who knew her will tell you she had a great sense of humor. And she was smart too. I first met Hedy at the Hollywood Canteen–she was handing out autographs… I was washing dishes. That’s not quite true–she was a regular there, and danced and talked with the servicemen, cooked and served the food. My doing the dishes–now, that’s true. Not a very good billing then, but I shared equal billinh with her in our film “My Favorite Spy” in 1951. I played two parts, and both of them were Hedy’s lovers. How about that for overtime? At the Academy Awards, she was always good material. In 1943, I got laughs with. During the dinner, I gave one of the greatest performances ever seen in Hollywood. I sat next to Hedy Lamarr and had to act as though I was interested in the food. After six marriages (not all at the same time, mind you) and filmmaking, Hedy Lamarr retired to a simple life in Florida. We got her to venture back to California in September 1966 to appear on my special at NBC. She was reserved, smart and beautiful. And to her friends and fans–that’s how she’ll always be.
John Loder, third husband:
To my surprise I soon discovered that Hedy had very simple tastes and in fact, was a typical hausfrau at heart. She was quite domesticated and preferred to stay at home in the evening rather than go to parties. On the cook’s day off, she always prepared the means herself, but when we did go out she proved an excellent conversationist and could speak intelligently on politics or any other topic. She did not think and was never ostentatious or out to catch the limelight for herself. I shall always maintain that Hedy’s best quality was that she was completely umimpressed by her own outstanding beauty.