Archive Page - 08/16/13 41 years, 2,178 covers and 55,102 stories from PEOPLE magazine's history for you to enjoy
- Did a Naked Man Really Climb Out of Buckingham Palace? (VIDEO)
- The Style Top 5: Cara Delevingne Gets Handsy With Her BFFs, Kim Kardashian's Unique Way of Thanking Her Fans and More
- Justin Timberlake Visits Pregnant Jessica Biel on Set (PHOTO)
- See the Best Celeb Food Photos of the Week from Hugh Jackman, Kylie Jenner & More
- Watch: Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson Drop in on Dakota Johnson's SNL Monologue
On Newsstands Now
- Matthew McConaughey: In His Own Words
- Jessa Duggar's Wedding Album
- Brittany Maynard's Final Days
Pick up your copy on newsstands
Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine
People Top 5
LAST UPDATE: Tuesday February 10, 2015 01:10PM EST
PEOPLE Top 5 are the most-viewed stories on the site over the past three days, updated every 60 minutes
- February 07, 2000
- Vol. 53
- No. 5
Hedy Lamarr, Screen Temptress, Melded One Part Dietrich, One Part Edison
Glamor queen was just a line on her résumé to Lamarr, who died in her sleep in an Orlando suburb on Jan. 19 at age 85. Police attribute her death to natural causes. Denise Loder-DeLuca, 54, Lamarr's other child by the third of her six husbands, actor John Loder (Lamarr and second husband Gene Markey also adopted a son, James, now 60 and a retired cop), says she talked to her mother often, and "she sounded like she was 38. She was totally hip and chic."
Born in Vienna, Lamarr first made a splash at age 19 by skinny-dipping in the racy 1933 Czech film Ecstasy. She set sail for America in 1937, and her ship came in even before her ship came in—MGM mogul Louis B. Mayer signed her on the liner to New York City.
If Lamarr looked bored onscreen, it's because she was. "Any girl can be glamorous," she once said. "All you have to do is stand still and look stupid." This was an actress for whom playing stupid was a stretch: In 1940 she invented an antijamming technique for radio signals that was largely ignored then but was employed by the U.S. military during the Cuban missile crisis and is still in use today. "If you have a cell phone, you are using her technology," says Loder. Unlike his mother, he profits from the idea: He owns a phone store in L.A.
In later years, Lamarr stayed feisty by suing everyone from the authors of her ghostwritten autobiography (the suit was dismissed) to Mel Brooks, who mocked her name in Blazing Saddles (they settled out of court). She was also arrested twice, but never convicted, for shoplifting. Perhaps it was absent-mindedness; in one case she had checks totaling $14,000 in her purse. "Nobody," says Loder, "could tell her what to do."
Treat Yourself! 4 Preview Issues
The most buzzed about stars this minute!