Hedy Lamarr, 1913-2000

11/10/1998 at 12:00 AM EST

Hedy Lamarr, one of the last remaining goddesses from Hollywood's Golden Era, was found dead in her suburban Orlando, Fla., home Wednesday. She was 86. The Austrian-born Lamarr, with her alabaster skin and raven-colored hair, was once billed as the world's most beautiful woman. Her leading men at M-G-M in the '30s and '40s included Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy and Charles Boyer, who never said "Come with me to the Casbah" to her, despite legend to the contrary. In 1949 she played Delilah to Victor Mature's Samson in the Cecil B. DeMille epic. During WWII, she also helped develop a patent for an innovation that prevented radar signals from jamming, based upon an idea she picked up from one of her six husbands. "Any girl can be glamorous," she once said. "All you have to do is stand still and look stupid."

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