Dorothy Dandridge presenting the Oscar for Film Editing for “On the Waterfront” at the 27th Academy Awards at New York’s Century Theater on March 30, 1955. She was nominated for Best Actress that year for her role in “Carmen Jones.”
The woman who invented the modern basis of wireless communication made also film history when appearing in the controversial film Ekstase (also known as, Symphonie der Liebe), Ecstasy.Hedy Lamarr, by that time, Hedy Kiesler plays a ordinary woman who marries a older man who can’t please her so she leaves him and finds a lover who can. This film from 1933 contains the first ever non-pornographic sex scene with a stimulated orgasm. Hedy had trouble to show emotion during the scene so the director, Gustav Machatý unexpectedly jabbed her in the derriere with a pin in order to get the desired expressions on her face. Hedy was 19 when the film released and a lot of sources say she was 19 years old during film but in her elder days she confessed that she was younger than that. The film shows female sexuality in a positive way and was ahead of its’s time. The lead female character is not shamed for her sexual desires as she leaves her husband for a younger lover. She has her own voice and own determination as she goes off leaving her husband and later lover to live happily in her own ways. Pope Pius XII publicly denounced the film and it was banned in Germany main reason was the sex scene was between a German man and a Jewish woman (Hedy Lamarr being Jewish in real life), the film still goes on to be one of the worlds most groundbreaking pictures and even shows a nude Hedy Lamar, from the waist up.
Fear runs our lives. It doesn’t matter who you are. You have to understand your relationship with fear. Whether you’re scared of getting into a relationship; or taking the new job; or a confrontation - you have to size fear up.
”I often do a lot of research. I didn’t know I was doing a Q & A screening until I read it on one of the [fan] websites and they were booking tickets. I was like, ‘Oh, that’ll be nice. I better brush my hair then’. No, they’re great. They’re really supportive. I try to look after them.”
Did she ever rebel as a kid, do anything at all naughty or unexpected? “There’s this cough syrup called Linctifed, and it was red and it was delicious. I went and I drank the whole bottle of it, and then I replaced it with water. I got into a lot of trouble for that.” (x)
"I think every woman at one point or another in their life has been called a bitch. For a long time I had a real problem with that word, I didn’t like it and I thought it was derogatory. But I’ve gotten to a place now where I’ve made a lot of peace with it. It’s been so overused and made to seem so derogatory towards woman that I’ve adapted it into an empowering feeling for myself. If I’m a bitch then I’m a bitch, if that’s what an assertive woman is to you. So I’ve sort of adapted it as a badge of honor."