The ashes of Lady Hedy II

14 Nov


Dear fellow Flynn fans,

for those of you who wonder about Hedy Lamarr`s connection to Errol and why she was featured here recently on the blog:…

let me just tell you that our Hollywood hero was very fond of her. In fact he starts out in his biography MWWW paying tribute to her, as if she was some sort of counterpart of his:

“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 talent, 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”.

Errol got introduced to her at a party by his pencil moustached wingman David Niven and instantly got a taste of her temperament. Hefty Hedy was very a sophistcated lady much like his Tiger Lil`prior. Remember she had to escape her husband, a weapons manifacturer and one of the richest men at times of WW II, to come to Hollywood. She left their Viennese Villa with little but all of her jewellery.

“As we waited for Hedy to enter her living room, David kept prodding me to expect by far the most ravishing creature. David whispered as she glided in, “By God, she’s beautiful, even without the jewels.” “Quiet!” He wasn’t quiet. “See if she will tell you what she told me about how she had to save herself in getting out of Austria.”

Now, with Niven prodding me, I didn’t know how to get around her to ask her to tell me about her private life, but it sounded intriguing when David repeated, “See if she will talk about the night she couldn’t stand it any more and made a gateaway.”

Hedy and I talked for a while. I started leading up to it in a diplomatic way and finally got out the words, “Where is Mandel (the husband) now?” At which from this beautiful creature, came the growl, “That sonofabitch!” She spat and walked off.

Errol and Hedy developed a special liking for each other, but opted for palsyship, as Mrs. Lamarr recalled in her autobiography “Ecstasy and me”:

“I told my stand-in Sylvia who went to a crazy Flynn party with me: “Many of the bathrooms have peepholes or ceilings with squares of opaque glass though which you can’t see out but someone can see in. So be careful. Never go to a room Errol sends you to change if there is swimming” 

“One time  Errol, another party guest and me watched a “busty Italian star” changing into her bathing suit and laughed when she sniffed her armpits and tried to hide red clothing marks.”

The most beautiful girl in the whole wide Hollyworld went on to marry two of Errol`s closest friends, “Hollywood hussar” John Loder, to whom he refered from then on as “Mr. Lamarr” and Teddy Stauffer aka “Mr. Acapulco”.

Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler would have made a fine Mrs. William Tell too.


— shangheinz


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  1. rswilltell

    November 14, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Heinz; Great story-telling with more information on Flynn’s unfinished masterpiece ‘William Tell’. There is a new biography on Hedy Lamarr which goes all the way to her death in Orlnado, Florida. She died filthy rich, not for her movie career, but for the patent on her brilliant electronic inventions. She was a very complex woman. Stewart Granger had a sexual encounter with her that he highlights in his auto-biography showing another side of Hedy. Thanks Ralph

    • Gentleman Tim

      November 14, 2014 at 2:23 pm

      Great reminder, Ralph! Hedy hopped from one fascinating endeavor to another. We’re still using her creations today!



    • shangheinz

      November 14, 2014 at 3:17 pm

      I hope to document all on Will Tell from the Ralpha to the Omega. I am not sure, if Errol was reminiscing about a botched attempt or if it was mere wishful thinking when he wished for Hedy as his leading lady. The likes of Loren, Lollobrigida, Ulla Jacobson and (not confirmed and probably untrue) Hildegarde Neff were consulted for the role one way or another. Hedy Lamar was filming in Rome at the time the Tell project went on its way, so the possibility was definitely there to involve her.

      Yes, Stewart Granger, no stranger to danger, made a pass and then passed on Hedy because of her demanding demeanor. Sparks flew downwards…

      • Gentleman Tim

        November 14, 2014 at 4:24 pm

        Ul-la-la, Ulla!



        • shangheinz

          November 15, 2014 at 1:29 pm

          Nice Viking chant, Gent. Ulla, Hildegarde and Hedy had one thing in common: all three appeared in the nude on screen and caused a stirr in the media. Subsequently it was up to Mrs. Waltraut Haas to show a blazing bussom in Errol`s Tell tale:…
          And it was either la Lollo or la Loren that changed from their respective birthday suit into a bathing costume as mentioned in the story above.

          • Gentleman Tim

            November 15, 2014 at 7:28 pm

            Excellent Points All, bussomheinz!!!!!! As I like to keep abreast of such things, I have indeed had the lamarvellously ulltimate pleasure of attending Hedy and Ulla’s birthday suit parties. Both were held in the Grand Tetons as I recall.

            … Being more en garde with regard to Hildagarde, I barely know anything of her, though I’m sure Hildy was hard to top.

            La Lollo. La Loren. La Ulla. Ooh La La.

            Once again, leileiheinz, outstanding work on that link! … I womnder if Rod was holding any Hollywood porno films!!?? I guess we’ll find out once he’s disreoputable again, in the Year 2100!

            p.s. recalling what Errol said about whispering, I present the young and quite marvelous Miss LaMar!! (Not knowing the full extent of our audience, I am presenting the PG-13 version!)


  2. Gentleman Tim

    November 14, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Hedy stuff, hedyheinz. Thank you> She’s so sensuously beautiful.

    Oh, Errol, how did you not talk Hedy into filming “Ecstasy Part Deux” with you!!! Hedy would have been even happier than she was ~ 2:27 in the groundbreaking/ earthmoving clip below!…

    SO beautiful!


  3. Gentleman Tim

    November 15, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    Son & Mother:


    Mother & Daughter:


    • Gentleman Tim

      November 15, 2014 at 11:26 pm

      And here’s another Lamar/Lamar photo, lamaraheinz. Do you know the relation be tween Hedy and this Lamar?? (If anyone does, it will be you!)


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