Hedy Lamarr, Old Hollywood sex symbol, had a brain. It's a fact that may be nearly as overlooked as the inventor's wartime creation: landmark technology that was a precursor to Bluetooth.
It's not surprising that she's known best for her sultry persona, given her film role that made everyone sit up and take notice. In 1933's "Ecstasy," a Czech film, she raised eyebrows and drew condemnation around the globe when she appeared nude in one part of the film and simulated an orgasm in another.
Lamarr is seen going skinny-dipping and, still without a stitch on, chasing a runaway horse. The orgasm scene comes later, and, yes, she does smoke a cigarette afterward. "Ecstasy" is considered the first theatrically released movie to feature an actress simulating an orgasm on screen.
Take that, Meg Ryan.
Now, Richard Rhodes has revealed the nerdy side of this legendary beauty and superstar.
His new book, "Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World," tells about the invention and how her role in its creation was long ignored.
Marc Anthony is rolling right through the steps of a celebrity breakup: After the bombshell announcement, insensitive concert spewing and total silence comes the routine catharsis chat.
All of Anthony's gems about divorcing star wife Jennifer Lopez will air this week as he sits down with ABC News, but not without some teasing in between.
"Did you want this divorce?" interviewer John Quinones asks as Anthony gives pensive looks. A long snippet of the chat will air on "Good Morning America" on Thursday, followed by a full special that evening on "Nightline."
"I'll always love Jennifer," Anthony reveals. And that's the spiciest bit in this interview appetizer (clip below). Lopez, in the meantime, will head back to "American Idol" as a judge this fall, with Anthony keeping his day job as as regular on TNT's "HawthoRNe."
Had she lived, Princess Diana would have celebrated her 50th birthday this coming Friday. Ever ponder how things might have turned out for the people's princess had that fatal 1997 car crash never happened? Newsweek's Tina Brown has ever-so-kindly tried her hand at taking some of the guesswork out of that equation.
The rather jarring cover features an imaginary present-day Diana strolling with the daughter-in-law she never knew: An age-projected photo illustration of Di is digitally superimposed at the side of the former Kate Middleton, the commoner who married Prince William, emerging from Westminster Abbey in April as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.
While many fans were imagining the high glamour and higher emotion Diana's presence would've brought to the royal wedding, the cover and accompanying story takes it bigger, imagining one version of where she would be today.
"Gliding sleekly into her 40s, her romantic taste would have moved to men of power over boys of play," she writes, saying Diana's entire life would be about philanthropy and dizzying power circles, in addition to sons William and Prince Harry.
Daily Beast founder and Diana expert Brown has a rather dramatic vision of a modern Di, tweeting at the Dalai Lama and owning a deliriously designed Facebook page (featuring another age projection of Diana clutching an iPhone).
Imaginary Diana has a lofty apartment in New York, a strange but comforting friendship with ex-husband Charles, Prince of Wales, and naturally a front-row next to Victoria Beckham at Fashion Week.
Possible, yes — but it is plausible? And is the cover all sorts of right, or all sorts of wrong? Let us know.
Photo: On its "Diana at 50" cover, Newsweek has digitally engineered a photo illustration of an age-projected Princess Diana strolling with the former Kate Middleton, now Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, the daughter-in-law Di never met. Credit: Newsweek.
Kim Kardashian apparently hasn't had time to lay in enough fine china on her way to reality TV stardom. And while most brides go modest for their second wedding, Kardashian is repeatedly proving that she isn't most brides, with her wedding registry choices the most recent illustration of that.
As if that honking 20.5-carat engagement ring wasn't enough.
The 30-year-old, affianced to the New Jersey Nets power forward Kris Humphries, has registered at the tony Gearys boutique in Beverly Hills, as well as relatively wallet-friendly Williams-Sonoma, though the latter has been removed from public view online. But her sumptuous Gearys wish list adds up to about $172,000 in luxury housewares, the New York Daily News reported.
The fashionista's already decadently furnished home, which she obsessed over after she and Reggie Bush broke up, has been seen on her reality series "Keeping Up With the Kardashians."
Well, what do you buy a girl who has everything (and in this case is reportedly worth $35 million)? We asked ourselves a similar question when Prince William and the former Kate Middleton's royal wedding came around. Different women, different answers.
Kardashian and Humphries' Gearys registry cites an Oct. 31 wedding date, but a source close to the couple said the bride won't be having Halloween ceremony. (Tell that to the circus of items she's zapped with that registry gun.)
"That's just a joke," the insider told E! News. "They're not announcing the real date just yet." Perhaps, Kardashian is able to keep some things a secret.
Now, on to her list of newlywed must-haves:
18 Hermes Balcon du Guadalquivir black cereal bowls -- $155 each 18 Hermes Balcon du Guadalquivir platinum presentation plates -- $670 each 24 Hermes American dinner plates -- $225 each 1 Christofle 1925 coffee pot - $1,650 Matching creamer and sugar bowl -- $1,710 2 Havana ashtrays -- $840 (that's a pricey place to put out a cigarette) 1 extra large Baccarat crystal vase -- $7,850 1 Baccarat crystal jam jar -- $380 1 antique ebony tray by Baccarat -- $1,595 1 Baccarat mustard jar -- $175 5 $150 L'Objet gold napkin rings with crystal -- $175 1 candy jar -- $375 1 ice tong -- $195 1 Lalique Cactus flacon -- $450 (if you're wondering what a flacon is, consult a French romance from the 1800s) $38,400 worth of Torchon dinnerware by Buccellati
Is Chelsea Handler having an identity crisis? Seems the comic blond, at the height of her popularity and industry demand, has given a candid interview that mocks the brand she's worked years to build.
"I want to do something that's going to utilize my brain a little more than this show," Handler told the Hollywood Reporter of her late night E! comedy series "Chelsea Lately."
"If 'Lately' is the show that I'm going to do, it's going to change. But it may turn out that I'm done with it altogether. I can't keep doing the same thing; my brain is bleeding. I want to do something that's more mindful and isn't celebrity-centered," she continued.
"Lately" is a comic roundtable lampooning celebrities and their follies, followed by a one-on-one chat with a bold-face name guest. Though it has gained steadily in popularity over the past years, and spawned a behind-the-scenes reality show "After Lately," Handler can't get no satisfaction.
"I'm not looking to totally bail on E!," she says of her home network. "They've done a lot for me, and I like it here ... if you take away the Kardashians."
While the Kardashian sisters (who have appeared as guests on her program) don't satiate Handler, she has several projects in the pipe to distract from the brain bleeding: an NBC sitcom based on her book, "Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea," on which she'll have a recurring role. Not to mention her supporting bit in Reese Witherspoon's upcoming film "This Means War."
So is Handler having an identity crisis, raging against a brand she's carved out and can't move past? Or simply burning the middle-brow bridge behind her as she ascends to new levels of content-making in Hollywood?
Celeb chef Gordon Ramsay thinks you should give Victoria Beckham what she wants, thank you very much.
Well, nothing unreasonable, just a few modifications to the odd restaurant dish so the pregnant celeb can enjoy a mild meal.
Speaking with the media to promote the second season of "MasterChef," Ramsay let an anecdote fly about a recent meal he shared with soccer star David Beckham's wife, according to our fellow blog Daily Dish.
At celeb-favorite Venice restaurant Gjelina, Ramsay and "Lady Victoria," as he called her, broke bread together. When she placed an order for a smoked trout salad sans accoutrement (grapefruit, avocado, red onion and lemon) and dressing on the side, Mrs. Beckham was brutally rebuffed.
"The lady's pregnant!" Ramsay cried. "No one is asking to be fussy. ... I still think that's the customer's prerogative. ... It was a sour note. I don't think customers should be treated that way."
Ramsay argues that her eight-months-pregnant-status certainly warrants lighter fare, though it could be argued a high-brow dining experience shouldn't be modified.
What do you think of Victoria's special order? Tell us in comments.
Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox are still best friends, her rep maintains, despite a report that the famous pair had a falling out.
Aniston and Cox, longtime pals since their days on 'Friends," have been experiencing "tension" since Cox's separation from David Arquette, according to the report from Us magazine.
"It's completely false -- there was no falling out," Aniston's rep told the Ministry in an email. "Jennifer has always and continues to consider Courteney a dear and close friend."
The Us report quoted an insider as saying "Jen thinks Courteney is acting callous" by spending time with "Cougartown" costars Brian Van Holt and Josh Hopkins, without formally filing for divorce from Arquette.
Another tidbit that would suggest Aniston and Cox are still total BFFs: Aniston reportedly introduced Cox to her new beau, actor and writer Justin Theroux.
Aniston reportedly held a small to-do for her friends to meet Theroux on Friday, attended by Cox and Chelsea Handler, among others.
"They all had a great time and enjoyed Justin's company," a source told People magazine.
And Blake Lively thought she was on hiatus from "Gossip Girl."
The actress has been the source of much speculation this week thanks to photos claiming to show her in the nude, all the while she's been abroad taking nighttime walks with Leonardo DiCaprio.
On Tuesday, photos taken with a mobile device circulated on the Web claiming to show Lively completely naked, in an upper-body and full-length shot.
A rep for Lively told the Ministry the pictures were fake, adding that "Blake has never taken nude photos of herself."
Someone did manage to get a much more civilized shot of Lively in a cream-colored minidress, roaming the streets of Monte Carlo with DiCaprio. The two sparked some interest during the Cannes International Film Festival by appearing at the same parties and have apparently extended their French vacation to include leisure time.
"He looked very in love," an onlooker told Us Weekly of DiCaprio when he brought Lively to a Grand Prix viewing party in the foreign city.
Oprah Winfrey's favorite thing must not have been money ... or she just had a few million dollars to spare, because the cost of her "Oprah's Favorite Things" audience giveaways adds up to about $23.8 million.
Oh, to be an accountant on "The Oprah Winfrey Show."
The daytime diva wrapped her 25-year daytime talk show run Wednesday to the best ratings she's had since 1994. But Winfrey also wrapped the hopes of fans being the all-too-excited recipients in that giveaway-happy studio audience.
The total cost of the holiday freebies she's given away since 2002 comes out to about $23,809,050 -- we have Jezebel to thank for calculating that number.
Computations were based on the items' retail price and then multiplied by 300, the number of people usually in Winfrey's studio audience.
Some of those "Favorite Things," with individual prices shown, include:
Origins Perfect World White Tea Body Cream ($30)
Frontgate's Portable DVD Player ($400)
Burberry coat ($700)
Burberry purse ($700)
BlackBerry 7105T from T-Mobile ($300)
$1,000 credit card
LG HDTV Refrigerator ($3,800)
Elfa Customizable Closet System ($1,000)
Tory Burch "Silver Anniversary" tote bag and flat shoes ($450)
Kim Kardashian's engagement ring from Kris Humphries could be stealing the reality TV starlet's spotlight.
The 20.5-carat custom-designed piece made a public appearance on Kardashian's finger when she and Humphries were catching an international flight from LAX on Wednesday, Us Weekly reported.
The platinum ring features a 16.5-carat emerald cut center stone placed between two 2-carat trapezoids. Humphries had the ring designed after a replica of a ring Kardashian had coveted at a young age, according to People. And no, it wasn't a ring pop, but it might as well have been.
"In high school, I went to Macy's and bought this fake ring, my 'perfect' ring, and this is almost the exact same,” she told the magazine. Friend and jewelry designer Lorraine Schwartz turned that "perfect ring" into the dazzler she's sporting now.
"I just knew I wanted it to be big!" Kardashian said. "It's the most beautiful thing I have ever seen."
The ring's estimated worth is at least $1 million, but others appraise it at double that price.
So, how heavy is that bad boy? Roughly 4 ounces, the New York Daily News reported, comparing the stud to a deck of cards on your finger. Talk about a full wrist workout...
But Kardashian's ring isn't the only lavish looker out there. Here are a few other swoon-worthy sparklers, some of which lasted longer than the couples:
Hilary Duff's ring from hockey player Mike Comrie: 14 carats, $1 million
Khloé Kardashian's ring from Lakers star Lamar Odom: $850,000
Beyonce's ring from mogul Jay-Z: 18 carats, $5 million
Carrie Underwood's ring from hockey player Mike Fisher: 12 carats, $800,000
Christina Aguilera's ring from Jordan Bratman: 20 carats, $54,000
Jessica Simpson's ring from NFL player Eric Johnson: 8 carats, $100,000
Paris Hilton's rings from billionaire Paris Latsis: 24 carats, $5 million, and 15 carats, $2.1 million
Jennifer Lopez's ring from Ben Affleck: 6 carats, $1.2 million.
Kate Middleton's ring from Prince William: 18 carats, $265,000
Perhaps marrying an athlete, actor or royalty is the way to go?
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