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Hedy LaMarr was an amazingly strong human being. This documentary brings that out. In the entertainment industry few fail to understand that to have a successful career we have to extend the shelf life of our product, which, of course, is our self. LaMarr was one of those few.

Truly intelligent people are few and far between. Generally unintelligent people are frightened by the bright folk especially when it comes to making love with them which is why LaMarr had such bad luck in her marriages. The men she married were embracing a shadow. The substance was too much for them.

One of the problems with films like this is that the men and women who make them have nowhere near the strength of their subjects. This is particularly true with BOMBSHELL in which the final years of LaMarr’s life are depicted as tragic.

They were not, of course. We all have to deal with that “badly written third act.” LaMarr dealt with it better than most.

In the film’s most powerful moment for myself I heard her read a poem to her son over the phone:

The Paradoxical Commandments

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.”

Kent M. Keith, The Silent Revolution: Dynamic Leadership in the Student Council

Believe me, that lady had not an ounce of regret or, worse, self pity, in her.

This is, despite its makers, an inspiring film.–Reg Hartt 2018–04–15.

Hedy Lamarr poses for a photo in her apartment in New York, 1979. (AP Photo).

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