She stared in such classic movies as “Ziegfeld Girl” in 1941, Her looks were so stunning she was called “The most beautiful girl in the world.” In her black and white movies she seethed out sexuality. You know that sexy squinty look from her eyes and an exotic accent to match as in the 1938 movie, “Algiers.” Even her name sounds dark and mysterious. She was Delilah in the 1949 movie “Samson and Delilah.
Her home had a room outfitted with a drafting table installed with the proper lighting, the proper tools and an entire wall filled with engineering reference books. It was a hobby that remained obscured in the shadow of her celebrity and one that she rarely revealed even to her own son. He was the product of the third of her six marriages. He remembers that she wanted to stop all the hollywood stuff that she really didn’t enjoy and continue with her inventions.
Some of her inventions did not get much attention but her idea for a radio controlled torpedo got her a patent. Remember it was 1940 when German U Boats were occupying the Atlantic Ocean. They were torpedoing ships that were also having woman and children on civilian vessels that had people fleeing the Nazis. She was born to Jewish parents in Austria. She fled her homeland and arrived in hollywood.