With her contract with MGM expired, she invested heavily in producing her own movies the noir "The Strange Woman" of 1946, which was a moderate success.
But "Dishonored Lady"one year later was savaged by censorship and tanked at the box office.
This did not help Heddy's finances as she was known for reckless shopping sprees.
The 1940s though closed with Heddy's biggest success to date, the biblical epic "Samson and Delilah" directed by Cecil B. De Mille and starring Victor Mature as the male lead.
Commenting on mature's pictorials, Groucho Marx famously quipped "First picture I've seen in which the male lead has bigger than the female."
As much as we love Groucho Marx and his humor, we expect that Lamar wished to be remembered for something more than a figure.
But such was the life of a Hollywood star and one on the decline too.
At the age of 35, movie offers started to dry up.
After working with De Millee, Heddy only appeared in six more films, the last being "The Female Animal " in 1958.
Heddy's declining years were accompanied by trouble and heartache at home.
Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Heddy got married and then divorced three more times.
The wild spending, the box office bombs and the divorce lawyer bills left the once glamorous star financially ruined.
In 1965, she confessed to a fan "I have no idea where my next meal is coming from and some days I go hungry."
In 1966, she had the chance to return to the screen with the horror "Picture Mummy Dead" but she first failed to show up on set.
And when she did, she collapsed due to exhaustion.
In February, she was fired from the production.
The year 1966 was the start of a series of curious appearances in court .
Earlier that January, she'd been arrested for shoplifting.
However, the judge found her innocent and released her.
In the following years, she appeared in court again and again.
This time, as the plaintiff, first she sued the ghostwriters who had penned her 1966 autobiography "Ecstasy and me" and accused them of inventing scandalous details and lurid stories.
Then in 1974, she dragged to court comedy legend Mel Brooks, guilty of naming a character Hedy Lamarr in her "Blazing Saddles" .
Apparently, Brooks was amused by the attention and agreed to settle out of court.
Next up were the newspapers, San Francisco Chronicle and the National Enquirer.
The chronicle the dead publishing the photo of a two-headed goat called Hedy Lamar while the latter claimed that the once star had become "a pathetic recluse...old and ugly".
By the 1990s, Hedy was living in a small flat in Miami supporting herself with a social security check and a screen actors guild pension.
She was arrested again for shoplifting in 1991 and this time she was sentenced to a year of probation.
In April, 1998, Heddy found the energy to file her final lawsuit against software company Corel Corp.
Her photo had been used without permission on the cover of CoralDRAW.
Hedwig Kiesler better known as Hedy Lamarr, died on the 19th of January 2000 in Casselberry, Flotida.
Up to the end, she kept coming up with new inventions a fluorescent dog collar, a type of new traffic light and even improvements for the concorde.
In her last years, Heddy had become obsessed with plastic surgery.
Some say she was attempting to recreate her long gone beauty. True?
Heddy owed her success and film career to her looks but deep inside she despised them.
In her autobiography, she wrote "My face has been by misfortune...It has attracted all the wrong people into my boudoir and brought me tragedy and heartache for five decades."
"My face is a mask I cannot remove. I must always live with it. I curse it."
Perhaps, that's what she wanted to do through surgery, punish and erase the face that had distracted the world from her true talents.
A gift for innovation, invention and inexhaustible lust for life.
She once said "When I die, I want on my gravestone: 'thank you very much for a colorful life' .
The actual quote in our gravestone represents much better Heady's world view and achievements.
"Films have a certain place in a certain time period. technology is forever."
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