Somehow or other, we have come to think of glamor as the hothouse of variety of beauty. But Hedy Lamarr, the no.1 glamor girl of the films, follows a program based on the conviction that health is the surest road to beauty, and that there is nothing more alluring than a sturdy, outdoor freshness!
It seems strange to find the lovely Miss Lamarr is an outdoor girl. I might aswell own up that I had secretly regarded her as a bit of a softie - but the way she can hop a fence has changed my opinion and increased my respect. She is as light footed as a little boy accustomed to playing leap frog. Although hopping a fence is her favorite stunt for keeping a slim waist, you will be relieved to know that her regular exercise is more conventional. She likes gardening - and doesn't confine herself to bossing the gardener. There is nothing like transplanting a few hundred seedlings, she says, to give your muscles a general workout. Every morning that she is not required at the studio is spent working in her garden.
What about the sun and that peaches and cream complexion?
She lets the sun beat directly on her face for 10 minutes a day, but then she protects her skin with a large straw hat. She is a soap and water baby! She believes in washing her face night and morning with pure castile soap, rubbing the thick lather in and massaging it briskly with an up and out motion. The water for this treatment is hot. The soap is then rinsed off with warm water and she finished off with a dash of cold - just as it comes from the tap.
Because Miss Lamarr think cream bases give a madeup appearance, she avoids them as much as possible and uses a hand lotion as a foundation. After working at the studio, she removes makeup with mineral oil, washes her face thoroughly, pats on the hand lotion -- and leaves off powder for the ride home. She think screen work puts enough strain on the skin and at least one day a week goes without makeup of any kind.
Her cosmetic tip is to be careful in choosing the right powder for your coloring; she observes that women are apt to be too casual in this respect, and that the wrong shade throws the coloring of the eyes off. You might remember that the next time you replenish your supply of powder.
Miss Lamarr's hair, which is remarkable even in Hollywood for its lovely, burnished look, receives the same old-fashioned treatment as her skin. She shaves pure soap into warm water and brings it to a boil, then uses this for her shampoo. But first she massages her scalp with odorless castor oil which is rinsed out with cold water - warm water turns the oil grummy - before the soapy lather is massaged into the scalp. She pushes a wave into place, wraps her hair in a towel and allows it to dry naturally. Eversince she was a tiny girl she has made a habit of brushing her hair each night before retiring. She doesn't count the strokes, she just gives her hair a good, thorough brushing.
There's just one more thing that she does - but it is probably one that you don't do! She gets up in time to walk for three-quarters of an hour each morning before breakfast. She walks at a brisk pace and takes the hills in high. That, together with the gardening, keeps her measurements perfect. Here they are: Bust 33½ inches, Waist: 25¾ inches, and Hips: 35¼ inches.
Glamor is such an intangible thing that it's really a relief to discover that Hedy Lamarr's secrets are soap and water and activity in the sun and air!
© The Milwaukee Sentinel - Jan 31, 1941
Written by Ida Jean Kain