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HEDY LAMARR (1914-2000) Algiers (1938), Ziegfeld Girl (1941), Samson and Delilah (1949). Considered by many as the most beautiful actress in the world, she's born Hedwig Eva Kiesler in Vienna (Austria). Her appearance in the Czech production Ecstasy caused an international sensation by appearing nude and simulating orgasm. She was hired by MGM. Her greatest success was Samson and Delilah of Cecil B. DeMille, but her career declined from that point. She left the screen in 1957.