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Hedy Lamarr

Hedy Lamarr: Actress

Hedy Lamarr once said, "Any girl can look glamorous.  All you have to do is stand still and look stupid."

She was born in Austria in 1913 and began her film career in Germany, eventually starring in the film "Ecstasy" which included a nude scene.  Her husband at the time, arms manufacturer, Friedrich Mandl, was outraged and tried to prevent her from pursuing her film career.  Instead Mandle forced her to attend his business meetings, where the brilliant Lamarr learned the rudiments of arms technology.  Although Mandl was part Jewish, he collaborated with the Nazis.  Lamarr finally fled disguised as a servant, escaping to London, where she met Louis B. Mayer.  He signed her and she changed her name to Lamarr.  Hedy made many hit films in Hollywood, including AlgiersWhite Cargo, Tortilla Flat, and Samson and Delilah

Hedy Lamarr:  Inventor

While best known as an actress, Hedy was also an inventor. Together with composer George Antheil, she co-invented an early form of wireless communication, the Frequency-Hopping Spread Spectrum Invention.  This device was eventually used  by the United States during the U.S. military blockade of Cuba.  The Spectrum Invention was also the basis for  our modern WiFi networking. 

Perhaps a victim of her beauty, Hedy once tried to join the National Inventors Council during the Second World War, but was told that it would be better if she just helped sell War Bonds.   Toward the end of her life she was finally honored by a number of companies for her work in science. 

The photographer of this picture was male.

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