Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler known as Hedy Lamarr was born on November 9, 1914 in Vienna, Austria. She starred in her first film at 17 years old and continued her film career by working on German and Czechoslovakian productions. The 1932 German film Exstase brought her to the attention of Hollywood producers and she soon signed a contract with MGM (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc).
Hedy Lamarr’s beauty and screen presence made her one of the most popular actresses of her day and she was often called “the most beautiful woman in films“!
Being a beautiful, talented actress was not enough for Hedy since she was also tremendously intelligent! In 1942, she and composer George Antheil patented what they called the “Secret Communication System” which the original idea meant to solve the problem of enemies blocking signals from radio-controlled missiles during World War II, involved changing radio frequencies simultaneously to prevent enemies from being able to detect the messages. And that’s how Hedy’s idea made the world meet both the Bluetooth and the WiFi technologies.
Here are names of some movies Hedy starred in opposite the most talented actors of the day in Hollywood:
- Algiers (her first Hollywood Film – 1938), opposite Charles Boyer
- Boom Town (1940), opposite Clark Gable
- Come Live With Me (1941), opposite Jimmy Stewart
- Tortilla Flat (1942), opposite Spencer Tracy
- Samson an Delilah (1949)
- The Female Animal (1957)
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