Hedy Lamarr

28 07 2012

Hedy Lamarr was an Austrian-American actress. Though known primarily for her extraordinary beauty and her celebrity in a film career as a major contract star of MGM’s “Golden Age” Lamarr was also a scientist, inventor and mathematician who co-invented an early technique for spread spectrum communications; a key to many forms of wireless communication from the pre-computer age to the present day.

Ms. Lamarr might have been one of the most intelligent people in the United States when she was a star. She and her husband designed a machine to be used in torpedoes. (She despised the Nazis. All her efforts were directed toward defeating them.) The war department didn’t buy into it during the war. Her work on spread spectrum devices are now used in all computers. She never made a dime on any of her inventions.

Ms. Lamarr is most remembered for her movie career. Especially her nude scene in Ekstasy. She was also an author. She has said that she spent 20 million dollars during her life. An extraordinary woman.


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28 07 2012
Glennie Bee

What a woman. My unabashed girl-crush.

28 07 2012
David Halliday

She was a very interesting woman.

28 07 2012
Sam Flowers

Someone should make a film of her life and I don’t mean made for TV afternoon viewing!

28 07 2012
David Halliday

I was wondering myself if someone hadn’t written a screenplay about her. If I was younger I might look into doing a screen play. You could include espionage, sex, the movies, etc.

30 07 2012
Rob Walters

I’ve written a book about her (see http://www.robsbookshop.com/page35.html) and there are always rumours of a film. I do not think that she was the most intelligent woman in the USA but she was a star and she was bright.

30 07 2012
David Halliday

First let me complement you on your sight. Its “neat”. Haven’t used that word in decades. I would love to have met someone like Ms. Lamarr when I was a younger man. But alas…

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