Hedy Lamarr Biography • Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler

Birthday:November 9, 1914Birthplace:Vienna, AustriaStar Sign:ScorpioProfession:Film ActressDied:January 19, 2000

Hedy Lamarr was an Austrian and American film actress and inventor. Lamarr appeared in numerous popular feature films, including Algiers (1938) with Charles Boyer, I Take This Woman (1940) with Spencer Tracy, Comrade X (1940) with Clark Gable, Come Live With Me (1941) with James Stewart, H.M. Pulham, Esq. (1941) with Robert Young, and Samson and Delilah (1949) with Victor Mature.

Lamarr was born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler in 1914 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary, the only child of Gertrud “Trude” Kiesler (née Lichtwitz; 1894–1977) and Emil Kiesler (1880–1935). Her father was born to a Jewish family in Lemberg (now Lviv in Ukraine) and was a successful bank director.

Hedy Lamarr

After an early and brief film career in Germany, which included a controversial love-making scene in the film Ecstasy (1933), she fled her husband and secretly moved to Paris. While there, she met MGM head Louis B. Mayer, who offered her a movie contract in Hollywood, where she became a film star from the late 1930s to the 1950s.

During her first marriage, Lamarr developed an interest in applied science and bored by her acting career, utilized this knowledge as an inventor. At the commencement of World War II, keen to aid the Allied war effort, she identified jamming of Allied radio communications by the Axis as a particular problem, and with composer George Antheil, developed spread spectrum and frequency hopping technology to defeat it.

Though the US Navy did not adopt the technology until the 1960s, the principles of her work are now incorporated into modern Wi-Fi, CDMA, and Bluetooth technology, and this work led to her being inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2014. On November 9th, 2015, the search engine Google displayed a Doodle celebrating her 101st birthday, this doodle also included a small film clip about her life.

Filmography

1989 Entertaining the Troops – Herself1977 That’s Action- Herself1965The Love Goddesses – Herself1957The Female Animal – Vanessa Windsor1957The Story of Mankind – Joan of Arc1954 Eterna femmina, L’1954 L’Amante di Paride – Hedy Windsor1951 My Favorite Spy – Lily Dalbray1950Copper Canyon Lisa Roselle1950 A Lady Without Passport – Marianne Lorress1949 Samson and Delilah – Delilah1948 Let’s Live a Little- Dr. J.O. Loring1947 Dishonored Lady – Madeleine Damien1946 The Strange Woman – Jenny Hager1945 Her Highness and the Bellboy – Princess Veronica1945 Experiment Perilous – Alida Bederaux1944The Conspirators- Irene Von Mohr1943The Heavenly Body – Vicky Whitley1942 Show Business at WarHerself1942 Tortilla Flat – Dolores Ramirez1942 Crossroads – Lucienne Talbot1941 White Cargo – Tondelayo1941 Come Live with MeJohnny Jones1941 Ziegfeld Girl – Sondra Kolter1940 H.M. Pulham, Esq. – Marvin Myles Ransome1940 Boom TownKaren Vanmeer1940 Comrade X Golubka1939 The Miracle of SoundHerself1939I Take This Woman – Georgi Gragore1939Lady of the Tropics – Manon deVargnes Carey1938 Algiers Gaby1932 EcstasyEva1931 Die Koffer des Herrn – O.F.Helene1931 Die Blumenfrau von Lindenau – Secretary1931 Man braucht kein – GeldKäthe Brandt1930 Geld auf der Straße- Young Girl at Night Club Tabl

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