Hedy Lamarr: Birthday

American actress
Born: November 9, 1914
Died: January 19, 2000

Hedy Lamarr, born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler on November 9, 1914, was an Austrian-born American actress and inventor. She gained international recognition for her beauty and acting talent during Hollywood’s Golden Age. Lamarr’s career began in Czechoslovakia and Austria, where she starred in the controversial film “Ecstasy” (1933). She then moved to the United States in 1937, signing with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), where she became a leading lady in films like “Algiers” (1938) and “Samson and Delilah” (1949).

Beyond her cinematic achievements, Lamarr possessed a brilliant mind and a passion for inventing. During World War II, she, along with composer George Antheil, developed a frequency-hopping signal for radio-controlled torpedoes. This pioneering technology, which later laid the groundwork for spread-spectrum communication and wireless technologies, was patented in 1942 but not widely recognized until decades later.

Lamarr’s contributions to technology were acknowledged posthumously, and in 2014, she was posthumously inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Her legacy remains a testament to the fusion of glamour and intellect, marking her as both an iconic Hollywood star and an innovative inventor. Hedy Lamarr passed away on January 19, 2000, leaving behind a lasting impact on both the entertainment industry and technological innovation.

Hedy Lamarr’s 5 most popular quotes

  • I’m a sworn enemy of convention. I despise the conventional in anything, even the arts.
  • Because you don’t live near a bakery doesn’t mean you have to go without cheesecake.
  • I know why most people never get rich. They put the money ahead of the job. If you just think of the job, the money will automatically follow. This never fails.
  • I don’t fear death because I don’t fear anything I don’t understand. When I start to think about it, I order a massage and it goes away.
  • I advise everybody not to save: spend your money. Most people save all their lives and leave it to somebody else. Money is to be enjoyed.
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