Hedy Lamarr, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death

    

Hedy Lamarr

Austrian-American actress and co-inventor of an early technique for spread spectrum communications and frequency hopping

Date of Birth: 09-Nov-1914

Place of Birth: Vienna, Austria

Date of Death: 19-Jan-2000

Profession: scientist, screenwriter, actor, inventor, film actor, autobiographer

Nationality: United States, Austria

Zodiac Sign: Scorpio


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About Hedy Lamarr

  • Hedy Lamarr (), born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler (November 9, 1914 – January 19, 2000), was an Austrian-born American film actress and inventor who in 2014 was posthumously inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
  • After a brief early film career in Czechoslovakia, including the controversial Ecstasy (1933), she fled from her husband, a wealthy Austrian ammunition manufacturer, and secretly moved to Paris.
  • Traveling to London, she met Louis B.
  • Mayer, head of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) studio, who offered her a movie contract in Hollywood.
  • She became a star with her performance in Algiers (1938), her first film made in the United States.
  • Her MGM films include Lady of the Tropics (1939), Boom Town (1940), H.M.
  • Pulham, Esq.
  • (1941), and White Cargo (1942).
  • Her greatest success was as Delilah in Cecil B.
  • DeMille's Samson and Delilah (1949).
  • She also acted on television before the release of her final film, The Female Animal (1958).
  • She was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960.At the beginning of World War II, Lamarr and composer George Antheil developed a radio guidance system for Allied torpedoes, intended to use frequency-hopping spread spectrum technology to defeat the threat of jamming by the Axis powers.
  • Although the US Navy did not adopt the technology until the 1960s, various spread-spectrum techniques are incorporated into Bluetooth technology and are similar to methods used in legacy versions of Wi-Fi.
  • Recognition of the value of this work resulted in the pair being inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2014.

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