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How Actress Hedy Lamarr Became the Inventor Responsible for Your Wi-Fi Connection

Lauren Grace
April 26, 2021

Today, wireless communication is something we tend to take for granted. Most of us probably have no idea how our Bluetooth devices, cell phones, and Wi-Fi networks function. It might surprise you to know that the technology behind them was invented during WWII by a talented actor and an avant-garde pianist.

By 1940, Hedy Lamarr’s stunning looks and captivating sensuality had made her one of the most sought-after stars in the United States. On the outside, she embodied the style of a classic Hollywood bombshell, from a glamorous persona to an almost stereotypical slew of failed marriages. On the inside, Lamarr was a brilliant inventor who longed to contribute to the war effort as Nazi submarines dominated the Atlantic.

‘The most beautiful woman in the world’

It was movie mogul Louis B. Mayer who gave actor Hedwig Kiesler that title and the name Lamarr after she signed on with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1937. The Austrian-born beauty was blessed with raven hair, a shapely figure, and striking eyes that reportedly varied in color from hazel to bluish-green. According to The Guardian, actor George Sanders described her as “so beautiful that everybody would stop talking when she came into a room.”

Lamarr was discovered by Max Reinhardt and attended acting classes at his drama school in Berlin. “I had heard father and mother speak of the wonderful Max Reinhardt, so I hurried that day to his theatre,” Lamarr is quoted as saying on IMDb. “I stood in the back and watched his pupils rehearse. Then an elderly man approached me. He said almost gruffly, ‘I don’t like to have people stare at my work. If you must watch, at least join in with the rest.’ I was petrified. Too scared to move. But I did. I was assigned several lines. Later I asked who he was. He was the celebrated theatrical producer, Max Reinhardt, himself.”

She began appearing in German films at the age of 16. At 18 she gained international fame and notoriety as the adulterous wife of an older man in the 1933 Czechoslovakian film, Ecstasy. The movie was considered shocking and controversial because Lamarr appeared nude and in the first sex scene in film history, according to Marie Claire. She worked in 35 films over the course of her 28-year acting career and is best known today for her sultry performance in Cecil B. DeMille’s 1949 blockbuster, Sampson and Delilah, which won two Oscars.

The brilliant mind of Hollywood legend Hedy Lamarr

PBS NewsHour
Mar 10, 2018

The actress Hedy Lamarr captivated audiences during the 1930s and 1940s in films like “Algiers” and “Ziegfeld Girl,” and became known as an iconic beauty. “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story,” a new documentary, showcases her overlooked achievements in technology, including her work on an invention that helped form the basis for Wi-Fi. NewsHour Weekend’s Megan Thompson spoke to Alexandra Dean, director of the film, which airs May 18 on American Masters.

Lamarr invents a secret torpedo guidance system

How Hedy Lamarr Developed a Secret Communications System

American Masters PBS
May 14, 2018

The breakdown behind Hedy Lamarr’s frequency hopping technology

Learn what inspired Hedy Lamarr to create frequency hopping, a type of secure radio communication to help combat the Nazis in World War II.

Wow! Who knew!

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Congratulations ingenuity

r/PerseveranceRover

Posted by
u/hasoni1111
2 hours ago

Congratulations Ingenuity

Ginny Flies!

I am so happy to see this, the first controlled flight on another planet. Stunningly cool!

 

Ginny

r/PerseveranceRover

Posted by
u/thishasntbeeneasy
3 hours ago

Ginny flies on April 12 at 7:30 a.m. UTC (3:30 a.m. EDT)

thishasntbeeneasy
3 hours ago

Watch NASA TV live from NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory on April 12 at 3:30 a.m. EDT (7:30 a.m. UTC) as mission teams receive the first data signals from this historic test: go.nasa.gov/3uBJkl9

OMG YAY!!!

 

Surfer training

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Posted by
u/taylornikolai
16 hours ago

Hawaiian Surfer training for large waves by carrying a 50lb stone underwater.

This is so awesome. I remember posting this a few years ago.

 

Debbie Davies – Done Sold Everything – Don Odell’s Legends.mov

Don Odell
Dec 29, 2012

Debbie Davies and her band stopped by Don Odells Legends Studios in Palmer Ma. this fall . Seen here doing “Done Sold Everything”…Please check out other shows by Walter Trout, Chris Duarte, Jimmy Thackery, Joe Louis Walker, Ana Popovic, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Nighthawks and many more and by subscribing you can be automatically notified of new vide.os when uploaded.Audio recorded and mixed by Jayce De Santis of Soundstream Media, Northampton, MA

Sweet.

 

Marilyn Monroe as Sugar
 
Marilyn Monroe as Sugar
 
Marilyn Monroe as Sugar
 
Marilyn Monroe as Sugar
 
Marilyn Monroe as Sugar
 
Marilyn Monroe as Sugar

Marilyn Monroe as Sugar – Some Like it Hot (1959) dir. Billy Wilder

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