- Studied acting with Max Reinhardt in Europe.
- Made her breakthrough in Ecstasy (1933), a controversial Czechoslovakian film in which she appeared nude.
- MGM's Louis B. Mayer offered her a contract and changed her last name to Lamarr, in honor of silent-film actress Barbara La Marr, whom he admired.
- Made her first American film, Algiers, in 1938.
- In 1942, she and composer George Antheil received a U.S. patent for a "secret communication system." It was initially meant for radio-guided torpedoes and languished for years, but when technology advanced, it became vital to the military and the cell-phone industry. The Professional Engineering Society honored them in 1996.
- Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960.
- Published an autobiography titled Ecstasy and Me: My Life as a Woman (1966), but later sued the publisher, claiming the ghostwriter distorted details about her life.
- After her death in Florida, her ashes were taken to her hometown of Vienna.
- James Lamarr Markey Loder — Son
- Anthony Loder — Son
- Gene Markey — Ex-husband
- John Loder — Ex-husband
- Teddy Stauffer — Ex-husband
- Fritz Mandl — Ex-husband
- Lewis W. Boles — Ex-husband
- Denise Loder DeLuca — Daughter
- Emil Kiesler — Father
- Fred Doederlein — Ex-fiancé
- Gertrud Kiesler — Mother
- Howard Lee — Ex-husband
- George Montgomery — Ex-fiancé
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