Hedy Lamarr

  • Birth Name: Hedwig Eva Marie Kiesler
  • Birth Place: Vienna, Austria
  • Died: January 19, 2000
  • Profession: Actor
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  • 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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