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Hedy Lamarr Biography

Birth Name:
Hedwig Eva Marie Kiesler
Birth Place:
Vienna, Austria

Fast Facts

  • 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