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Women in history – Hedy Lamarr

Actress – The most beautiful woman in the world

Hedy Lamarr Story

The Hedy Lamarr story begins in Austria. She was born as Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler on November 9, 1914 in Vienna, Austria. She started acting at the age of 17. She captured the eyes of Hollywood after the release of the 1932 German film Exstase. While she was able to move to Hollywood to be an actress she was typecasted immediately as a sex object.

During Lamarr’s life she was consistently underestimated because of her looks. She was notably called “the most beautiful woman in the world” and appeared in over 30 films. She was a true Hollywood star.

Women in History Hedy Lamarr

Inventor Hedy Lamarr – Technological Trailblazer

After filming she would tinker and invent. She was incredibly cunning and helped shaped the technology we use today.

She helped co-invent Frequency Hopping (fhss) which was used as a secret communication system by the US Navy during WWII against the Nazis. Frequency Hopping was the precursor to how wifi works today! Technology would not be what it is today without this woman. She was a technological trailblazer!

So picture this. You come up with literally a world changing invention but instead of the government praising the invention they instead tell you that your contribution to the war would be better served as a pinup girl. WTF… they eventually wised up and used her invention but come on.

During her lifetime the press always portrayed her as a sex kitten of her time and only wrote about her love life. She was so much more and never received real recognition to her contribution to science until after her death in 2000.

he is a women we all need to know and all need to admire. There was a documentary called Bombshell about her life…I encourage you to go watch it!

You can learn more about Hedy on her website.

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