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Hedy Lamarr

Hedy Lamarr


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Also Known As: Died: January 18, 2000
Born: November 9, 1913 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Austria Profession: Cast ...


Lamarr and composer George Anthiel received a patent for an idea they had to aid the war effort. It was a "secret communications technique" that would allow for control of armed torpedoes over long distances without detection by an enemy or without jamming. The technology was a precursor of spread-spectrum communications that is utilized in such items as cellular phones and microprocessors. Lamarr and Antheil received a 1997 EFF Pioneer Award for their efforts.

Cecil B. Demille reportedly had trouble filming Lamarr because of her limited knowledge of English and inability to emote on screen: "The only consolation . . . was she was convincingly alluring and that she could be relied on to remember her lines." --Charles Higham in his book "Cecil B. DeMille" (from FILM DOPE, Volume 32)

Lamarr's revenge came years later in a FILMS IN REVIEW interview when she implied that DeMille lusted after her feet. --from FILM DOPE, Volume 32

"When I die," Lamarr once told a friend, summing up her devil-may-care life, "I want on my gravestone: 'Thank you very much for a colorful life.'" --From her obituary in LOS ANGELES TIMES, January 20, 2000

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