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    Hedy Lamarr, actress and INVENTOR!
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    Hedy Lamarr (under her then-married name of Hedy Kiesler Markey) and composer George Antheil received U.S. Patent 2,292,387 for their Secret Communication System on August 11, 1942. This early version of frequency hopping used a piano roll to change between 88 frequencies and was intended to make radio-guided torpedoes harder for enemies to detect or jam. This idea was controversial and ahead of its time and technology. The technology was not implemented until 1962, when it was used by U.S. military ships during a blockade of Cuba,[2] after the patent had expired. Neither Lamarr nor Antheil made any money from the patent. Perhaps due to this lag in development, the patent was little-known until 1997, when the Electronic Frontier Foundation gave Lamarr an award[3] for this contribution.

    Lamarr's frequency-hopping idea served as the basis for modern spread-spectrum communication technology used in devices ranging from cordless telephones to WiFi Internet connections. The technology in particular that is often attributed to her and George Antheil is CDMA.[4]

    Lamarr wanted to join the National Inventors Council but she was told that she could better help the war effort by using her celebrity status to sell War Bonds. She once raised $7,000,000 at just one event.

    In 2003, the Boeing corporation ran a series of recruitment ads featuring Hedy Lamarr as a woman of science. No reference to her film career was made in the ads.

    In 2005, the first Inventor's Day in German-speaking countries was held in her honor on November 9, on what would have been her 92nd birthday.

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    Very exotic looking, and a tragic life story.

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    She's really beautiful. She looks a little like Vivien Leigh.
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    She is one of my favorites. Gorgeous.

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    I have always thought she was beautiful!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pacific breeze View Post
    Very exotic looking, and a tragic life story. personified, with an intelligence to match. Can you give us a brief synopsis of her tragic history. I know nothing about it. This was a first time for me to hear that.

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    Hedy Lamarr quotes:

    "Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid."
    "It is easier for women to succeed in business, the arts, and politics in America than in Europe."
    "Films have a certain place in a certain time period. Technology is forever."
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    gosh i would love to have her lips - truly gorgeous!
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