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Hedy Lamarr

Actress and Inventor Hedy Lamarr

Profession: Actress and Inventor

United States of America

Biography: A contract star of MGM's Golden Age (Ecstasy, Samson & Delilah).

Mathematically talented she and composer George Antheil invented an early technique for spread spectrum communications and frequency hopping, used for wireless communication from the pre-computer age to the present day

Born: November 9, 1914
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria-Hungary

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Scorpio

Died: January 19, 2000 (aged 85)
Cause of Death: Heart failure

Married Life

  • 1933-08-10 Actress Hedy Lamarr (19) weds Hirtenberger Patronen-Fabrik chairman Friedrich Mandl (33)

Historical Events

  • 1949-12-21 "Samson and Delilah", directed and produced by Cecil B. DeMille, starring Hedy Lamarr and Victor Mature, premieres in New York
  • 1991-08-01 Actress Hedy Lamarr, aged 77 is arrested for shoplifting in Florida