It would be as if Angelina Jolie had invented Google: Hedy Lamarr, in the 1930's and 40's was considered the "most beautiful woman in the world," but in her spare time, from making hit movies, gave us the technology that we still use today in our cell phones, GPS devices and in Bluetooth. A woman of brains and beauty, Hedy Lamarr was a true Renascence woman.Richard Rhodes captures her story in Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr.
Hedy Lamarr born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler on November 9, 1913 in Vienna, Austria. She was often called “The Most Beautiful Woman in Films” and was a major contract star at MGM. Lamarr died in Casselberry, Florida on January 19, 2000, aged 86. Her son Anthony Loder, in accordance with her last wishes, took her ashes to Austria and spread them in the Vienna Woods.