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Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler, 1914 - 2000 Arriving in Paris in 1937, Hedy soon met Louis B. Mayer, cofounder of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Mayer persuaded Hedy to change her name and she chose "Lamarr" after the popular silent film actress Barbara La Marr. He took her to Hollywood in 1938 where he began to promote her as the "World's Most Beautiful Woman" and modelled her after Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich. Hedy's American debut was in the film "Algiers" which caused a national sensation on…

Hedy Lamarr by George Hurrell, 1938

Hedy Lamarr: Movie star, inventor of WiFi

Hedy Lamarr. Actress who married the 3rd richest man in Austria, left him for Hollywood, and then developed "frequency-hopping" technology for WWII.

"My mother always called me an ugly weed, so I never was aware of anything until I was older. Plain girls should have someone telling them they are beautiful. Sometimes this works miracles." Hedy Lamarr

Hedy Lamarr, 1942

HEDY LAMARR (1914-2000) Algiers (1938), Ziegfeld Girl (1941), Samson and Delilah (1949). Considered by many as the most beautiful actress in the world, she's born Hedwig Eva Kiesler in Vienna (Austria). Her appearance in the Czech production Ecstasy caused an international sensation by appearing nude and simulating orgasm. She was hired by MGM. Her greatest success was Samson and Delilah of Cecil B. DeMille, but her career declined from that point. She left the screen in 1957.