12 Things you need to know about
Actress & Inventor Hedy Lamarr
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Hedy Lamarr was born on 9 November, 1913, in Austria-Hungary. Her real name was Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler.
Hedy was an Australian-American film actress of the Golden Age (1920s–60s) of Hollywood.
Due to her beauty and eye-catching on-screen presence, she was also referred as one of the greatest movie actresses of all time.
Hedy was also an inventor; during World War II, she co-developed a frequency-hopping system for wireless communication.
Lamarr has been interested in acting and theatre since she was a child, and at the age of 12, she won a beauty contest in Vienna.
At the age of 16, Hedy made her screen debut as an extra in the 1930 Rom-Com film "Money on the Street."
In 1933, she played the lead in the film "Ecstasy." Her film got worldwide recognition after winning an award at the Venice Film Festival.
Her film "Ecstasy" became controversial and was banned in America and Germany due to the nudity and overly sexual scenes.
From 1933 to 1965, Hedy was married six times. She first married at the age of 18. She also had 3 children.
During her career, Lamarr appeared in more than 30 films. Some of her well-known movies include "Samson and Delilah," "Boom Town," "Comrade X," & "Ecstasy."
She also wrote her autobiography, titled "Ecstasy and Me: My Life as a Woman." Her autobiography was first published in 1966.
Hedy Lamarr passed away on January 19, 2000. She was 85 years old at the time of her death.
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