Hedy Lamarr lived a life like few others. Born in Austria-Hungary in 1914, she was an actress who made it big in Hollywood following an early-career scandal in a Czech erotica film. She also went on to achieve impressive feats as an inventor.
Hedy Lamarr: From Ecstasy Movie Star to Inventor
In her early career, Lamarr was at the centre of a notable obscenity scandal with 1933 Czech film Ecstasy. She later rose to stardom in Hollywood in the late 1930s and '40s, starring in films opposite actors such as Clark Gable, James Stewart, and George Sanders.
Around the time of her Hollywood breakthrough, Lamarr worked on inventions and co-invented a frequency-hopping spread spectrum—a naval war radio technology—during the WWII years. The technology has since been linked to the invention of WiFi.
She was married five times, some with noted stars, and even dated Howard Hawks for a period in the 1940s. Lamarr is also the subject of a forthcoming limited TV series with Gal Gadot portraying the actress-inventor.
In this gallery, we'll take a look back at Lamarr's fascinating career, from Ecstasy to her Hollywood films, personal life, and unique talent as an inventor. Enjoy!