"Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still & look stupid."
Hedy Lamarr (1914 - 2000)
Austrian Jewish actress Hedy Lamarr originally caused a scandal as a teenager when she appeared in cinema’s first-ever nude scene in 1933. At age 22, she escaped her first husband (an arms dealer who supplied fascist dictators) by disguising herself as a maid in order to run away. After leaving Europe, she went on to become a glamorous Hollywood legend.
Although famous for her beauty, Hedy Lamarr would help change the world with her brilliant mind. A genius inventor, she created a secret weapons communications system intended to defeat the Nazis in WWII. Dismissed & ignored at the time, her concept was eventually recognized decades later. Used not only for its military application, Hedy Lamarr’s invention would form the basis of WiFi, GPS & Bluetooth technology.