H Is For Hedy Lamarr

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I am an unashamed, card-carrying member of the Black and White Classic Movie Lovers Society.

No, it does not exist. I made that up.

However, I watch those movies because they embodied the true essence of screenwriting, writing techniques and film making.

So I have another secret.

My jaw dropped to the floor when I learned about Hedy Lamarr. Why? Well, because I thought she was just known to be this enthralling, captivating character on the silver screen. My earliest memory was seeing her play the role of charming Delilah in Samson and Delilah. She almost persuaded me that Delilah got a raw deal.

Before She Was Known As Hedy Lamarr

Hedwig Eva Kiesler was an Austrian-American actress who saw the world from a different perspective. Unlike other girls, she wanted to learn more about machines and their components. Based on her mother’s guidance, she studied ballet and piano. A successful acting career was not her only passion. She wanted to pursue those passions which others attempted to ignore.

Why We Should Credit Hedy Lamarr?

  • She did not listen to calls to reject her passion for science and technology.
  • Did you know she helped Howard Hughes design a new fleet of planes based on the study of the fastest birds and fish?
  • Among Hedy Lamarr’s inventions was a pill, which could be dissolved in water to create soda.
  • Along with her colleague George Antheil, Hedy Lamarr invented a system referred to as “frequency hopping”. Their application for a patent was accepted but received an uneasy reaction from the military. They did not like the idea.
  • Lamarr did not receive any monetary compensation for her invention. She was recognised in 1997 with the Pioneer Award and was the first woman to receive the Invention Convention’s Bulbie Gnass Spirit of Achievement Award.
  • Ms. Lamarr deserves the honor of being called the “Mother of Wi-Fi”, wireless and bluetooth communication.

Yes, I sure learned my lesson. Thank you, Ms. Lamarr.

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