On this day (November 9), 1914, in Vienna (Austria), Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler, better known as Hedy Lamarr, was born.
Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler was an actress known for Hedy Lamar and was also an inventor who created the first version of spread spectrum that would allow long distance wireless communications.
The life of Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler was really a movie. Her teachers considered her gifted. She began engineering studies at the age of 16, although she left three years later to dedicate herself to cinema.
her Soon after, she appears in a film called Ecstasy (1933) in a completely nude sequence (the first nude in a commercial film). The magnate of the arms industry Friedrich Mandl notices her for that movie.
Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler and Friedrich Mandl were married against her will but with the consent and agreement of her parents. She comments that that time was very bad. He did not leave her alone and forced her to accompany him everywhere. She took the opportunity to study engineering again and to obtain information on her husband's meetings with businessmen, politicians... taking advantage of the fact that her husband was from the arms industry and was closely related to Hitler and Mussolini (whom he was a personal friend of).
In 1937 she managed to escape from her husband in a movie escape plan. There are two versions. The first is that she ended up escaping through the window of a restaurant where a car was waiting for her and she ended up being chased by her husband's bodyguards. The second, which appeared in her memories, is that she disguised herself as her assistant (who was new and looked like her) to whom administered a sleeping pill.
she Be that as it may, she ran away to London. There she managed to contact Metro Golding Meyer and continue a successful film career.
Together with her film career and because of the horror of the Nazi and fascist regime that she had closely observed due to her relationship with her husband, she wanted to contribute to the allied side by giving information that she had (and that she had obtained in the meetings she attended as her husband's companion) and developing military technology.
she Together with George Antheil (composer and pianist) they obtained a patent for their "secret communication system" based on an early version of frequency hopping.
This patent was designed to help guide torpedoes to prevent them from being intercepted but at the time it was not applied because a deeper change in torpedo technology needed to be made; from a mechanical guide to an electronic one.
After the war, this technology was used in various military projects. Later it has been used in civil projects such as Bluetooth and later WiFi versions.
Really, Hedy Lamar had a movie life.
- You are the most beautiful woman I know
- Why do I look pretty in my movies?
- what movies?
- don't you know my movies?
- well I'm a famous actress
- so why do you say I'm beautiful?
- isn't it you who created the spread spectrum?
- well that seems beautiful to me
- yes, and it had to be done by a beautiful person
- thank you