Hedy Lamarr, whose real name was Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler, was born in Vienna in 1915. Forced into an arranged marriage at the age of eighteen, Hedy soon learned that her husband was making secret plans to sell Hitler weapons. As her husband became more and more controlling, she began to make escape plans. She supposedly drugged (by slipping three sleeping pills into her coffee) the maid that had been ordered to ‘look after her’. Then she took the maid’s dress, put it on, and walked out of the service entrance, making her way down the road to freedom.
Hedy managed to get to London, and later signed a film contract with MGM, making several successful films in Hollywood.
During World War II, Hedy Lamarr, who was not only a talented and beautiful actress, but also an inventor, and George Antheil discussed the fact that radio-controlled torpedoes, while important in the naval war, could easily be jammed by broadcasting interference at the frequency of the control signal, causing the torpedo to go off course. Hedy and Antheil came up with the idea of using frequency hopping to avoid jamming, by using a piano roll to unpredictably change the signal sent between a control center and the torpedo at short bursts.
Hedy’s and Antheil’s frequency-hopping idea is the basis for some modern technology, including Bluetooth, COFDM (used in Wi-Fi), and CDMA (used in some cordless and wireless telephones).
What a woman! Much more intelligent than beautiful. And she was an incredibly beautiful woman.
Many kudos. Keep telling your girls that they can be smart and intelligent while being beautiful.