Hedwig, who obviously became Hedy, had a rather calm childhood, but it was cinema that fascinated her. [100][101], In 2014, Lamarr and Antheil were posthumously inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame for frequency-hopping spread spectrum technology. Endeavor Content serves as the studio on “Hedy Lamarr,” which will join a growing lineup on … Lamarr was signed to act in the 1966 film Picture Mommy Dead,[50] but was let go when she collapsed during filming from nervous exhaustion. In 1948, she tried a comedy with Robert Cummings, called Let's Live a Little. I was like a thing, some object of art which had to be guarded—and imprisoned—having no mind, no life of its own.[29]:28–29. [113], In 2013, her work in improving wireless security was part of the premiere episode of the Discovery Channel show How We Invented the World. Hedy Lamarr, the Austrian-born actress whose exotic glamour and sex appeal sparked a string of hit films of the '30s and '40s, was found dead in her home Wednesday. [76][77] With her eyesight failing, Lamarr retreated from public life and settled in Miami Beach, Florida, in 1981. Hedy made her American film debut as Gaby in Algiers (1938). It won accolades from critics. [40], Lamarr also had a penchant for speaking about herself in the third person. [21] Granowsky soon moved to Paris, but Kiesler stayed in Berlin to work. [34] MGM promptly reteamed Lamarr and Gable in Comrade X (1940), a comedy film in the vein of Ninotchka (1939), which was another hit. Von Sternberg was fired during the shoot, and replaced by Frank Borzage. She was billed as the world's most beautiful woman. Her daughter's godmother was Bette Davis. At the preview in Prague, sitting next to the director, when she saw the numerous close-ups produced with telephoto lenses, she screamed at him for tricking her. On August 10, 1933, at the age of 18, Kiesler married Mandl, then 33. He was the absolute monarch in his marriage. The 2004 documentary film Calling Hedy Lamarr features her children, Anthony Loder and Denise Loder-DeLuca. During World War II, the Office of Strategic Services invented a pyrotechnic device meant to help agents operating behind enemy lines to escape if capture seemed imminent. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002. You may opt-out by. The patent she filed with co-inventor George Antheil aimed to protect their war-time invention for radio communications to ‘hop’ from one frequency to another, so that Allied torpedoes couldn’t be detected by the Nazis. Her off-screen life and personality during those years was quite different from her screen image. It's the story of a young girl who is married to a gentleman much older than she, but she winds up falling in love with a young soldier. Finding her marriage to Mandl eventually unbearable, Kiesler decided to flee her husband as well as her country. Stewart was also featured in Ziegfeld Girl (1941), in which Lamarr, Judy Garland, and Lana Turner played aspiring showgirls; it was a big success.[34]. She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6247 Hollywood Blvd. [121], In 2018, actress Alyssa Sutherland portrayed Lamarr on the NBC television series Timeless in the third episode of the second season, titled "Hollywoodland". Introduced to husband John Loder by Bette Davis. 4. [83][84], In the last decades of her life, Lamarr communicated only by telephone with the outside world, even with her children and close friends. Friedrich Otto's account says that she persuaded Mandl to let her wear all of her jewelry for a dinner party where the influential austrofascist Ernst Stahremberg attended, then disappeared afterward. [40] They drafted designs for the frequency-hopping system, which they patented. . She was part of 30 films in an acting career spanning 28 years, and co-invented an early version of frequency-hopping spread spectrum. Author Richard Rhodes describes her assimilation into American culture: Of all the European émigrés who escaped Nazi Germany and Nazi Austria, she was one of the very few who succeeded in moving to another culture and becoming a full-fledged star herself. This proved to be Paramount Pictures' most profitable movie to date, bringing in $12 million in rental from theaters. She conceived an idea and contacted her friend, composer and pianist George Antheil, to help her implement it. Friends had said she ws legally blind and did not venture out on her own. 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