Algiers actress Hedy Lamarr was one of the most fascinating women to emerge from the golden age of cinema. Known for her striking beauty and often talked about for her portrayal of one of Hollywood’s first nude scenes, Lamarr was a much more complex woman than the studio moguls painted her as. The glamor icon takes us through her colorful life, from inventing a radio system to evade Nazi torpedoes during WWII to her more reclusive years in Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, a new documentary from Zeitgeist Films. We look at ten interesting facts about the Hollywood star and scientific inventor that you might not know.
The greatest Hedy Lamarr factoid most people didn’t realize before but are finally starting to learn about is that she was a true science wiz and wireless communications pioneer. According to Famous Women Inventors, “the ‘spread spectrum’ technology that Lamarr helped to invent would galvanize the digital communications boom, forming the technical backbone that makes cellular phones, fax machines and other wireless operations possible.” So basically, we can all thank her for the WiFi we’re currently using to read this.