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Hedy Lamarr
Birth: Nov. 9, 1914
Vienna
Vienna (Wien), Austria
Death: Jan. 19, 2000
Altamonte Springs
Seminole County
Florida, USA

Actress. Daughter of a prominent Viennese banker, she gained notority as a teen for running through the woods nude in the 1933 Czech film "Ecstasy". She later married a wealthy arms manufacturer Fritz Mandl. After three years of marriage, and fearing the threat of Adolph Hitler, she left her husband and homeland of Austria in 1937. In London she met Louis B. Mayer of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Motion Picture Studios, who signed her to a contract, and sent her to Hollywood. At a dinner party given by Janet Gaynor, Hedy met composer George Antheil. Shortly after this meeting, Hedy Lamarr and Antheil invented and patented a secret communications system, U.S. Patent 2,292,387. The patent was applied for June 10, 1941, and received August 11th, 1942. The purpose of the system was to provide reliable and jam proof control of long range torpedoes. The system involved the use of the frequency hopping principles of Spread Spectrum radio. However it was 20 years before it was put to effective use by the United States Navy in torpedo guidance systems, and 40 years before it was permitted by the FCC to be used in commercial radios. (bio by: Bill Walker) 
 
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 Spouses:
  Gene Markey (1895 - 1980)*
  William Howard Lee (1908 - 1981)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Plot: Ashes scattered in the Austrian forest near Vienna.
 
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Record added: Mar 18, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 20841
Hedy Lamarr
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- Patty Valentino
 Added: Sep. 16, 2014

- Eileen
 Added: Sep. 14, 2014
Why Blazing Saddles, there really is a Hedy Lamarr. She was good looking.
- clem
 Added: Sep. 9, 2014
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