Hedy Lamarr (1913-2000) was an actress during the Golden Age of Hollywood movies. During the height of her fame, she was one of the major talents at MGM and was once referred to as the "most beautiful woman in Europe." Her most notable role was arguably as Delilah in Cecil B. DeMille's Samson and Delilah. Besides her beauty and acting talents, she was also a mathematician and inventor. She helped create and holds the patent (along with composer George Antheil) for a secret communication system, which is a pre-computer wireless communication that uses a piano roll for frequency hopping. Though underutilized when first created, the patent later served as a basis for communication devices like blue tooth. To read more about Hedy's life, check out one of her biographies. If you would like to see her in action, check out one of her movies from the library!
This entry is part of MPL's National Women's History Month.