Last week, my wife and I saw the movie “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr story.” I had known she was some sort of early movie actress and I had some idea that she had some technological patents. It winds up she was a pretty interesting person. She was born in Austria and her first marriage (of 6) was to an Austrian munitions manufacturer. She did some early movies, but the most infamous was “Ecstasy” which contained nude scenes. It was regarded as artistic in Europe but banned in America. That seemed to have some impact on her career when she eventually moved here.
She accompanied her husband to business meetings where he conferred with people involved in military technology. That eventually led to some of her inventions. Her husband was very controlling and she fled both him and Hitler as Austria was absorbed by the Nazis and wound up in America.More