Hedy Lamarr

Actress + Inventor
Born Nov 9, 1914

Hedy Lamarr was an Austrian-American actress, celebrated for her great beauty, who was a major contract star of MGM's "Golden Age". When she worked with Max Reinhardt in Berlin, he called her the "most beautiful woman in Europe" due to her "strikingly dark exotic looks", a sentiment widely shared by her audiences and critics.… Read More

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1914 Birth Lamarr was born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler in 1914 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary, the only child of Gertrud "Trude" Kiesler (née Lichtwitz; 3 February 1894 – 27 February 1977) and Emil Kiesler (27 December 1880 – 14 February 1935). … Read More


1933 18 Years Old 1 More Event
In early 1933, at age 18, she starred in Gustav Machatý's film, Ecstasy (Ekstase in German, Extase in Czech), which was filmed in Prague, Czechoslovakia. … Read More


1937 22 Years Old After escaping her estranged husband, she fled to Paris in 1937, where she met Louis B. Mayer, who was scouting for talent in Europe. … Read More
1938 23 Years Old He brought Hedy to Hollywood in 1938 and began promoting her as the "world's most beautiful woman." … Read More
1940 25 Years Old Lamarr made 18 films from 1940 to 1949 and also had two children during that time (in 1945 and 1947).
1941 26 Years Old Lamarr was married and divorced six times. She adopted a son, James, in 1941, during her second marriage to Gene Markey. … Read More
1942 27 Years Old Their invention was granted a patent on 11 August 1942 (filed using her married name Hedy Kiesler Markey). Yet, it was technologically difficult to implement, and the U.S. Navy was not receptive to considering inventions coming from outside the military at the time. Only in 1962, at the time of the Cuban missile crisis, did an updated version of their design appear on Navy ships. … Read More


1945 30 Years Old After leaving MGM in 1945, she enjoyed her biggest success as Delilah in Cecil B. DeMille's Samson and Delilah, the highest-grossing film of 1949, with Victor Mature as the Biblical strongman. … Read More
1950 35 Years Old She appeared only sporadically in films after 1950, one of her last roles being that of Joan of Arc in Irwin Allen's critically panned epic, The Story of Mankind (1957). … Read More
1953 38 Years Old Lamarr became a naturalized citizen of the United States on 10 April 1953, at age 38.


1965 50 Years Old Following her sixth and final divorce in 1965, Hedy Lamarr remained single for the last 35 years of her life.
1966 51 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1966, she was arrested for shoplifting in Los Angeles. … Read More
1974 59 Years Old …  In 1974, she filed an invasion of privacy lawsuit for US$10 million for an unauthorized use of her name (i.e. "Hedley Lamarr" in Mel Brooks' comedy film Blazing Saddles); the case was settled out of court.


1981 66 Years Old With failing eyesight, she retreated from public life and settled in Miami Beach, Florida, in 1981.
1997 82 Years Old For several years beginning in 1997, the boxes of CorelDRAW’s software suites were graced by a large Corel-drawn image of Lamarr. … Read More
2000 85 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Lamarr left James Loder out of her will and he sued for control of the US$3.3 million estate left by Lamarr in 2000. … Read More
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