Hedy Lamarr at 101: Google Doodle Honors Former 'World's Most Beautiful Woman,' Actress, and Inventor
Google Doodle honored Hedy Lamarr, the famous Hollywood actress and inventor, on Nov. 9, Monday in celebration of her supposed to be 101st birthday.
Lamarr, who dated equally popular figures of her time such as Jimmy Stewart, Spencer Tracy, and Clark Gable, was once hailed as "the world's most beautiful woman." The actress was also known for being an outstanding inventor who had contributed for the groundwork of modern technologies today, such as GPS, Bluetooth, and WiFi.
"Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid," Lamarr famously said.
Lamarr's acting career began in Europe. The Austrian actress regularly appeared onscreen in Cecille B. DeMille's 1940s' show, "Samson and Delilah."
One of her notable roles was in the film "Ecstasy," where she shocked fans and viewers for her scene where she was having an orgasm. It was said to be the first time in movie history. Lamarr allegedly had been through an abusive marriage, and her husband disagreed with her exposure in the film. Because of this, the actress decided to move to Hollywood where she landed several projects performing as the "exotic seductress."
However, Lamarr became bored with her Hollywood career and began to engage in the field of science and technology. She wanted to help in creating the communications system to block torpedoes from the Nazis. Her interest in military technology started during her first marriage to an arms dealer.
According to CNN report, during World War II, Lamarr's willingness to help in developing a 88-key piano based prevention device for signal torpedoes prompted her to team up with her composer neighbor George Antheil.
Lamarr and Antheil received the patent for the idea. In 2014, the two were inaugurated into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Their brilliant system was used for the modern wireless communications technology.
In honor of her memory, Google had an animated Doodle dedicated for her on Monday. The Doodle was created by Jennifer Hom who spent two months full-time working on it.
"She was very complicated and very accomplished at the same time." Hom told CNN. The doodle switches from the inventor Lamarr to movie actress character. "She was really curious and had an active intellect and she was always trying to learn. I like to think of her as superhero figure where you have a daytime personality and a nighttime personality," Hom added.
In 2000, Hedy Lamarr died at the age of 86 due to heart failure.