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Hedy Lamarr’s World War II Adventure
NYTimes ^ | December 15, 2011 | JOHN ADAMS

Posted on 12/20/2011 9:27:15 PM PST by Tex-Con-Man

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Hedy Lamarr avoided the celebrity party circuit, preferring small gatherings with close friends. At home she set up a drafting table and devoted her downtime to inventions, including a bouillon-like cube that when mixed with water would produce an instant soft drink. It was at a dinner at the home of the actress Janet Gaynor in 1940 that she met George ­Antheil.

According to Antheil’s autobiography, “Bad Boy of Music,” Hedy requested the meeting because she had read one of his Esquire articles about glands. This was Hollywood, and the most beautiful woman in the world was concerned about her breast size. Could Mr. Antheil help? A friendship began that evening, kindled by the encounter of two imaginative and inventive minds...

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What drew Rhodes to the twin story of the Bad Boy of Music and “the most beautiful woman in the world” was their invention of a radio-controlled “spread spectrum” torpedo-guidance system, for which they received a patent in 1942.

That a glamorous movie star whose day job involved hours of makeup calls and dress fittings would spend her off hours designing sophisticated weapons systems is one of the great curiosities of Hollywood history. Lamarr, however, not only possessed a head for abstract spatial relationships, but she also had been in her former life a fly on the wall during meetings and technical discussions between her ­munitions-manufacturer husband and his clients, some of them Nazi officials. Disturbed by news reports of innocents killed at sea by U-boats, she was determined to help defeat the German attacks. And Ant­heil, arguably the most mechanically inclined of all composers, having long before mastered the byzantine mechanisms of pneumatic piano rolls, retained a special genius for “out of the box” problem ­solving.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: hedylamarr; invention; spreadspectrum; torpedo
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This is a book review of Richard Rhodes’s new book, “Hedy’s Folly.”

The review goes into much greater detail and is worth following the link and reading the entire article.

1 posted on 12/20/2011 9:27:17 PM PST by Tex-Con-Man
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To: Tex-Con-Man

Sexiest woman to trample her footprint into the Earth.


2 posted on 12/20/2011 9:29:53 PM PST by hobbes1 (Hobbes1TheOmniscient® "St.Sarah, the1Tru Conservative that REFUSES to unite us and Save America")
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To: hobbes1

Sexiest woman to trample her footprint into the Earth.


Definately. None can compare.


3 posted on 12/20/2011 9:34:28 PM PST by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: Tex-Con-Man
Hedley Lamarr?

What a weird story.

4 posted on 12/20/2011 9:37:06 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Hedley? What the hell are you worried about? This is 1874. You’ll be able to sue her.


5 posted on 12/20/2011 9:40:03 PM PST by Tex-Con-Man (T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII 2012 - "Together, I Shall Ride You To Victory")
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To: hobbes1

One step behind Ava Gardner.


6 posted on 12/20/2011 9:42:10 PM PST by 353FMG
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To: 353FMG

Mickey rooney was Ava’s first husband. He was 21, she was 19.

No wonder Mickey was always smiling.


7 posted on 12/20/2011 9:46:20 PM PST by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: Tex-Con-Man

Gorgeous and smart, but a bit humor-challenged;)


8 posted on 12/20/2011 9:48:09 PM PST by Frank_2001
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To: Tex-Con-Man

“THAT’S HEDLEY!!!”

(Sorry...it had to be said....:-)


9 posted on 12/20/2011 9:49:33 PM PST by M1903A1 ("We shed all that is good and virtuous for that which is shoddy and sleazy... and call it progress")
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To: 353FMG

Lets not get crazy ; )

Ava was not ...inventing...


10 posted on 12/20/2011 9:49:51 PM PST by hobbes1 (Hobbes1TheOmniscient® "St.Sarah, the1Tru Conservative that REFUSES to unite us and Save America")
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To: Tex-Con-Man


11 posted on 12/20/2011 9:50:14 PM PST by Talisker (History will show the Illuminati won the ultimate Darwin Award.)
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To: M1903A1

sorry Governor.


12 posted on 12/20/2011 9:50:23 PM PST by hobbes1 (Hobbes1TheOmniscient® "St.Sarah, the1Tru Conservative that REFUSES to unite us and Save America")
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To: Talisker

Cool drawing. I was going to say this thread is worthless without pictures, but....


13 posted on 12/20/2011 9:52:26 PM PST by 21twelve
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To: unkus

Agreed, with Dana Wynter coming in a very close second.


14 posted on 12/20/2011 9:54:47 PM PST by Cyman
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To: Lazlo in PA

looking at Hedy Lamarr: “Ecstasy”


15 posted on 12/20/2011 9:57:22 PM PST by donmeaker (e is trancendental)
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16 posted on 12/20/2011 9:58:04 PM PST by Tex-Con-Man (T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII 2012 - "Together, I Shall Ride You To Victory")
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To: Tex-Con-Man

Never heard of her until my Father-in-Law died and my Husband received a trunk with an autographed picture of her.

She was a beautiful women. Classic beauty, unlike the stars that we have now.


17 posted on 12/20/2011 10:01:01 PM PST by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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To: donmeaker

Out of all the chicks from back then the one that would top Hedy was for me is Dorothy Lamour. Main reason I love all the “Road” movies. Even the bad ones.


18 posted on 12/20/2011 10:07:25 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: M1903A1

Bart Kosko, the Fuzzy Logic guru and exponent, was giving a talk years ago on his favored subject. He asked the audience if they knew who had invented frequency-hopping spread spectrum technology during WW II.

Your humble corresponent raised his hand with some relish (he’d just eaten a hot dog).

“Hedley Lamar!” he exclaimed.


19 posted on 12/20/2011 10:17:22 PM PST by Erasmus (Rage, rage, against the dying of the light. Or, get out your 50mm/1.2.)
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To: Erasmus

Did he answer “That’s HEDY!” :-)


20 posted on 12/20/2011 10:21:11 PM PST by M1903A1 ("We shed all that is good and virtuous for that which is shoddy and sleazy... and call it progress")
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