So in a private life more compelling than some of her movies, she dreamed up ways to fight the Nazis during World War II and earned a patent for an idea that laid the groundwork for such modern technologies as Bluetooth, GPs and Wi-Fi. Lamarr, on what would have been her 101st birthday, was honored Monday with an animated doodle on Google’s search page.
“She’s just so cool,” said Jennifer Hom of Google, who researched Lamarr’s life to create the animated clip.
Born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler in Austria, Lamarr began working as an actress in Europe as a teenager and scandalized audiences in the Czech film “Ecstasy,” in which the camera lingered on her face as her character had an orgasm.
So during World War II, Lamarr drew upon her interest in science and military technology – gained in part through her first marriage to an arms dealer – to help devise a system to prevent the Nazis from blocking signals from radio-controlled Allied torpedoes.
Hom’s doodle alternates between scenes of movie-star glamor and Lamarr’s sideline as an inventor.
“The hurried way is not the right way; you need time for everything – time to work, time to play, time to rest.”