Hedy Lamarr – Castle of Dreams

People often ask me who the woman on the cover of Castle of Dreams is so I thought I’d write a blog and tell you. The image is a photo of Hedy Lamarr a beautiful Austrian who made movies in the Golden Age of Hollywood.

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Hedy Lamarr (born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler, November 9, 1914 – January 19, 2000) was an Austrian and American film actress and inventor.

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After an early and brief film career in Czechoslovakia that included the controversial film Ecstasy in which Hedy Lamarr is very briefly seen swimming in the nude and running naked, she fled from her husband, a wealthy Austrian ammunition manufacturer, and secretly moved to Paris. There, she met MGM head Louis B. Mayer, who offered her a movie contract in Hollywood, where she became a film star from the late 1930s to the 1950s.

At the beginning of World War II, Hedy Lamarr and composer George Antheil developed a radio guidance system for Allied torpedoes, which used spread spectrum and frequency hopping technology to defeat the threat of jamming by the Axis powers. Although the US Navy did not adopt the technology until the 1960s, the principles of their work are now incorporated into modern Wi-Fi, CDMA, and Bluetooth technology, and this work led to their induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2014.

Hedy Lamarr

Hedy Lamarr died in Casselberry, Florida on January 19, 2000, aged 85.  Her son Anthony Loder took her ashes to Austria and spread them in the Vienna Woods, in accordance with her last wishes.

Dreams of the Vienna Woods 

Have a lovely day: dreaming, writing, reading.

Elise 

 

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