This Day in Jewish History / Hedy Lamarr, actress and inventor of torpedo anti-jamming technology, dies
The star of the racy 'Ecstasy’ led a drama-filled life, with six husbands and three children, before fizzling out in Florida.
On January 19, 2000, the actress -- and inventor -- Hedy Lamarr died, at the age of 85. The Viennese-born Lamarr became a Hollywood film star after immigrating to the United States in 1937, yet it was another of her achievements that could qualify her for immortality: co-inventing technology to help radio-guided torpedoes avoid enemy detection.
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