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.