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  1. 1. 1914-2000 Patent 2.292.387 registered by Hedy Lamarr, 11th Agosto 1942.
  2. 2. «Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid.» Hedy Lamarr
  3. 3. «All creative people want to do the unexpected.» Hedy Lamarr
  4. 4. «I was in constant demand, in my professional life and my personal life.» Hedy Lamarr
  5. 5. «I don't believe in life after death. But I do believe in some grinding destiny that watches over us on earth. If I didn't, the safety valve would give and the boiler would explode.» Hedy Lamarr
  6. 6. «Confidence is something you're born with. I know I had loads of it even at the age of 15.» Hedy Lamarr Hedy Lamarr, photography by Clarence Sinclair Bull, 1939.
  7. 7. «American men, as a group, seem to be interested in only two things, money and breasts. It seems a very narrow outlook.» Hedy Lamarr
  8. 8. «Analysis gave me great freedom of emotions and fantastic confidence. I felt I had served my time as a puppet.» Hedy Lamarr
  9. 9. «The world isn't getting any easier. With all these new inventions I believe that people are hurried more and pushed more... The hurried way is not the right way; you need time for everything -time to work, time to play, time to rest.» Hedy Lamarr
  10. 10. «Jack Kennedy always said to me, Hedy, get involved. That's the secret of life. Try everything. Join everything. Meet everybody.» Hedy Lamarr
  11. 11. «I'm a sworn enemy of convention. I despise the conventional in anything, even the arts.» Hedy Lamarr
  12. 12. Hedy Lamarr, 1914-2000, The Heavenly Body, colour
  13. 13. Hedy Lamarr, 1914-2000, The Conspirators.
  14. 14. Hedy Lamarr, Samson and Delilah.
  15. 15. Hedy Lamarr, White Cargo.
  16. 16. Hedy Lamarr, Samson and Delilah
  17. 17. Hedy Lamarr, Samson and Delilah, with Victor Mature
  18. 18. Hedy Lamarr, Comrade X, with Clark Gable.
  19. 19. Hedy Lamarr, 1914-2000, Lady of the Tropics, with Robert Taylor.
  20. 20. Hedy Lamarr, 1914-2000, The Heavenly Body, with William Powell.
  21. 21. Hedy Lamarr, 1914-2000, Experiment Perilous.
  22. 22. Hedy Lamarr, Copper Canyon.
  23. 23. Hedy Lamarr, Lady of the Tropics, photography by Clarence Sinclair Bull, 1939.
  24. 24. Hedy Lamarr, Tortilla Flat, with John Garfield.
  25. 25. Hedy Lamarr, Comrade X, with Clark Gable.
  26. 26. Hedy Lamarr, 1914-2000, Come Live With Me.
  27. 27. «I am not ashamed to say that no man I ever met was my father's equal, and I never loved any other man as much.» Hedy Lamarr
  28. 28. «I've been an important star and lived a full life, yet I only have three close friends. I guess that's all anyone can expect.» Hedy Lamarr
  29. 29. «Perhaps my problem in marriage — and it is the problem of many women— was to want both intimacy and independence. It is a difficult line to walk, yet both needs are important to a marriage.» http://www.hedylamarr.org/hedystory4.html
  30. 30. «Hope and curiosity about the future seemed better than guarentees. That’s the way I was. The unknown was always so attractive to me… and still is.» Hedy Lamarr, 1914-2000. http://www.hedylamarr.org/index.html
  31. 31. Hedy Lamarr, 1933 «I was born an only child in Vienna, Austria. My father found hours to sit by me by the library fire and tell fairy stories.» Hedy Lamarr
  32. 32. Hedy Lamarr, 1932. «I remember all too well the premiere of Ecstasy when I watched my bare bottom bounce across the screen and my mother and father sat there in shock.» Hedy Lamarr
  33. 33. Hedy Lamarr, 1945.Hedy Lamarr, Life, June 1, 1942.
  34. 34. Hedy Lamarr with her son, Anthony Loder. Hedy Lamarr with his son, Anthony Loder, 1966. Hedy Lamarr’s family in Austria. Hedy Lamarr, Enchanted Wanderer, by Joseph Cornell. Anthony Loder, her son. Denise Loder De luca, a painter, her daughter.
  35. 35. «Compromise and tolerance are magic words. It took me 40 years to become philosophical.» Hedy Lamarr Hedy Lamarr in the 1960s. Hedy Lamarr in the 1980s.
  36. 36. Hedy Lamarr in the last years of her life.
  37. 37. Biographical Note Birth name: Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler Name change: Hedy Lamarr Nickname: "The Most Beautiful Woman in Films" Birth date: November 9, 1914 Birth place: Vienna, Austria Death date: January 19, 2000 Death place: In her home in Orlando, Florida Burial location: Ashes were buried in Vienna, Austria Height: 5'7" Weight: around 118 lbs Hair color: Dark brown Eye color: Green Occupation: Actress, inventor Nationality: Austrian Famous quote: "Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid." Parents: Gertrud, a pianist and Emil, a bank manager Married: Fritz Mandl (m.1933 – d.1937), Gene Markey (m.1939 – d.1940), John Loder (m.1943 – d.1947), Teddy Stauffer (m.1951 – d.1952), W. Howard Lee (m.1953 – d.1960), Lewis J. Boies (m.1963 – d.1965) Children: James (adopted with John Loder), Anthony and Denise (biological parent, with John Loder) Source: http://www.hedylamarr.com/about/fastfacts.html
  38. 38. After her death her ashes were scattered in a forest in Austria.
  39. 39. Interview conceded by Anthony Loder, Hedy Lamarr’s son, to the Herald Deccan. Calling Hedy Lamarr, documentary about Hedy Lamarr, directed by Georg Misch, with the collaboration of Anthony Loder and Denise Loder De Luca, 2004. Hedy Lamarr, James Stewart, Judy Garland and Lana Turner, The Ziegfeld Girl, 1941, directed by Busby Berkeley and Robert Z. Leonard. Hedy Lamarr as Joan of Arc in The Story of Mankind, 1957.
  40. 40. The Secret Communication System «As if being a beautiful, talented actress was not enough, Hedy was also extremely intelligent. In addition to her film accomplishments, Hedy patented an idea that later became the crutch of both secure military communications and mobile phone technology. In 1942, Hedy and composer George Antheil patented what they called the “Secret Communication System.” The original idea, meant to solve the problem of enemies blocking signals from radio-controlled missiles during World War II, involved changing radio frequencies simultaneously to prevent enemies from being able to detect the messages. While the technology of the time prevented the feasibility of the idea at first, the advent of the transistor and its later downsizing made Hedy’s idea very important to both the military and the cell phone industry.» Source: http://www.hedylamarr.com/about/biography.html Patent 2.292.387 registred by Hedy Lamarr, 11th August 1942.
  41. 41. http://www.edition-filmmuseum.com/product_info.php/language/en/info/p74_Hedy-Lamarr--Secrets-of-a-Hollywood-Star.html Hedy Lamarr: Secrets of a Hollywood Star Switzerland/Germany/Canada 2005 – Directed and written by: Donatello Dubini, Fosco Dubini, Barbara Obermaier – Edited by: Fosco and Donatello Dubini - Photographed by: Edgar Donatello Dubini With: Jan-Christopher Horak, Lupita Kohner, Hans Janitschek, Mickey Rooney, Kenneth Anger - Produced by: Tre Valli Filmproduktion / Dubini Filmproduktion / Obermaier Filmproduktion / MI Films Inc. - Premiere: January 22, 2006 (Fipa) Lamarr (also called Hedy) is the name of a main character in the videogame Half Life 2. MGM-tycoon Louis B. Mayer called Hedy Lamarr "the most beautiful girl of the century."
  42. 42. Face Value Director Amy Redford Screenplay Jose Rivera Gretchen Somerfeld Producer Marco Mehlitz Gretchen Somerfeld David Baxter Executive Producer Rose Ganguzza Michael Benaroya SYNOPSIS In this period drama, 1940s Hollywood movie star Hedy Lamarr and avant-garde composer George Antheil invent a Morse code-like system called “frequency hopping,” a forerunner to wireless communication. Their intellectual connection sparks a secret, passionate affair. The lead character, Hedy Lamarr, was considered the most beautiful, glamorous woman of her time. Yet privately, she craved a more intellectual life and worked independently on a series of inventions. With George Antheil’s help, she saw one of her key ideas, intended for the Allied war effort, realized in the form of a groundbreaking patent. The basic principle behind her idea led to the development of spread-spectrum technology. http://www.facevaluethemovie.com/ George Antheil Hedy Lamarr Hedy Lamarr / Rachel Weisz Amy Redford
  43. 43. Hedy Lamarr, painted by her daughter, Denise Loder De Luca
  44. 44. Chronology film table based on the information in the Hedy Lamarr official site: http://www.hedylamarr.com/about/films.html
  45. 45. TITLE: HEDY LAMARR – A BRAIN BEHIND BEAUTY TEXT & IMAGES: http://www.hedylamarr.org/; http://www.hedylamarr.com/; http://pt- br.facebook.com/pages/Denise-Loder-De-Luca/134697649231?v=photos; http://www.inventions.org/culture/female/lamarr.html; http://www.uh.edu/engines/epi435.htm; http://www.ncafe.com/chris/pat2/index.html; http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001443/bio; http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/h/hedylamarr271469.html; http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/participant.jsp?participantId=107525%7C68054; http://www.doctormacro.com/movie%20star%20pages/Lamarr,%20Hedy.htm; http://movies.nytimes.com/person/40114/Hedy-Lamarr; http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=hedy-lamarr-not-just-a-pr; http://www.reelclassics.com/Actresses/Lamarr/lamarr.htm; http://www.tccandler.com/talent_file_hedy_lamarr.htm; http://www.mischief- films.com/sub2.php?ID=9&S=E&ID_hauptprojekt=83; http://www.5min.com/Video/Hedy- Lamarr-Biography-120003575; http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2000/01/19/entertainment/main151084.shtml. MUSIC Source: CD from my personal archive. Slide 1 to 70: Dionne Warwick, Don’t Make Me Over, from the album The Burt Bacharach Collection – The Look of Love, 2001. DURATION: about 3:26 minutes. DATE: May 2009. SELECTION, ORGANIZATION AND EFFECTS: Suy (Conceição Ludovino). Suy © 2009