Hedy Lamarr: Actress, sexual icon, brilliant inventor

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The first time audiences saw Hedy Lamarr, she was running naked through a field. The second time they saw her, she was in the throes of a very animated orgasm.

Actress Hedy Lamarr revolutionized (and scandalized) moviegoing audiences with her overtly sexy characters. She also was a brilliant inventor who helped create the technology behind cell phones and WiFi.

The two images created such cognitive dissonance in the press that her “secret life” as a brilliant woman went virtually unknown for decades.