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As Europe slid toward war in the late 1930s, one face captivated film viewers. Austria-born Hedy Lamarr wowed cinema audiences with her stunning looks, which had led to her studio describing her as “the world’s most beautiful woman.” But in her spare time, and despite her lack of education in science, Lamarr dabbled as an inventor – a hobby that would see eventually see her hailed for her contribution to wireless technology.

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Lamarr had been brought to the United States by MGM head honcho Louis B. Mayer, having met him in London. Having seen her star rise in 1938 hit Algiers, Lamarr’s entrancing beauty saw her star in several MGM films of the late 1930s and ’40s, peaking in 1949’s Samson and Delilah. Her star was placed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960.

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