This Nazi-Hating Hollywood Bombshell Made Cell Phones Possible

Who was Hedy Lamarr? In the heyday of Old Hollywood, she was one of the most beautiful women in the world. Hedy Lamarr movies were as popular as they were successful. Her breathtaking looks packed theaters across the country, but there was much more to this starlet than what met the eye.

A more in-depth look at Lamarr's biography quickly reveals her as a forward-thinking genius whose intelligence went unappreciated in her lifetime. Born in Vienna, Austria, in 1914, Lamarr escaped her homeland in the 1930s, setting out for a dazzling career in Hollywood. The public, more preoccupied with her looks than brains, had no idea one of Hollywood's leading ladies was, in fact, a groundbreaking inventor.

Though Lamarr passed away in 2000, the impact of her scientific breakthroughs is finally giving her the credit she so long deserved. One of her contributions is the system used to develop wireless technology. In other words, WiFi might not exist if it weren’t for this Hollywood starlet.