I love when I have a chance to make Hedy live up to her forename and show her being “heady”. It’s the primary reason I chose her as Charlie’s accomplice.

Lamarr was a pioneer in the field of wireless communications following her emigration to the United States. Along with co-inventor George Anthiel, they developed a “Secret Communications System” to help combat the Nazis in World War II. By manipulating radio frequencies at irregular intervals between transmission and reception, the invention formed an unbreakable code to prevent classified messages from being intercepted by enemy personnel.

Lamarr and Anthiel received a patent in 1941, but the enormous significance of their invention was not realized until decades later. It was first implemented on naval ships during the Cuban Missile Crisis and subsequently emerged in numerous military applications. But most importantly, the “spread spectrum” technology that Lamarr helped to invent would galvanize the digital communications boom, forming the technical backbone that makes cellular phones, fax machines and other wireless operations possible.

Admittedly, I am playing hard and fast with history here. But I figure that she was very resourceful and was capable of other inventions and solutions beyond just that one. My intent was to portray Hedy as a MacGyver of sorts. And I am always looking for a way to make STEMS look fun and glamourous.

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