A gorgeous Austrian woman was featured in a scandalous l930’s movie. The film, Ecstasy, was banned practically everywhere. Mussolini reportedly refused to sell his copy.
The star, Hedwig Keesler, was a genius, had six husbands, and she reportedly made and spent 30 million in her life when that sum really was money.
She also stole one of today’s most valuable technologies from the
Third Reich. She fled to America and became a major Hollywood start and received one of the most important patents ever granted by the U.S. Patent Office.
She conceived the idea when she was sitting together with her husband Friedrich Mandolwt, a leading German arms maker, who liked to take her everywhere with him, and they were having dinner with Hitler.
One of her husband’s favorite topics was the technology surrounding radio-controlled missiles and torpedoes, especially wireless weapons which offered greater ranges than the wire-controlled alternatives. She sat through such dinners, a showpiece, as she said, “looking stupid,” but absorbing everything said.
As a Jew, she hated the Nazis. She was willful so her husband imprisoned her in his castle, but she escaped by drugging her maid and sneaking out to sell her jewelry to get to London.
Once there, she signed a long-term contract with Louis B. Mayer at MGM and appeared in over 20 films, co-starring with Bob Hope, Clark Gable and Judy Garland.
Her key innovation was developed with the help of Geroge Anthiel who created intrical synchronized melodies across 12 player pianos, and thus she synchronized the frequency changes between a weapon’s receiver and its transmitter.
On Aug. ll, 1942, US Patent #2,292,387 was granted to them. This patent of theirs is the foundation of “spread spectrum technology” you use everyday when you log onto a wi-fi network or make calls with a Bluetooth-enabled phone and is the heart of so-called fourth generation “LTE” wireless technology.
Have you guessed her name? It was changed by Mayer to Hedy Lemarr, a name which made MGM famous.
(Thanks to Porter Stansberry for this research)