1940s Hollywood Starlet Defeated the Nazis and Developed WiFi

Austro-American actress Hedy Lamarr on the set of Samson and Delilah. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)

It might be easy to dismiss the beautiful actresses during the Golden Age of Hollywood as a bunch of pretty faces but for at least one of the glamorous starlets, her pretty face was hiding a highly intelligent and inventive mind. In fact, an invention credited to the stunningly beautiful actress, Hedy Lamarr, helped to defeat the Nazis during World War II and laid the groundwork for today’s wireless communications.