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The history books should tell it that it was composer George Antheil & Hedy Lamarr that submitted the idea of a secret communication system in June 1941.

 

On August 11, 1942, U.S. Patent 2,292,387 was granted to Antheil and "Hedy Kiesler Markey", Lamarr's married name at the time.

 

This early version of frequency hopping used a piano roll to change between 88 frequencies and was intended to make radio-guided torpedoes harder for enemies to detect or jam.

 

 

Despite no formal scientific training, Hedy Lamarr had an exceptional scientific mind, and with her co-inventor George Antheil, they developed a system for radio communication today that is at the core of many communications systems, including the GSM cell phone system that is in use by over 1.2 billion subscribers worldwide.

 

 

Hedy Lamarr and George Antheil first met in 1940 when they both lived in Hollywood. Antheil was an accomplished musician and concert pianist. Being neighbours they often talked and Lamarr mentioned that she had an idea that she was thinking of contributing to the newly established National Inventors Council in Washington.

 

 

http://www.radio-electronics.com/info/radio_history/gtnames/hedy_lamarr.php

 

 

 

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*Hollywood actress Hedy Lamarr also was inducted (08-22-2003) (posthumously) into the*

*Hall of Fame of the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE).*

 

 

 

Thanks also,

American History Revised: 200 Startling Facts That Never Made It into the Textbooks

by Seymour Morris, Jr.,

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Cate Blanchett

 

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1. Height

5' 8?" (1.74 m)

 

2. 1993: She was the first person to win the Sydney Theatre Critic's Circle Theatre award for Best Newcomer (for her role in "Kafka Dances"), and Best Lead Actress (for her role in David Mamet's Oleanna, with the Sydney Theatre Company, opposite Shine (1996) star Geoffrey Rush)in the same year.

 

3. In an interview she gave to Fox Television Network, she admitted blushingly that she had accepted the role of Galadriel, the Elf Queen, in The Lord of the Rings trilogy because she always wanted to appear in a movie wearing pointed ears.

 

4. Enjoys making lists and crossing items off as she accomplishes them.

 

5. By winning the Oscar for her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn, she became the first person to give an Oscar-winning portrayal of a previous Oscar winner.

 

6. She is one of the elite eleven thespians to have been nominated for both a Supporting and Lead Acting Academy Award in the same year for their achievements in two different movies. The other nine are Fay Bainter, Sigourney Weaver, Teresa Wright, Barry Fitzgerald (he has been nominated in both categories for the same role in the same movie), Jessica Lange, Al Pacino, Emma Thompson, Holly Hunter, Julianne Moore and Jamie Foxx.

 

7. Was listed as a potential nominee for the 2008 Razzies (but did not make the final ballot) for her performance as "Queen Elizabeth I" in Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), a performance that earned her another Oscar nomination. Had she earned a Razzie nod, she would have been one of the few actors to have a Razzie and Oscar nomination for the same performance.

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Sissy Spacek

 

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1. Height

5' 2" (1.57 m)

 

2. Actual name: Mary Elizabeth Spacek ; "Sissy" was a nickname that her brothers used to call her when she was growing up, and it stayed with her.

 

3. Not only did she win an Oscar for her performance in Coal Miner's Daughter (1980), but she was nominated for a Grammy for her rendition of the title song in the category Best Country Vocal Performance, Female.

 

4. Was the first choice to play the daughter in Terms of Endearment (1983).

 

5. Was Homecoming Queen of her Senior Class in High School.

 

6. Decided to skip college after her older brother, Robbie, died at 18 years of age in 1967 from leukemia during her senior year in high school. She decided life was way too short to waste it in four years of college.

 

7. During her audition for Carrie (1976), she wore a dress that her mother forced her to wear to a party when she was in the seventh grade.

 

8. Sissy and Meryl Streep have each won four New York Film Critics Circle Awards, the most of any other actress. Sissy's wins are for 3 Women (Best Supporting Actress, 1977), Coal Miner's Daughter (Best Actress, 1980), Crimes of the Heart (Best Actress, 1986), and In the Bedroom (Best Actress, 2001).

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Robert Downey Jr.

 

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1. Height

5' 8?" (1.74 m)

 

2. Known for not being especially humble

 

3. Names Peter O'Toole as his favorite actor.

 

4. Claims that his father is the one who introduced him to drugs, by offering him a marijuana joint when he was 8.

 

5. In a symbolic attempt to bury his decadent 1980s Brat Pack image and begin a new phase of his life and career after filming Chaplin (1992) in 1991, he (literally) buried the clothes that he wore in 1987's Less Than Zero (1987) in the backyard of his house.

 

6. Childhood friend of Richard Hall aka Moby.

 

7. Ranked #60 in Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the world (2008).

 

8. Has worn lifts at his directors' requests in his recent leading man roles, namely Iron Man (2008) and its sequel and in Sherlock Holmes (2009), in order to enhance his height.

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Diane Keaton

 

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1. Height

5' 6?" (1.69 m)

 

2. 1995: Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the "100 Sexiest Stars in Film History" (#46).

 

3. Has never married

 

4. Was part of the original cast of the Broadway musical "Hair" (1968).

 

5. Was nominated for Broadway's 1969 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Dramatic) for "Play It Again, Sam," a performance she recreated in the film version with the same title, Play It Again, Sam (1972).

 

6. Woody Allen wrote her starring vehicle, Annie Hall (1977), with her in mind. Her real name is Diane Hall and her nickname is Annie.

 

7. 2006: Her performance as Annie Hall in Annie Hall (1977) is ranked #60 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time

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Farley Granger

 

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1. Height

6' 1" (1.85 m)

 

2. One of the last of Samuel Goldwyn's contract players.

 

3. Scored in short-lived comeback on Broadway in Ira Levin's "Deathtrap" in 1980.

 

4. His longtime partner (since 1963), Robert Calhoun, collaborated with Farley on his 2007 memoir "Include Me Out: My Life from Goldwyn to Broadway".

 

5. On the audio commentary for They Live by Night (1949), he says that Alfred Hitchcock and Nicholas Ray were the best directors he ever worked with. In addition, his two favorite films of his own are Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train (1951) and Ray's They Live by Night (1949).

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Al Pacino

 

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1. Height

5' 7" (1.70 m)

 

2. Turned down the role of Ted Kramer in Kramer vs. Kramer (1979).

 

Turned down Born on the Fourth of July (1989).

 

Turned down Apocalypse Now (1979).

 

Turned down the role of Han Solo in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977).

 

Turned down Pretty Woman (1990).

 

Turned down Crimson Tide (1995).

 

3. Was frequently refered to as "that midget Pacino" by producers of The Godfather (1972) who didn't want him for the part of Michael Corleone

 

4. One of the few Hollywood stars who has never married.

 

5. Is an avid fan of opera.

 

6. He is one of the eleven elite thespians to have been nominated for both a Supporting and Lead Acting Academy Award in the same year. The other ten are Barry Fitzgerald Fay Bainter, Teresa Wright, Jessica Lange, Sigourney Weaver, Emma Thompson, Holly Hunter, Julianne Moore, Jamie Foxx and Cate Blanchett. Pacino was the second male actor, after Fitzgerald, to have been nominated for both a Best Supporting Actor and a Best Actor Oscar in the same year; the third is Foxx, who was nominated for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor in 2005.

 

7. Won two Tony Awards: in 1969 as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Dramatic) for "Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?" and in 1977 as Best. Actor (Play) for "The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel."

 

8. He is an avid William Shakespeare fan.

 

9. Studied acting under his friend Charles Laughton

 

10. His favorite actress is Julie Christie.

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Amy Adams

 

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1 4th of Seven Children

2 August 20th 1974

3 Her fiance Darren Le Gallo Calls Her Tink after Tinkerbell in peter pan and because she's best known for playing innoncent some what Naiive characters

4 once Worked At Hooters

5 breakthrough film was Junebug

6 Has An almost 3 month old daughter Aviana

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