Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?

In 1933, a beautiful , young Austrian woman took off her clothes for a movie director. She ran through the woods, naked. She swam in a lake, naked. Pushing well beyond the social norms of that period, there were more alleged "sightings" from self-anointed saviors.
The most popular movie in 1933 was King Kong. But everyone in Hollywood was talking about that scandalous movie with the gorgeous young  Austrian woman. The press called her Hedy Lamarr.


 Louis B. Mayer of the giant studio MGM, said she was the most beautiful woman in the world. The film was banned practically everywhere, which, of course, made it more popular and valuable. Mussolini reportedly refused to sell his copy at any price.The star of the film, called Ecstasy, was Hedwig Kiesler. She said the secret of her beauty was "to stand there and look stupid." In reality, Kiesler was anything but stupid. She was a genius. She'd grown up as the only child of a prominent Jewish banker. She was a math prodigy.

  As she grew older, she became ruthless, using all the power her body and mind gave her. Between the sexual roles she played, her tremendous beauty, and between roles she played, Kiesler would confound the men in her life, including her six husbands, two of the most ruthless dictators of the 20th century, and one of the greatest movies.

Her beauty made her rich for a time. She is said to have made--and spent $30 million in her life. She not only made it, she spent it. But her greatest accomplishment resulted from her intellect, and her invention continues to heap huzzahs from all corners.

Her invention continues to shape the world we live in todayl