Google is celebrating what would be Hedy Lamarr’s 101st birthday with one of the most captivating Google Doodles yet! Such acknowledgement for Ms. Lamarr, star of H. M. Pulham, Esq. (1941), Samson and Delilah (1949), Come Live with Me (1941) , and more) comes with great reason. Not only was a she such a beautiful and talented actress, without her, we’d probably be without cell phones these days. Inspired to help Allied forces win World War II, she partnered with George Antheil, a renowned composer and inventor, and created “frequency hopping”, a method that helped to control communications interference. Even though it wasn’t used by the military, it was the starting point, through private companies, to the technology we now have for cell phone and Bluetooth technology.
This doodle is, to me, by far the most interesting and innovative yet – sure, it’s not like the awesome PacMan doodle, but as a classic film lover and admirer of Ms. Lamarr’s dedication and role in technology, I find it to be a sound piece of work!
By the way, here’s my tumblr post marking the anniversary of the day her patent was awarded!
And here are some shots from my favorite Hedy Lamarr movie: H. M. Pulham, Esq. (1949):
God, I just love that movie so much… I’ll watch it again soon to refresh my mind completely about it and post my thoughts!
For now, Happy Birthday, Ms. Lamarr and thank you!