Hedy Lamarr was an Austrian-born American film actor and inventor. After a brief early film career in Czechoslovakia, including the controversial ‘Ecstasy’ (1933), she fled from her husband, a wealthy Austrian ammunition manufacturer, and secretly moved to Paris. Traveling to London, she met Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio head Louis B Mayer, who offered her a movie contract in Hollywood, where she became a film star from the late 1930s to the 1950s. Among Lamarr’s best known films are ‘Algiers’ (1938), ‘Boom Town’ (1940), ‘I Take This Woman’ (1940), ‘Comrade X’ (1940), ‘Come Live With Me’ (1941), ‘HM Pulham, Esq’ (1941), and ‘Samson and Delilah’ (1949).