Hedy Lamarr was known for her beauty and her smarts. The actress, born in Austria 100 years ago today, shared a patent issued in 1942 for a technological system still used in military communications. She died in 2000 at the age of 86. Here she is in 1940 at Inglewood Racetrack with Don Ameche and Jimmy Stewart.
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(Photo appears in "High Exposure: Hollywood Lives – Found Photos from the archives of the Los Angeles Times.")