Hedy Lamarr: The Hollywood Star Who Helped Invent Wi-Fi

Hedy Lamarr’s Real Name

Hedy Lamarr, like so many Hollywood stars over the years, decided to change her name to fit in with the movie-making world and appeal to the general public. Hedy Lamarr’s birth name was actually Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler. Other famous stars of the early years of Hollywood who changed their names include Cary Grant and Marilyn Monroe.

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Back then, it was quite common for stars to use different names, especially as many had European origins and therefore had names that might have had German connotations, which wouldn’t have been too warmly received by the public.

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