Hedy Lamarr

by ethnic on July 22, 2010

Birth Name: Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler

Date of Birth: November 9, 1914

Place of Birth: Vienna, Austria-Hungary

Date of Death: January 19, 2000

Place of Death: Casselberry, Florida

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Hedy Lamarr was an Austrian and American actress and inventor. She was the daughter of Emil Kiesler, from L’viv, then in the Habsburg Empire, now in Ukraine, and Gertrud “Trude” (Lichtwitz), who was born in Budapest, Hungary. Hedy’s parents were both born Jewish. Conflicting reports state that Hedy’s mother, Hedy herself, or both of them, later converted to Catholicism. Hedy left Europe in the late 1930s to escape the Nazis. Hedy was a relative of architect, theoretician, theater designer, sculptor, and artist Frederick John Kiesler.

She had a son with her former husband, screenwriter and producer Gene Markey, and two children with her former husband, actor John Loder.

Hedy’s paternal grandfather was Osias Kiesler (the son of Rubin Kiesler and Chaja Sara Rosenthal).

Hedy’s paternal grandmother was Taube Malke Katz-Auwerbach (the daughter of Samuel Aron Katz and Henne Gittel Auwerbach).

Hedy’s maternal grandfather was Karoly/Carl Moritz Leopold Lichtwitz (the son of Salomon Lichtwitz and Johanna Goldscheider). Karoly was born in Troppau (Opava), Czech Republic. Salomon was the son of Bernardt Lichtwitz and Lena Gottlieb. Johanna was the daughter of Salomon Goldscheider and Friederike Königer.

Hedy’s maternal grandmother was Rosa Joachim (the daughter of Moriz “Morris” Joachim and Sofie Ehrlich). Rosa was born in Vienna, Austria.

Source: Genealogy of Hedy Lamarr – http://www.geni.com

Photo by Employee(s) of MGM (Ebay (archive)) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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