"Perhaps my problem in marriage--and it is the problem of many women--was to want both intimacy and independence. It is a difficult line to walk, yet both needs are important to a marriage."

Lamarr became an American citizen in 1953. She was married six times and had three children. Two of them - Anthony and Denise - are from her marriage to the English actor John Loder; her oldest son, James, was adopted in the late '30s during her marriage to author Gene Markey.

Lamarr's withdrawal from spotlight was never detrimental to her popularity; her name continues to have a high degree of recognition. The persona she created - the sensuous, dark-haired beauty - has exerted a significant and lasting influence on the cinema and popular culture.

However, it is her contribution to science and technology that have had the most important and lasting impression, though little known outside the scientific community. next >>