In early June, Johnny Depp won the defamation trial against his ex-wife, Amber Heard, after six tough weeks in which various and controversial details about their relationship came to light.
However, the protagonist of ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ seems to continue meditating bitterly on the human condition in his new album ’18’, in which, in a collaboration with guitarist Jeff Beck, he pays tribute to various emblematic singer-songwriters in the history of music, but also to Hedy Lamarr with the first single ‘This is a song for miss Hedy Lamarr’.
Singing that she no longer believes in her peers and describing Lamarr as a woman “erased by the same world that made her a star. Tied to her beauty, caught by her net,” Johnny Depp highlights the story of the Austrian actress and inventor who escaped the patriarchal control of the time and fled her forced marriage to businessman Friedrich Mandl, then excelled in both the seventh art and the development of radio technology that helped the Allies win World War II.
In addition to being a great Hollywood star, Hedy Lamarr was considered one of the “most beautiful women in Europe” and is currently a feminist reference. She was the first performer to simulate an orgasm (‘Ecstasy’, 1933) and the inventor of the previous technology that gave way to WiFi.
As a feminist, the life of the star has been an example for other women from different eras, due to the courage with which she escaped the oppression of which she was a victim during her 30s to develop her greatest passion: acting.
The actress fled from her husband Friedrich Mandl, and moved to Paris, then to London, and finally to the United States, where she developed her artistic career.
As an inventor, she realized that the signals guiding U.S. Navy ships were easy to interfere with. Aided by the composer George Antheil, she found that you could change the frequency in the same way that you modified the notes of a piano. The technology is now considered the antecedent of WiFi and Bluetooth.
Knowing the story of Hedy Lamarr, the meaning of the song written by Johnny Depp becomes clearer: the actress was a scholar imprisoned in the appearance of a movie diva. Her beauty became the cage that prevented the world from taking her seriously