We live in a society where people are famous without having any accomplishments. We tend to throw the words “star” and “hero” and “talent” at people who really have done nothing to deserve them. People become famous as much for bad behavior as for good. Getting drunk, releasing a sex tape, exposing themselves in public, or just general stupidity. Why do we look up to these people? I want to give you an example of two actresses who really deserved to be admired.

The first is from the past. she was known for her beauty and talent. Her name was Hedy Lamarr. Ms. Lamarr was a film start in the 30’s – 50’s. Many poeple have heard of her acting abilities, but not too many know about her contribution to science. She greatly contributed to objects that we use today. Ms. Lamarr, along with a partner George Anthell, invernted “frequency hopping”, which serves as a basis for modern spread-spectrum technology, such as Bluetooth, COFDM used in Wi-Fi network connections, and CDMA used in some cordless and wireless telephones. So important was this contribution, that in 2003, the Boeing corporation ran a series of recruitment ads featuring Hedy Lamarr as a woman of science. No reference to her film career was made in the ads. But she was talented enough to earn a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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The other actress is one who is a bit more contemporary. Her name is Danica McKellar. She first starred as Winnie Cooper on the show “The Wonder Years”. She has done many shows besides that, including many voice-over performances.  McKellar studied mathematics at UCLA, graduating with highest honors (summa cum laude) in 1998. As an undergraduate, she coauthored a scientific paper  with Professor Lincoln Chayes and fellow student Brandy Winn. Their results are termed the ‘Chayes–McKellar–Winn theorem’. McKellar is the author of The New York Times bestselling book Math Doesn’t Suck: How to Survive Middle-School Math without Losing Your Mind or Breaking a Nail, that encourages girls in middle school to enjoy and succeed at mathematics. McKellar’s second book, Kiss My Math: Showing Pre-Algebra Who’s Boss, was released on August 5, 2008. The book’s target audience is girls in the 7th through 9th grades. Her third book, Hot X: Algebra Exposed! was published on August 3, 2010, and is aimed at girls in the 8th-10th grade, or even adults who want to learn algebra. All three of McKellar’s books made it to The New York Times children’s bestseller list.

These women overcame stereotypes to achieve great things that impact a lot of lives. How many of us buy into what others think we should be instead of following our dreams to achieve great things? We need to break out of the box that others have put us in to accomplish our goals and create great things.

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  1. mamakin143 says:

    The famous celsbs I like are of course Marilyn Monroe, but I also adore Sophia Loren, Maureen O’Hara, Bette Davis, Mae West, and Audrey Hepburn. They were all female stereotypes, but were also so much more than what people thought/think.

  2. Lisa Craig says:

    There are a whole lot of people out their getting their 15 minute of fame simply because of the stupid a$$ things they do or say. Bad behavior should be rewarded with accolades. Certainly bad behavior or stupidity are not accomplishments, unless of course, you count the number of stupid things some people do.

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