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Hedy Lemarr was an actress, admired and ridiculed for her wildlife, who was secretly a genius that changed the world.
The Hollywood star often referred to as “the most beautiful woman in the world” was infamous for her marriages and affairs, but few know the story of the brilliant mind who co-invented 1940's wireless technology.
Gaining a reputation as “ecstasy girl”, after starring in the first film to show a woman having an orgasm on screen, Lemarr made her way to Hollywood and became a sex icon in 1940s Hollywood. Songs were written about her beauty, Snow White and Cat Woman were modelled on her iconic look. She married six times and had affairs with everyone from Spencer Tracy to JFK.
Beyond her scandalous public life, in the midst of the Second World War, Lemarr spent her nights inventing. Her biggest success was contributing to a radio-control technology meant for 1940s-era torpedoes, which helped the Allies beat the Nazis and ultimately paved the way for secure cell phone communication, WiFi, Bluetooth, and drone warfare.
BOMBSHELL rediscovers Hedy Lemarr, not only as an actress but as a secret inventor who was well known for her looks but received no credit for her scientific contributions.
BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY is the fourth film in our 2017-18 Doc Soup Series co-presented with Hot Docs.