Hollywood wild-child, Hedy Lemarr, was infamous for her marriages and affairs with everyone from Spencer Tracy to JFK. This film will rediscover her, not only as an actress, but as the brilliant mind who coinvented 1940's wireless technology.
Filmmakers: Alexandra Dean
Runtime: 90 mins
After inventing the movie sex scandal, she married a Nazi collaborator, escaped him, and fled to Hollywood. There she became a movie star known as “the most beautiful woman in the world.” Songs were written about her beauty, Snow White and Cat Woman were modelled on her iconic look. She married six husbands and had affairs with everyone from Spencer Tracy to JFK. But today, fifteen years after her death, the world has forgotten Hedy Lamarr, the great beauty.
This documentary will re-discover her, not only as an actress, but as a brilliant mind. It turns out “the most beautiful woman in the world” was also a secret inventor. In the midst of World War II, she used her free time to co-invent a radio-control technology meant for 1940s-era torpedoes, which would ultimately pave the way for secure cell phone communication, WiFi, Bluetooth, and drone warfare. This is the story of what happens when an actress, admired and ridiculed for her wild life, is secretly a genius who changed the world.
FILMMAKER - Alexandra Dean
Alexandra Dean is an Emmy award-winning Producer and Director. She spent five years producing and directing award-winning programming at PBS before Bloomberg! recruited her to make specials, documentaries and a series on innovators in science and technology. She directed the channel’s most watched documentary of all time: “The Player.” She’s interviewed James Cameron on his quest to invent the perfect camera, Virgin CEO Richard Branson and his dreams for space exploration, Sebastian Thrun on the creation of the world’s first self-driving car. She’s created programmed on dozens of innovators and inventors, but her favorite is Hedy Lamarr.
"A thoroughly engaging, eye-opening showbiz doc." - The Hollywood Reporter
Director: Alexandra Dean
Executive Producer: Susan Sarandon, Michael Kantor
Producer: Adam Haggiag, Alexandra Dean, Katherine Drew
Co-Producers: David Koh and Dan Braun