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.

COMPLETED

Filmmakers: Alexandra Dean
Year: 2017
Runtime: 90
Country: USA
Format: HD


STORY 

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.


CREDITS

Director: Alexandra Dean

Executive Producer: Susan Sarandon

Producer: Katherine Drew

Co-Producers: David Koh and Dan Braun