19:54 13 November 2017
Austrian-born Hedy Lammar is the subject of a new documentary co-produced by Susan Sarandon. The film, which premieres on Wednesday in Britain as part of the Jewish Film Festival, follows the career of Lammar, who is considered one of the most beautiful women in the 1950s.
Lamarr had a remarkable acting career and has appeared alongside the likes of Clark Gable, James Stewart and Spencer Tracy. However, very few people knew that she was also a brilliant scientist who devised ‘frequency hopping’ during WW2. Her invention paved the way for WiFi and Bluetooth.
The film, entitled Bombshell: The Hedy Lammar Story, traces her remarkable career from Vienna to Los Angeles. The film also features interviews with Lamarr’s children from six marriages.
Lamarr made her acting debut at age 17 before appearing in a controversial Czech film Ecstasy, the first to depict female orgasm in a non-pornographic film.
The film tells Lamarr’s story through tapes of an interview she gave to Forbes magazine in 1990 where she explains her interest in technology. “Inventions are easy for me to do,” Lamarr says. “I suppose I just came from a different planet.”
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