Documentary Series: Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
“Bombshell” is about 1940s Hollywood actress Hedy Lamarr, one of the most beautiful women in the world. Known for her matchless beauty and electric screen persona, Lamarr had legions of fans who never knew she possessed such a beautiful mind. She was a talented and inquisitive inventor who created a radio system that is now considered the basis of Bluetooth technology. An Austrian Jewish immigrant who acted by day and drew mechanical and electronic inventions by night, Lamarr came up with a “secret communication system” to help the Allies beat the Nazis. Weaving in Lamarr’s own voice from archival recordings, the director reveals how Lamarr gave her patent to the Navy, received no credit for her contributions, and wound up impoverished in her latter years.