Bombshell - The Hedy Lamarr Story


BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY follows the film star’s double career, spending her days acting with the Silver Screen’s leading men and her nights working on electrical and mechanical inventions which were destined to change the course of the world.

Powerful beauty was obvious on the surface of "the most beautiful girl in the world" but underneath her stunning physical exterior was an IQ stronghold few people possess. Lamarr’s physical beauty made her one of the 1940s brightest stars, and her beautiful mind made her a true star in the history of technology.  During World War II, the Austrian Jewish émigré developed a secret communications system she hoped would help to defeat the Nazis, and would be the basis for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. She would never know the depth and breadth of her inventions, as the documentary reveals how one of the screen’s greatest beauties gave her patent to the Navy, received no credit for her contributions, and wound up impoverished in her later years.

Weaving archival interviews with the glamorous actress and interviews with her family and famous friends, this is a film for lovers of history, Hollywood, and science. BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY provides a real-life Hollywood story about how a woman’s arresting looks and glamorous life stood in the way of her receiving the credit she deserved as an ingenious inventor.

USA * 2017 * 90 minutes * English * Documentary

Starring: Hedy Lamarr, Mel Brooks, Robert Osborne 

Director: Alexandra Dean

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Pro. Darrell Copp is Chair of the Department of Communication and Film Humanities at Scottsdale Community College, where he has taught since 1988.  He teaches Women in Film, Contemporary Cinema, among other courses.  He has been involved with the Scottsdale International Film Festival for many years, and is delighted to participate in the Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival for a second time.