When Nazi U-Boats torpedo a ship carrying 83 school children during World War II, Hollywood movie star Hedy Lamarr decides to exact revenge. At night, after shooting her scenes
When Nazi U-Boats torpedo a ship carrying 83 school children during World War II, Hollywood movie star Hedy Lamarr decides to exact revenge. At night, after shooting her scenes on set, she works on a secret radio system that will allow the Allies to direct their torpedoes with deadly accuracy; the secret communication system she creates is groundbreaking and eventually changes the course of history. All this would make a terrific fictional film, but it happens to be true. Hedy Lamarr, the screen siren who was called “the most beautiful woman in the world” and starred alongside Hollywood giants like Spencer Tracy, Jimmy Stewart and Clark Gable, invented a wireless form of communication called “frequency hopping” that revolutionized mobile communications all over the world, a feat that would directly lead to the creation of secure communications for wireless phones, Bluetooth, GPS and WiFi technology itself.
Weaving interviews and clips with never-before-heard audio tapes of Hedy speaking on the record about her incredible life—from her beginnings as an Austrian Jewish émigré, to her scandalous nude scene in the 1933 film Ecstasy, to her glittering Hollywood life as a glamour icon whose visage was the inspiration for Snow White, to her ground-breaking but completely uncredited inventions and her late years in reclusion and poverty—Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story brings to light the story of an unusual and accomplished woman, spurned as “too beautiful to be smart.”