Hedy Lamarr – the 1940s ‘bombshell’ who helped invent wifi

                                                    Hedy Lammarr: Looking every inch the Hollywood star

                                                   Hedy Lammarr: Looking every inch the Hollywood star

edy Lamarr, the star MGM called “the most beautiful woman in the world”, had two of the worst-kept secrets in Hollywood. One of them, she could never escape until long after her career was over. The other, the press took little interest in at the time – but since her death in 2000, this is the story that has come to define her. A new documentary about Lamarr’s life, released this weekend, encapsulates both stories – one about sex and the other about science – in the innuendo of its title: Bombshell. Lamarr’s story is one of a brilliant woman who was consistently underestimated. It also gives us the clearest possible illustration of why on-screen representation matters – of all the parts that Lamarr was given to play, none of them was as fantastic, or inspirational, as her real life.

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 Credit: Kory Tung

Credit: Kory Tung