Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story | Chicago Reader

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story profiles one of the most glamorous stars of Hollywood's golden age, but it's not your usual silver-screen documentary. Drawing on several books (most notably Hedy's Folly by science writer Richard Rhodes), writer-director Alexandra Dean moves past Lamarr's movie career in the 1930s and '40s to explore her little-known sideline as an inventor, one whose patented device for radio "frequency hopping," developed to guide torpedoes during World War II, has become a building block of modern wireless technology. Lamarr, who died in 2000, tells her own story on the soundtrack from a 1990 telephone interview with Forbes writer Fleming Meeks; in her proud, Austrian-accented English, she presents herself as a captive of her own beauty, still wondering what might have been had the world recognized her mind as much as her body. Continue reading>>



  • Alexandra Dean


  • Mel Brooks
  • Diane Kruger
  • Peter Bogdanovich
  • Richard Rhodes
  • Robert Osborne


  • Alexandra Dean


  • Adam Haggiag
  • Katherine Drew
  • Alexandra Dean
  • Michael Kantor
  • Susan Sarandon

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