Film Screening: “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” and conversation with Director Alexandra Dean

Actress Hedy Lamarr

Film Screening: “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” and conversation with Director Alexandra Dean

NEXT DATE:   |  6:30 p.m.  |  
category: Academic Programs, Adult Programs  |  location: Library, Soda House

On the evening of May 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Soda House, the University of Delaware Hagley Scholars will be sponsoring a screening of the film Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story at Hagley's Soda House, followed by a conversation with the director, Alexandra Dean.

What do the most ravishingly beautiful actress of the 1930s and 40s and the inventor whose concepts were the basis of cell phone and bluetooth technology have in common? They are both Hedy Lamarr, the glamour icon whose ravishing visage was the inspiration for Snow White and Cat Woman and a technological trailblazer who perfected a secure radio guidance system for Allied torpedoes during WWII. 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 emigre to her scandalous nude scene in the 1933 film Ecstasy to her glittering Hollywood life to her ground-breaking, but completely uncredited inventions to her latter years when she became a recluse, impoverished and almost forgotten—Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story brings to light the story of an unusual and accomplished woman, spurned as too beautiful to be smart, but a role model to this day.

Alexandra Dean is an Emmy award-winning journalist and producer. She produced news-magazine documentaries for PBS before becoming a series and documentary producer at Bloomberg television producing the series Innovators, Adventures and Pursuits. She also writes about invention for Businessweek magazine. Today she is a founding partner at Reframed Pictures.

For more information about the film and director, visit Zeitgeist Films.

This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. If you are planning on attending, please RSVP to Carol Lockman.

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