“Any girl can look glamorous. All you have to do is stand there and look stupid.“
But what if you’re not stupid? What if you are, in fact, a formidable inventor who also, just happens, to be the Most Beautiful Woman In The World? It’s not easy to be more than one thing. And Hedy Lamarr found out the hard way.
In this episode, Sarah delves into the inner life of the renowned starlet, who brought marvellous inventions into the world but was known only for her beauty.
Along the way, she sashays through her daring flit from a Nazi arms dealer, shoots down some withering words from Charlie Chaplin, rails against the rejection of her blueprints for a communications device by the US Navy, and finally leaves Ms Lamarr somewhere in Florida - plasticated, but still Hedy.
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Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story. Dir Alexandra Dean. Zeitgeist Films. 2017. Film.
Bush, E. (2018). Hedy Lamarr's Double Life: Hollywood Legend and Brilliant Inventor by Laurie Wallmark. Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, 72(4), 185.
Commissariat, Tushna. (2018). Reviews : A tale of two lives. Physics World, 31(8), Pp43-44.