Wednesday, August 01, 2018


Bombshell is the story of the life of the 1940s actress Hedy Lamarr.  From starting off acting as a teenager in Austria, she was able to leave prior to the war to come to Hollywood after coming to the attention of Louis B. Mayer.  She certainly was stunningly beautiful in her prime, courting many famous men and acquiring a few husbands along the way.

The documentary was more than talking about her beauty.  As well as hearing from her children and grand children, we get to hear her own voice as a reporter has found some long lost tapes that her recorded with her decades earlier.  It seemed as well as acting, out of hours she had an interest in science and inventing, with Howard Hughes financing her own lab.  One of her inventions which she held the patent on was for a frequency hopping technology to aid submarines guide torpedoes to their target.  This was submitted to the US navy during the second world war, but not developed until later, and she was not given credit for her input until many decades later.  This technology is also credited for being used to help with the development of the internet, bluetooth and wifi. 

So such an interesting documentary about someone whose name may soon be forgotten and hopefully this will help to introduce her to a new generation of audience.  4/5

1 comment:

John Bellen said...

I'd learned about Lamarr's innovative work in science on a radio programme not so long ago. I wonder if she'd prefer to remembered for those inventions rather than her acting? A talented woman, in any case.