SHE was considered “the most beautiful woman in the world”, and had one of the most iconic faces of 1930s and 1940s Hollywood. She provided the inspiration for Snow White and Catwoman. Other actresses tried to look like her, and leading men sought to be with her. But Hedy Lamarr’s glamorous career overshadows her most significant achievements. “Bombshell”, a new documentary film from Alexandra Dean, restores Lamarr’s rightful place in the history not only of film, but of science as well.
Born in 1914 to a Jewish family, Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler grew up absorbing the high culture and creative currents of her native Vienna. Her father was a bank director with a keen curiosity for the world around him, and she inherited his inquisitive mind-set. At the young age of five she took apart her music box in order to put it back together. Importantly, she learned to internalise his admonitions that one must control one’s own destiny.
Her arresting beauty led her into film and away from a career in science….Continue reading
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