Hedy Lamarr was a vivacious screen presence, who was a force over three decades. Many may not know the Austrian actress was also one of the world’s most important inventors. Her “Spread Spectrum Technology” would form the basis of cell phone and Bluetooth technology. As successful as she was in other fields, Lamarr would admit that she equally failed at being a spouse and parent.
Filmmaker Alexandra Dean is an Emmy Award-winning producer and journalist. Her latest work is the documentary Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story. Dean is currently at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. WBEZ film contributor Milos Stehlik of Facets Chicago will chat with her about Lamarr, one of the more complex and significant figures of the 20th century.
Bombshell is now showing at Music Box Theatre through Jan. 25.