New film reveals the untold story of bombshell and inventor Hedy Lamarr

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Starlet of the silver screen Hedy Lamarr was once considered the “most beautiful woman in the world.” But few may know that the legendary actress was responsible for a technological breakthrough that has become the basis for the security of today’s WiFi and GPS, and invented a “secret communication system” to assist the Allies in WWII. Alexandra Dean’s documentary Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story shares a rare glimpse into the genius behind the scenes. Through archival recordings, Dean reveals that Lamarr’s struggle to have her invention taken seriously was one of defiance, brilliance, and heroism.

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story will screen from Saturday, Jan. 6 through Saturday, Jan. 13 at the Detroit Film Theatre; Show times vary; 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-7900; dia.org; Tickets are $9.50 or $7.50 for students, seniors, and DIA members.