The actor, who depicted films first female orgasm, was well known for her scandalous love life and sultry beauty. Now, a new documentary explores how her scientific talents were vastly overlooked
Hedy Lamarr, the star MGM called the most beautiful woman in the world, had two of the worst-kept secrets in Hollywood. One of them, she could never escape until long after her career was over. The other, the press took little interest in at the time but since her death in 2000, this is the story that has come to define her. A new documentary about Lamarrs life, released this weekend, encapsulates both stories one about sex and the other about science in the innuendo of its title: Bombshell. Lamarrs story is one of a brilliant woman who was consistently underestimated. It also gives us the clearest possible illustration of why on-screen representation matters of all the parts that Lamarr was given to play, none of them was as fantastic, or inspirational, as her real life.