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Susan Sarandon to Exec-Produce Doc About Inventor and Actress Hedy Lamarr

Susan Sarandon to Exec-Produce Doc About Inventor and Actress Hedy Lamarr

Hedy Lamarr is getting the doc treatment from executive producer Susan Sarandon and director Alexandra Dean, and it’s no wonder given Lamarr’s legendary careers — yes, plural — as both a Hollywood actress and genius inventor. Lamarr, the first woman to simulate an orgasm on-screen in a theatrically released film, made history off-screen as well: without her contributions, we wouldn’t have Wi-Fi.

In addition to her remarkable professional life, Lamarr’s personal life is noteworthy, to say the least: when her businessman husband began dealing weapons to Nazis, the Jewish-born actress fled him and Austria in the middle of the night. She took a boat to America and negotiated a contract at MGM. 

Sarandon and Reframed Pictures are teaming up with American Masters and Submarine on the doc, tentatively titled “Hedy: The Untold Story of Actress and Inventor Hedy Lamarr.” The film will make its U.S. broadcast premiere on the “American Masters” series on PBS. 

“This is the story of a Hollywood actress, defined by her appearance, who is secretly a brilliant inventor and changes the course of history,” said Sarandon.

[via Variety]

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