If Hedy Lamarr had not been repeatedly treated like a second class citizen because of sexism and disrespect for immigrants, she should have been as rich as Oprah, a recipient of a Kennedy Center Honor and an American citizen awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom. Instead, in her later years, she was seen as a former screen beauty and, for a while, she was getting by on her monthly Social Security. Hedy's inventions laid the groundwork for the technology we know today as GPS and WiFi. While on a ski trip with one of her husbands in the 1950s, she noticed an area and had a vision for its business potential. She got the undiscovered area and built a ski resort on it based on the ones she loved in her native Austria. She built this resort in a little-known place called...Aspen in Colorado.
She and the husband divorced. During the divorce proceedings, she missed a court date because one of her children was in an accident and in critical condition. The judge got mad at Hedy for missing the court date and gave the lucrative Aspen ski chalet business to the oilman husband. The child recovered. Hedy was a broke single mother actively pursuing work. Throughout these valleys in her life and career, valleys that seemed to outnumber the peaks, she is never bitter. We hear her words in phone calls with her children and in taped interviews.
Hollywood stardom and glamour were too small and boring for her. Beautiful, yes. But her real beauty was her spectacular scientific brain and how it was used to help others. Trust me on this. You'll will be stunned and surprised at what you learn in BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY. It's on Netflix.