Austrian actress Hedwig Kiesler made her first splash in the 1933 film, “Ecstasy”. Her astonishing good looks (and onscreen nudity) caused a sensation and resulted in an MGM contract. The newly dubbed Hedy Lamarr went on to acclaim in Hollywood, but her heart was never in it. She had other off-screen interests, and together with friend George Antheil, she went on to invent a radio guidance system that forms the basis of modern Bluetooth and WiFi technology.
Using recently recovered audio cassettes of a 1990 telephone interview with Lamarr, much of this portrait unspools in the actress’s own words. Director Dean then fleshes out this incredible true story with revealing archival footage and insights from film scholars, scientists and family members. Through it all, Lamarr herself remains a tragic enigma: a woman cursed with breathtaking physical beauty who should have been known and celebrated for her mind.