Susan Sarandon Boards Hedy Lamarr Documentary

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Susan Sarandon and Reframed Pictures are partnering with American Masters and Submarine on a documentary about Hedy Lamarr.

“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.

Alexandra Dean will direct the film with the working title “Hedy: The Untold Story of Actress and Inventor Hedy Lamarr.” Katherine Drew and Adam Haggiag will produce, Sarandon and Michael Kantor will exec produce, and David Koh and Dan Braun of Submarine will co-produce.

The film will be produced in association with Thirteen Productions LLC’s American Masters for WNET, and have its exclusive U.S. broadcast premiere on the “American Masters” series on PBS. The documentary received funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Lamarr, who would have turned 101 on Monday, is celebrated today with a Google doodle.

Lamarr appeared nude at the age of 17 in the 1933 Czech film “Ecstasy” and later married a prominent Austrian businessman who became a weapons dealer to the Nazis. Lamarr, who was born Jewish, fled her husband in the middle of the night, boarding a boat for America with nothing to her name except a single designer gown. She eventually convinced MGM boss Louis B. Mayer to sign her to a deal.

She married six times. Lamarr was also a secret inventor who helped the Allies win the war with a wireless form of communication called “frequency hopping,” which would go on to revolutionize communications all over the world.

Submarine has pre-sold the German and Austrian rights to NFP Films; pan-Scandinavian rights to NonStop Entertainment; Canadian rights to Films We Like; and U.K. distribution rights and the rest of the world to Dogwoof.

The deal was announced at the American Film Market. Submarine is representing theatrical and the rest of the rights, minus television, for the U.S.

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  1. Jerry Millman says:

    has this film been made yet?

  2. delete imvu says:

    I remember that story, but can’t remember the woman’s name who’s hair they used on bomber sites because it was so fine.

  3. Lee says:

    I, your name, pledge allegiance to Hedy Lamarr (that’s Hedley!) and to the evil for which he stands.

  4. aBRAMSON says:

    Another true JEWISH heroine recognized for her brilliant mind.

  5. Dennis Kouba says:

    This is great news. Another true heroine recognized for her brilliant mind.

  6. Hedge says:

    Of course, if Sarandon is involved there must be a politically correct axe to grind. How heinous to define a beautiful actress by her appearance.

  7. John Shontz says:

    Sadly, Lamar was too far ahead of her time. She let the patent on her invention lapse and neither she or her heirs have benefited form her invention which did, indeed, make today’s digital age possible. She was brilliant and brave; she used both her brain and her heart in her life and in her profession. Thank you Heddi and God keep you.

    • Chisel says:

      A patent doesn’t lapse – it simply runs out after time; unlike a registered trademark, it can’t be renewed. The invention goes into the public domain after the patent expires (I believe after 17 years when initially registered back in the 1940s). From what I have read, Hedy’s frequency hopping invention was not picked utilized by the military (or industry) until after her patent expired. The concept she and George Anthiel conceived is used in today’s spread spectrum security systems (used in many wireless devices such as home cordless phones and cellular phones).

    • I didn’t realize she had let the
      patent lapse. I though she had become rich in her later years because of it.

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