Hollywood star Hedy Lamarr was known as the world’s most beautiful woman – Snow White and Cat Woman were both based on her iconic look. However, her arresting looks and glamorous life stood in the way of her being given the credit she deserved as an ingenious inventor whose pioneering work helped revolutionize modern communication.Mislabeled as “just another pretty face,” Hedy’s true legacy is that of a technological trailblazer. She was an Austrian-Jewish emigre who invented a covert communication system to try and help defeat the Nazis, then gave her patent to the Navy, but was ignored and told to sell kisses for war bonds instead. It was only towards the very end of her life that tech pioneers discovered her concept which is now used as the basis for secure WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth.
Nominated – Jerusalem Film Festival
Winner – Audience Award
Alexandra Dean is an Emmy award-winning Producer and Director. She spent five years producing and directing award-winning programming at PBS before Bloomberg! recruited her to make specials, documentaries and a series on innovators in science and technology. She directed the channel’s most watched documentary of all time: “The Player.” She’s interviewed James Cameron on his quest to invent the perfect camera, Virgin CEO Richard Branson and his dreams for space exploration, Sebastian Thrun on the creation of the world’s first self-driving car. She’s created programmed on dozens of innovators and inventors, but her favorite is Hedy Lamarr.