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Did You Know Hedy Lamarr Was a Secret Genius Inventor?

Hollywood icon by day, genius radio scientist by night—no, it’s not the logline for a new Lifetime film, it’s the true story behind Hedy Lamarr, one of the most acclaimed and obsessed-over actresses of the 20th century. Unfortunately for Hedy, her looks overshadowed her brilliant mind, and left her unappreciated for who she truly was: a world class inventor whom you can thank for a litany of things, including frequency hopping—a.k.a. the thing that keeps your phone and laptops encrypted and safe even now.

Thankfully, I got the opportunity to speak with the documentary filmmaker Alexandra Dean about Hedy’s brilliance, and it’s something she knows firsthand, thanks to her new feature Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story. But don’t just trust us—listen to Hedy’s words yourself in the below clip:

Like what you saw there? Interested in more discussions with, by, and about women, where everyone—yes everyone (and yes, even you!)—is invited to nerd out about science and culture, talk about what matters, learn new things, nerd out over history, meet awesome ladies, and feel all your myriad feelings from a decidedly different point of view? Well let me go out on a limb and say that Fangirling is for you! And this season, we’ve got a heaping helping of everything you could want, every Wednesday on Alpha.

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Alicia Lutes is the Managing Editor, creator/host of Fangirling, and resident Khaleesi of House Nerdist. Find her on Twitter!

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Images: Adrian Curry, Zeitgeist Films

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