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Documentary Night: BOMBSHELL

DIRECTED BY: Alexandra Dean



Post-film Q&A with journalist Fleming Meeks


What do the most ravishingly beautiful actress of the 1930s and 40s and the inventor whose concepts were the basis of cell phone and bluetooth technology have in common? They are both Hedy Lamarr, the glamour icon whose ravishing visage was the inspiration for Snow White and Cat Woman and a technological trailblazer who perfected a radio system to throw Nazi torpedoes off course during WWII. Weaving interviews and clips with never-before-heard audio tapes of Hedy speaking on the record about her incredible life—from her beginnings as an Austrian Jewish emigre to her scandalous nude scene in the 1933 film ECSTASY to her glittering Hollywood life to her ground-breaking, but completely uncredited inventions to her later years when she became a recluse, impoverished and almost forgotten—BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY brings to light the story of an unusual and accomplished woman, spurned as too beautiful to be smart, but a role model to this day.


Fleming Meeks is an award-winning financial journalist whose 30-year career includes a stint as a writer and editor at Forbes in the 1980s and ’90s. There he interviewed Hedy Lamarr, as well as scores of CEOs, billionaires and con men. Meeks worked at Dow Jones for 20 years, principally at Barron’s where he served as Executive Editor for six years. He was also Editor of SmartMoney, the Wall Street Journal Magazine of Personal Finance, for five years. In addition to journalism, Meeks is a poet. His work has been published in the Yale Review, the Kenyon Review and the American Poetry Review.




RUNNING TIME: 90 minutes






Carte Blanche: FREE
Nonmembers - $12
Members - $7
Students/Seniors (Mon - Thu) - $9




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