WEEK IN WOMEN: Gal Gadot to Play Hedy Lamarr – Brandy McDonnell reports

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A limited series about the legendary actor and inventor is heading to Apple, which has given a straight-to-series order for the eight episode Hedy Lamarr, starring Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman). The drama, originally set up at Showtime, will air on Apple TV+.

The series will come from Sarah Treem, co-creator of The Affair. It will chronicle the life of Lamarr, the Austrian-born performer who starred in Ecstasy, Samson and Delilah and other films and was once declared “the most beautiful woman in the world.”

In addition, Lamarr was an inventor who, along with her friend George Antheil, a composer, patented a frequency-hopping system during World War II that was a precursor to Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. In 2014, Lamarr and Antheil were inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Lamarr’s life was detailed in the 2017 documentary Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, Later aired as part of PBS’ “American Masters” series and was selected as an AWFJ Movie of the Week. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.