She was dubbed "the most beautiful woman in the world" - but never received the recognition she deserved for an invention that formed the basis for mobile phones.
The remarkable life of 1940s Hollywood 'bombshell' Hedy Lamarr will be dramatized in a play by award-winning playwright Mike Broemmel over the next five nights in a new Belfast studio space as part of the Féile an Phobail festival.
Stand Still and Look Stupid will tell the story of how Austrian-born Lamarr - whose face was used to inspire Walt Disney's original Snow White - fled her home in 1937 as well as her husband, who was supplying arms to Hitler, to become a movie star and fervent anti-Nazi.
Filming by day, she spent her evenings at her drawing board trying to find a way to help the Allies win the war.
The enigmatic actress, who was married six times and had a colourful private life, created a device that allowed 'radio hopping' and developed a secret communications system - one that would lay the foundation for most of the world's secure systems, including military satellites and wi-fi.
The one-woman play features American actress Emily Ebertz and is being hosted by Belfast Exposed Photography co-founder Sean McKernan in his new studio in the city's Chapel Lane - that was once a newspaper's 'darkroom' during the Troubles.
Produced by a Colorado-based theatre company that stages plays in 'non traditional spaces', a question and answer session will follow each performance.