The Only Woman in the Room

The Only Woman in the Room

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Hedy Kiesler is lucky. Her beauty leads to a starring role in a controversial film and marriage to a powerful Austrian arms dealer, allowing her to evade Nazi persecution despite her Jewish heritage. But Hedy is also intelligent. At lavish Vienna dinner parties, she overhears the Third Reich's plans. One night in 1937, desperate to escape her controlling husband and the rise of the Nazis, she disguises herself and flees her husband's castle. She lands in Hollywood, where she becomes Hedy Lamarr, screen star. But Hedy is keeping a secret even more shocking than her Jewish heritage: she is a scientist. She has an idea that might help the country and that might ease her guilt for escaping alone -- if anyone will listen to her. A powerful novel based on the incredible true story of the glamour icon and scientist whose groundbreaking invention revolutionized modern communication.
Publisher: Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Landmark, 2019
ISBN: 9781492666868
1492666866
Branch Call Number: FICTION Ben
Description: 254 pages ; 24 cm

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Before she became a movie star, Hedy Lamarr lived in Europe and spied on her Nazi husband and his colleagues. Finally, she had to flee for her life and ended up in Hollywood, where she turned to acting. However, she still had more to contribute to the war effort with her scientific invention, whi... Read More »

This rousing historical novel imagines lesser known aspects of Hedy Lamarr's life - before she took the film world by storm.


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2greyts
Jul 18, 2020

A superb story with multiple lessons that is sadly scuttled by the author’s overemphasis on the protagonist’s gewissensbiss.

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laphampeak
Mar 18, 2020

It's always intriguing to read of a person known for one thing but who has another, almost double, life we never knew about. Hedy Lamarr was known as a Hollywood glam actress but harbored a unique and fascinating involvement with key players in World War II and specifically torpedo design development. Benedict's remarkable story behind this actress is inspiring at a time when history has neglected such women of importance.

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tammygfarmgirl
Jan 04, 2020

I love Melanie Benjamin's books about the unknown stories of famous women, so when I found Marie Benedict, in the same vein, I was so happy! This book about screen siren Hedy Lamarr and her scientific bent was so good! Highly recommend!

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llocas
Sep 16, 2019

I really found the book interesting. I will now read Rhodes' book. I would like to find out if her husband was really abusive.

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Claudia56
Aug 31, 2019

Bas Bleu catalog

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1000books_and
Jul 16, 2019

Very interesting read. What a brilliant mind!

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denisekleinman
Jul 04, 2019

Her life story is compelling but I lost interest after she left her husband. It's not very well written and I'm surprised it's receiving such wide acclaim.

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pieperdb
Jun 04, 2019

Book Group.

RandomLibrarian Apr 25, 2019

It's interesting to read about the life of Hedy Lamarr. From her early days as a stage actress to her glamorous (yet unhappy) marriage to a rich munitions manufacturer to her Hollywood success and secret life as an inventor, Lamarr was not "just a pretty face". I would have liked to see more focus on her life after inventing the frequency switching method; the ending was so abrupt and I feel like we missed out on a lot of things she did past the early months of 1942. The story is compelling, easy to read, and engrossing; you can pair this novel with the non-fiction account "Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World" by Richard Rhodes.

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