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Hedy Lamarr: An Incredible Life
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August 2020: Other Books > (Poll Ballot) Hedy Lamarr: An Incredible Life by William Roy - 3 stars

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Ellen | 2235 comments This well-drawn graphic novel covers the life of legendary actress Hedy Lamarr from her birth in 1919 in Austria through her death in 2000. Always a strikingly beautiful woman, Hedy was frustrated that she was only seen as a pretty face and never valued for the brain behind it. She was a talented inventor who delved into the field of radio frequency, most especially during WWII, and was at the forefront of what would one day turn out to be WiFi. She did not have the happiest of a personal life marrying 5 times with just as many divorces. Her first marriage was to a man who was friendly with Hitler and who was so filled with jealousy that he kept Hedy a virtual prisoner in their home. She escaped, literally, and fled to Hollywood where she became a much sought after star. I read a book about her life earlier this year: "The Only Woman in the Room". She was a fascinating woman.

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Theresa | 7609 comments That book absolutely lit up my friend`s 9 year old son, who got a personally autographed copy at his school when the author came to speak. He attends what we refer to as Nerd School - Hunter in NYC. Same school Lin-Manuel Miranda and his wife Vanessa Nadal attended through high school.

Ellen | 2235 comments What an awesome gift to this youngster!

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