Richard Rhodes: "Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr"
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Hedwig Kiesler was born in Vienna in 1913. The only child of well-to-do, assimilated Jewish parents, she dreamed of becoming a movie star. At 16, she dropped out of school to pursue an acting career. At 20, she married a wealthy Austrian arms dealer to the Nazis. Divorced three years later and on a ship to America, she met MGM head Louis B. Mayer and changed her name to Hedy Lamarr. She arrived in Hollywood with not only acting talent and beauty, but also a knowledge of military technology and a love for inventing. One of her patents for a new wireless technology became the basis for bluetooth, GPS, wireless telephones and most military communications. She was often called the most beautiful woman in the world. The author of a new biography reveals she was much more. Richard Rhodes sets the record straight and explains what it takes to be an inventor.
author or editor of 23 books including "The Making of the Atomic Bomb, which won a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award and a National Book Critics Circle Award.