Why this book?
Having written my own book, I was anxious to read about other stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age. The Only Woman in the Room, the story of Hedy Lamarr, didn’t disappoint. Hedwig Kiesler was an Austrian stage actress when Fritz Mandl, a wealthy arms dealer, began to court her. Of Jewish background, Hedy’s parents thought Mandl would protect the family from the rising Nazi threat. As Mandl’s wife, Hedy attended meetings in which weaponry and the secret maneuverings of the Third Reich were discussed. She was “the only woman in the room.” No one expected her to understand the conversations, but Hedy had a keen interest in science. After she escaped Austria and landed in Hollywood, becoming the famed Hedy Lamarr, she devised a plan to thwart the Nazi war machine.
The Only Woman in the Room
Why should I read it?
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What is this book about?
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Bestselling author Marie Benedict reveals the story of a brilliant woman scientist only remembered for her beauty.
Her beauty almost certainly saved her from the rising Nazi party and led to marriage with an Austrian arms dealer. Underestimated in everything else, she overheard the Third Reich's plans while at her husband's side and understood more than anyone would guess. She devised a plan to flee in disguise from their castle, and the whirlwind escape landed her in Hollywood. She became Hedy Lamarr, screen star.
But she kept a secret more shocking…