Jan 8, 2019
Most people know Hedy Lamarr as one of the stars of Hollywood's Golden Age, billed by MGM as "the most beautiful woman in the world." What many people don't know is that the Austrian émigré was also a brilliant scientist and inventor who worked to develop radio technologies to help defeat the Axis powers in World War II – and that her innovations have been incorporated into many devices familiar to us today. Marie Benedict's new novel The Only Woman in the Room is a bold new re-imagining of this fascinating figure, and it's the Barnes & Noble Book Club selection for January 2019. In this episode, Marie Benedict joins Miwa Messer for a discussion of Lamarr's extraordinary true story, and how she crafts her fiction out of the lives of women often left out of the history books.