Beautiful: The Life of Hedy Lamarr

Thomas Dunne Books, 2010. First edition. Hardcover. First edition/printing. Fine in bright, crisp dust jacket with a small flaw top of the front gutter fold. Hardcover. xii+464 pp. with bibliography, index. Illustrated with photographs. Biography of the Austrian-born actress who is considered by many to be the most beautiful woman ever to appear in the movies in the 20th century, Hedy Lamarr (1914-2000). Hedwig (Hedy) Kiesler's performance career began on the stage and in light comedies in Austria in the 1920s but it was her famous nude scene in "Ecstacy" (1933) that awakened the world to her dramatic abilities. She and her husband fled Nazi Germany in the 30s, coming to Hollywood (where MGM changed her name to Hedy Lamarr. But Hedy was far more than a pretty face---she was a brilliant scientific inventor as well. Her most important discovery was a system she developed during World War II to more accurately target torpedoes and detect and scramble incoming ones. The Navy would not use the system until the 1960s but Hedy's inventions were a vital part in the eventual development of cell phones. Fine / near fine. Item #E23537
ISBN: 9780312550981

Price: $24.95

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