The Only Woman in the Room chronicles the long and accomplished life of Hedy Lamarr (born Hedwig Keisler), the Hollywood screen star from the 1940s and 1950s. She longs to be a famous actress but also is interested in science. She begins to listen in on conversations at their dinner parties and learns military secrets that she passes on to her husband, hoping to use those secrets to escape from him. The first four fifths of the book covered her abusive relationship with her first husband, an inaccurate relationship with her parents (yes, she was close to her father and her mother was cold, but they never went along with her decision to marry her munitions mogul suitor), descriptions of her costumes and jewels, the controversy over her nude scenes and simulated orgasm in her first movie, her escape to America and, finally, finally, her invention of broad spectrum technology for which she received no recognition during her lifetime. Now, The Only Woman in the Room documents her life and work in a lively, anecdotal history that will appeal to historians, political scientists, newshounds, and ordinary citizens alike. In her latest portrayal of a lesser-known woman scientist, Benedict ( The Other Einstein, 2016, etc.) I'm also baffled as to why this is being published in January (according to the back of my Book Expo ARC), because it's an obvious beach read -- and is written as such. 3.5 stars Thanks to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Landmark for allowing me to read and review this ARC. She is just gaining respect as an actress when she meets her biggest fan, Fritz Mandl. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 23, 2019. Fast forward to the second part of the book, she has escaped Austria and her abusive marriage. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. She is just gaining respect as an actress when she meets her biggest fan, Fritz Mandl. A novel exploration of the life of the actress Hedy Lamarr, her scientific aspirations and her difficult marriage to a Nazi sympathizer. Marie Benedict is a lawyer with more than ten years' experience as a commercial litigator at two of the country's premier law firms. Could the world handle both? I found the story interesting, especially the early part about the relationship with her mother and father, as well as her teenage marriage to the fabulously wealthy Fritz Mandl. The. I preordered this book because I knew a little bit about the real Hedy Keisler. I read The Only Woman in the Room in two sittings over a weekend. As a fan of historical fiction, I found The Only Woman in the Room to be fascinating. How many other opportunities have also been missed due to the oppression of women and their ideas? I do think this will make a great movie, which would benefit from additional information. The Alice Network Kate Quinn. This book isn't bad, but it also isn't good. An incredible and surprising life story that begins when as a young actress, she catches the eye of wealthy Friedrich Mandl, the renowned ‘Merchant of Death’ and Austria’s richest man. She married an older, wealthy man, Fritz Mandl, who manufactured munitions. The book failed to mention that she tinkered with inventions all during her adult life, that the baby she "adopted" because he was an infant refugee from Europe was really her biological son, or that she died a meth addict because she, like many studio stars of that time, was fed uppers and downers so she could work slave hours for the film moguls. Occasionally, it’s mentioned that she read a book about physics, but not much else is given to help us understand her scientific side. I'm not sure if it's just the books I've happened to choose lately, or if popular historical fiction is getting lighter. This is a novel based on the life of Hedy Lamarr (1914-2000). I can see if you knew nothing at all about the actress' history that the book would be extremely interesting. As the trophy wife she is privy to many dinner parties and clandestine meetings between powerful heads of state, and with her amazing intelligence she ta. See all 9 questions about The Only Woman in the Room…, Goodreads Choice Awards 2019 (eligible for write-in only), Readers' Most Anticipated Books of December. And I was left wanting. And does it well. Sourcebooks Landmark, $25.99 (272p) ISBN 978-1-4926-6686-8. His charm during their whirlwind romance (seven weeks) was short-lived. An inspiring book about a remarkable woman. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 10, 2019. The author presents a cursory overview of actress Hedy Lamarr's amazing life and, in such, makes it utterly un-amazing. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. Actress Hedy Lamarr was far more than a pretty face and actress. She eventually arrives in Hollywood where she launches the acting career for which she is well known. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. This is a good story, which whilst I enjoyed reading it in some parts, I was left lacking information at points in the book and certainly at the end. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. She lands in Hollywood where she soon becomes a famous screen star, but behind the façade hides a guilt about the plight of her people in Austria during WW2, that she feels she didn't do enough to try to save before she fled. What a great book it could have been. It inspired me to read more by the author. I know that this book is historical fiction, but from everything I read, Hedy said James was adopted only because he was actually her illegitimate son. With Michael Cornelison, Dee Croxton, Brian Libby, Bob Brunson. Marie Benedict has introduced me once again to a fascinating historical figure. We're talking about the woman who in real life invented wifi and a WWII naval torpedo system. I’m not so sure about this book and most likely it’s me...I expected more but found the tone of the writing to be a bit ‘flat.’ Again, most likely it was me! Also, the whole point was to show how Lamarr was a multi-faceted woman — inventor, actress, etc. Perhaps Benedict was wary of embellishing/fictionalizing too much of the life of someone about whom so much is known, but it resulted in a novel that was a bit flat. The #1 piece of advice I give to young women (and some young men too) is to learn how to take up more space, as much space as their more confident colleagues take up. THE ONLY WOMAN IN THE ROOM moves through events too quickly. I used to read a lot of historical fiction, but over the last couple of years I feel like every time I read a historical fiction novel, I feel like it lacks the depth I am hoping for. We’d love your help. Please try again. Inventor. These words can be used to describe Hedy Lamarr, who comes alive in Marie Benedict’s book, The Only Woman in the Room: a novel. She and Antheil were inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2014 for this invention. I actually was disturbed by her parents willingness to use her fame/ notoriety to “protect” them in the event Austria fell to Hitler. She lived with her Jewish family in Vienna when Hitler was threatening to invade Austria. She is a lawyer with more than ten years' experience as a litigator at two of the country's premier law firms and for Fortune 500 companies. I knew of Hedy Lamarr’s inventiveness and particularly her patent of what became spread spectrum technology, so I was extremely keen to read about her extraordinary life. She eventually escapes from his “rules, locks and fury” but does not fade into the sunset. When I finish a book and sigh at its amazingness, one of the first things I do is read its lesser reviews (there are always some) and try to figure out the disparity. As a result, the character never develops. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. After Austria is enveloped into Germany, her husband begins to work with high-ranking Nazis, and after a failed first attempt she manages to escape Austria and her contro. Another fifty to one hundred pages to add texture and detail to the incidents depicted or to. Reviewed in the United States on January 8, 2019. He gained his wealth by selling munitions in the period leading up to World War II. by Marie Benedict ‧ RELEASE DATE: Jan. 15, 2019. Hedy Lamar was best known as a Hollywood bombshell. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Once Hedwig marries Fritz, she realizes she made a terrible mistake and is imprisoned and abused by her controlling husband. Sourcebooks Landmark. Being the “only” can leave you feeling as an outsider when you just want to be in. Born in Austria to a Jewish family, Hedy attracts the attention of a high-ranking Austrian arms dealer and marries him to try to protect her family from Nazi persecution. This excellent novel begins in the early days of newly appointed chancellor Adolf Hitler. You either find a voice, or you quickly become irrelevant. I was NOT disappointed as she delivered the compelling story of Hedy Lamarr. The author portrays it like Hedy saved James. An incredible and surprising life story that begins when as a young actress, she catches the eye of wealthy Friedrich Mandl, the renowned ‘Merchant of Death’ and Austria’s richest man. Learn how to view your status as a strength, not a stigma. Marie Benedict, AKA Heather Terrell, writes both adult and young adult fiction. She longs to be a famous actress but also is interested in science. If I could have given it 3.5 stars, I would have, but that wasn't possible. spins the tale of Lamarr, born Hedwig Kiesler, from her late teens in Austria … What should have been a fascinating story suffered from boring writing. Well, in an “only woman in the room” scenario, that isn’t an option. An inspiring book about a remarkable woman. She also developed the principle of Bluetooth technology. However I regret the choice of the author to write in 1st person voice. Are there more glaring errors like this or am i misinterpreting this? Never did it seem to be the author's intention to tell the entire story from beginning to end - instead, it is a well-told snapshot of a very specific aspect of a multi-faceted woman. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 7, 2019. "The Only Woman In The Room" is a true story about a wonderful person. All opinions are my own and are not influenced by the publisher. That she had escaped from a war torn Europe and possessed a genius mind behind her stunning looks. It starts when Hedy Kiesler is a 19 year old aspiring actress in Vienna being pursued by Fritz Mandl the wealthiest man in Austria. As a very young woman, Hedy marries one of the richest men in Austria, the munitions manufacturer Fritz Mandl. When You’re the Only Woman in the Room Intro Marie Benedict beautifully captures the strength and tenacity of a woman who was sought after because of her beauty, but never settled to be treated less than she was worth. A powerful novel based on the incredible true story of the glamour icon and scientist whose groundbreaking invention revolutionized modern communication, The Only Woman in the Room is a masterpiece. When she becomes an inventor, there's nothing written in the character that allows this development to make sense. Verified Purchase. Visit her online at authormariebenedict.com. January 8th 2019 After marrying Hedi, he becomes controlling and abusive. THE ONLY WOMAN IN THE ROOM moves through events too quickly. Th. She became Hedy Lamarr, screen star. I loved Carnegie’s Maid so I was excited that Marie Benedict had a new book coming out. Yes Carnegie's Maid is a worthwhile read. She embarked on a new, thematically connected series of historical fiction excavating th. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. Directed by Frank Darabont. Another fifty to one hundred pages to add texture and detail to the incidents depicted or to include Hedy's childhood or something to add depth and richness to a story that never quite sparked and sparkled in a manner worthy of its subject. Full content visible, double tap to read brief content. She is a lawyer with more than ten years' experience as a litigator at two of the country's premier law firms and for Fortune 500 companies. But there was so much more to her story than her rise to stardom. Something went wrong. Yes Carnegie's Maid is a worthwhile read. A powerful novel based on the incredible true story of the glamour icon and scientist whose groundbreaking invention revolutionized modern … I read The Only Woman in the Room in two sittings over a weekend. Her beauty almost certainly saved her from the rising Nazi party and led to marriage with an Austrian arms dealer. I would heartily recommend people to read and learn about this outstanding, in every way, person. As a result, the character never dev. Her passport said she was an American citizen, but Beate Sirota had lived for 10 years in Akasaka, Tokyo with her Russian Jewish parents (her father Leo Sirota was a celebrated musician from Vienna and a … "If you do find yourself the only woman in the room, first of all try to get another woman in there with you. She was primarily known as an actress, but she was also an inventor. A powerful novel based on the incredible true story of the glamour icon and scientist whose groundbreaking invention revolutionized modern communication, THE ONLY WOMAN IN THE ROOM is a masterpiece. Hedy Lamarr had an amazing life, and was much more than a beautiful actress. Please choose a different delivery location or purchase from another seller. I just can't with this. But Hedwig’s parents are concerned about the developing hatred for Jews and believes a marriage between Hedwig and Fritz will save them all. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. Likewise, her physical appearance doesn't come to mind either...a bit before my time maybe? From her marriage to an Austrian arms dealer before World War Two to her career as an American movie star, she fought to become more than just a pretty face. Brief content visible, double tap to read full content. Similar books by other authors. She is incurably ill, but she cannot die. The Only Woman in the Room Instead, my favorite historical fiction novels inspired me to want to learn MORE. This is such a watered down story of such an intelligent woman who has changed the course of history through her inventions and ambition. Marie Benedict is the author of The Other Einstein, Carnegie's Maid, The Only Woman in the Room, and Lady Clementine. This fast-paced Historical fiction novel tells the story of actress Hedy Lamarr, from Austrian actress to the wife of an arms dealer with ties to the Nazi party, to Hollywood starlet and inventor. A disappointing book about a fascinating woman. Her father encourages her to pursue both. Only her son, a lawyer, could bring her relief. by Sourcebooks Landmark. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Reviewed in the United States on February 27, 2019. In addition to acting, Hedy invented the concept of a torpedo steering system (using frequency hopping) with the help of George Antheil. Although, the book was well researched and interesting in parts, there were other parts that seem to go on and on, if only I could have taken those parts out, or squashed them together, the book wouldn't have suffered from the midway slump that it did. The book is based on the real life of Hedy Lamarr. As a 24-year-old corporate lawyer at Skadden, Arps in New York City in the mid-1990s, Marie Benedict was often the only woman in a room full of … Your selected delivery location is beyond seller's shipping coverage for this item. As a fan of historical fiction, I found The Only Woman in the Room to be fascinating. Refresh and try again. “The Only Woman in the Room” is stuck between being an actual novel that illustrates characters’ interior lives and creates emotional stakes and a biography that draws a straightforward and clear line between discrete live events. They were unguarded in some of their conversations because they only saw her stunning beauty, and didn't realize she also had a brillian. Hedy Lamarr was a brilliant, fascinating woman and while Benedict hit the highlights of her life, that's all she did—hit the highlights. She devised a plan to flee in disguise from their castle, and the whirlwind escape landed her in Hollywood. It is an interesting take on Hedy LaMarr’s life. As I read, I wanted to hurl the book across the room many times. “Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” 1. The first part of the book is set in pre-WW2 Austria, where as an aspiring actress she is forced into marriage with a notorious arms dealer. The Only Woman in the Room. The book showed me Lamar's steely determination, even at the age of 19. She was 19 years old when the story starts in 1933 and when she was starring in Sissy at the Theater an der Wien, and when she starts dating Mandl. It was an okay read but I’d have loved to have enjoyed it, especially as it was based on a true story. I recommended it for my book group and led the discussion. The New York Times and USA Today Bestseller! How... 3. During her marriage she overheard conversations between military and political leaders from Austria, Germany, and Italy. This one was a page-turner for me and one that certainly had me doing more research as soon as I'd gotten to the last page. Interesting details from Hedy's life as a film star and a self-taught scientist could have filled out the story, but did not appear. When he decides to do so, it starts his personal nightmare. She then released CARNEGIE'S MAID, the story of a brilliant woman who may have spurred Andrew Carnegie toward philanthropy, followed by the NYTimes bestseller THE ONLY WOMAN IN THE ROOM, the tale of the Golden Age of Hollywood actress Hedy Lamarr who made a world-changing invention, and LADY CLEMENTINE about Winston Churchill's wife. There's a problem loading this menu right now. There were so many opportunities to elaborate the story line and build more impact and character information. “But I had stared the leaders of our enemies in the eyes and turned my ear to their voices, and I knew the terror they meant to wreak upon our world.”, “could never really leave the first history behind. It showcases the life and vast accomplishments of beautiful and intelligent Heidi Kiesler (aka Hedi Lamarr). Ships from and sold by W I L K I N S O N - B O O K S. Help others learn more about this product by uploading a video! … We could have actually cared. While I found the novel unbalanced, the relationship Hedy had with her mother gave me food for thought- if it were not for some hurtful relationships, how would we know our own strength? I felt that this account focused 90% on Hedy Lamarr's beauty and 10% on her brains. She married an older, wealthy man, Fritz Mandl, who manufactured munitions. DNF at 20%. In reality she was also a very intelligent inventor. As expected, there were few that were not glowing and those that were seemed to be disgruntled that there was so much more to Hedy Lamarr than what this book contained. If you’re a woman in a male dominated field, such as technology, you may have had an experience of b e ing the only woman in the room. And that is rarely the aim of h. When I finish a book and sigh at its amazingness, one of the first things I do is read its lesser reviews (there are always some) and try to figure out the disparity. Hedy escaped from her controlling husband before the Nazis invaded Austria, and eventually came to Hollywood. Unable to forget the horrors she witnessed in Austria, she recruits a partner (George Antheil), and they quietly begin work on an invention that she hopes will help the United States win the war against Germany. The story starts in 1933, with Hedy performing in a play about Empress Elizabeth. The Address Lamarr's story is so compelling and captivating. I couldn’t help wondering what the real Hedy said and thought. She possessed a stunning beauty. Actress. Publication Date: August 6, 2019; Genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Women's Fiction; Paperback: 336 pages; Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark; ISBN-10: 1492666890; ISBN-13: 9781492666899 Hedy Lamarr was a brilliant, fascinating woman and while Benedict hit the highlights of her life, that's all she did—hit the highlights. However, one thing that irritated me was the reference to the “adoption” of her son James. Reviewed in the United States on January 29, 2019. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. It inspired me to read more by the author. At the start I forgot I was reading about a real person, but when I recalled who she was, I could not but be amazed. Marie Benedict beautifully captures the strength and tenacity of a woman who was sought after be. She also possessed a stunning mind. Most people only know Lamarr as an American screen star, but she invented what would become modern technology that we all depend upon today. Hedy Lamarr was both stunningly beautiful and stunningly smart. So well written, I couldn’t put it down! I picked this up as it was the Barnes & Nobel monthly book club selection. He gained his wealth by selling munitions in the period leading up to World War II. My thanks to Sourcebooks Landmark, Booktrib, and The Girly Book Club for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. She goes on to make significant contributions in the world of invention and scientific achievements. She lived with her Jewish family in Vienna when Hitler was threatening to invade Austria. For example, Lamarr's custody battle for her son takes one sentence. Once Hedwig marries Fritz. This is a fictionalised account of screen siren Hedy Lamarr, known for her beauty, but not recognised until recently for her outstanding contribution to science. Beauty. They were inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2014. Marie Benedict has introduced me once again to a fascinating historical figure. She is perhaps best known as Marie Benedict for her works of historical fiction: The Only Woman in the Room (2019), Carnegie's Maid (2018), and The Other Einstein (2016). At the end I'm left wanting the biography I thought I was choosing. In short, here was a woman who yearned to be taken seriously all her life and then was given short shrift by this poorly written novel. Being 'the Only Woman in the Room' Is Not the Same as Being Black. less …. She embarked on a new, thematically connected series of historical fiction excavating the stories of important, complex and fascinating women from the past with THE OTHER EINSTEIN, which tells the tale of Albert Einstein's first wife, a physicist herself, and the role she might have played in his theories. Her invention along with George Antheil wasn’t incorporated by the US Navy until the 1960s; the principles of their work are incorporated into Bluetooth technology. Marie Benedict’s The Only Woman in the Room is the story of Hedy Lamarr, a woman best known for her roles on the silver screen. Underestimated in everything else, she overheard the Third Reich's plans while at her husband's side, understanding more than anyone would guess. Mandl has quite a reputation with women and as an Austrian arms dealer. During her marriage she overheard conversations between military and political leaders from Austria, Germany, and Italy. While practicing as a NYC lawyer, Marie dreamed of a fantastical job unearthing the hidden historical stories of women -- and finally found it when she tried her hand at writing. Most people only know Lamarr as an American screen star, but she invented what would become modern technology that we all depend upon today. Her latest book -- THE MYSTERY OF MRS. CHRISTIE -- focuses on the real-life disappearance of Agatha Christie and the role it played in shaping her into the world's most successful novelist. It fell flat for me, but I had high expectations. But Hedwig’s parents are concerned about the developing hatred for Jews and believes a marriage between Hedwig and Fritz will save them all. To have such a complex woman with a life full of hardships and to only tell the story of her first husband and to continually recycle the same thoughts in her internal dialogue because this book basically is a regurgitation of her Wiki page does such a disservice to Hedy’s life. She developed, along with George Antheil, a radio guidance system for torpedoes. This fast-paced Historical fiction novel tells the story of actress Hedy Lamarr, from Austrian actress to the wife of an arms dealer with ties to the Nazi party, to Hollywood starlet and inventor. Although we were scheduled to book club this in March 2020, it's been shelved until when we can resume meetings again due to the Pandemic. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 20, 2020. But she kept a secret more shocking than her heritage or her marriage: she was a scientist. One of the most beautiful women ever to grace the silver screen, Hedy Lamarr also designed a secret weapon against Nazi Germany. It starts when Hedy Kiesler is a 19 year old aspiring actress in Vienna being pursued by Fritz Mandl the wealthiest man in Austria. This book isn't bad, but it also isn't good. It showcases the life and vast accomplishments of beautiful and intelligent Heidi Kiesler (aka Hedi Lamarr). Please try your request again later. In reality she was also a very intelligent inventor. 2.5⭐️. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. Fantastic read. Author Marie Benedict gives some life to Ms. Lamarr’s off-screen ambitions as a scientist and inventor. Mandl has quite a reputation with women and as an Austrian arms dealer. Reviewed in the United States on January 27, 2019. The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek: A Novel. This is a fascinating insight into a famous movie star and gives insight into Austria in the 30s, Hollywood in the 40s and the place of women in society and science. 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