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Tinseltown Inventor Hedy Lamarr, April 29, 2018

Tinseltown Inventor: The Most Beautiful Woman in the World—Hedy Lamarr
Interpreted by Judith Kalaora

Sunday, April 29, 2018, 2:00 p.m.
Community Room, Needham Free Public Library
1139 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA 02494

Free and open to the public
Sponsored by the Friends of the Needham Public Library

Upon hearing the name Hedy Lamarr, whom do you see? A smoldering, bejeweled temptress, perched on velour cusions, in the 1949 Hollywood classic Samson and Delilah? Or, a demure and professionally clad inventor, embarking on scientific ideas that were generations ahead of her time?

Hedy Lamarr was not only a great star in Hollywood's Golden Age, she was also devoted to helping the Allies win World War II. Whether selling war bonds for $50,000 a kiss, or inventing a secret communication system together with American avant-garde composer George Antheil, Hedy Lamarr knows she is more than just a glamorous girl! Judith Kalaora of History at Play™ introduces you to a woman clouded in a fantasy world that only Tinseltown could create. Watch, as this young Viennese refugee transforms to become "The Most Beautiful Woman in the World", all the while inventing technology that would become the forerunner to GPS, Wi-Fi, and all wireless telecommunications using spread spectrum technology.

This program is suitable for ages 13 and up.

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