Sunday, September 28, 2014

Stars & Their Hobbies ~ Hedy Lamarr

Hedy Lamarr, inventions

"Heddy invented as a hobby. Since she made two or three movies a year, each one taking about a month to shoot, she had spare time to fill. She didn't drink and she didn't like to party, so she took up inventing. When she was a girl, her father, a Viennese banker, had encouraged her interest in how the world worked, taking walks with her and explaining the mechanics of the machinery they encountered. As a young woman, before she emigrated from Austria to the United States, se married a munitions manufacturer and listened in on the technical discussions he head with his Austrian and German military clients. She also had a keen sense of the world's large and small failings, some of which she decided she could fix. In hollywood she set up an inventor's corner in the drawing room of her house, complete with a drafting table and lamp and all the necessary drafting tools." -- Richard Rhodes, Hedy's Folly

Hedy Lamarr and George Antheil's Patent

Stay tuned for more on this coming up!

My series Stars & Their Hobbies explores how notable actors and actresses from Hollywood history spent their free time. Click here to view a complete list of entries.


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