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Ladies Book Club enjoys another exciting page-turner

February 29, 2012

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The latest selection for the Ladies Book Club was the best-selling book “Hedy’s Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World.” While meeting recently over coffee and cookies in the Ladies Lounge in the Club, the group enjoyed a lively discussion about Lamarr’s incredible life story, which at times reads more like fiction than non-fiction. Written by Richard Rhodes, the book tells how the Austrian-born Lamarr fled to America at the beginning of World War II to escape her Nazi arms dealer husband. Already an actress, Lamarr went on to become one of the most glamorous stars in Hollywood. But what’s really remarkable about her tale is that she had another highly usual talent. In 1942 Lamarr, who had a head for science, received a U.S. patent for co-inventing a radio-controlled “spread spectrum” torpedo-guidance system to be used by the Navy to destroy Nazi U-boats. The government’s unexpected reaction to Lamarr, the epitome of beauty and brains, makes the story even more unbelievable. Once a month, the women in Old Palm’s Ladies Book Club meet to discuss fascinating stories such as this. And they’d love for you to join them.


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