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The Only Woman in the Room

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The Only Woman in the Room

Hedy Kiesler is lucky. Her beauty leads to a starring role in a controversial film and marriage to a powerful Austrian arms dealer, allowing her to evade Nazi persecution despite her Jewish heritage. But Hedy is also intelligent. At lavish Vienna dinner parties, she overhears the Third Reich's plans. One night in 1937, desperate to escape her controlling husband and the rise of the Nazis, she disguises herself and flees her husband's castle. She lands in Hollywood, where she becomes Hedy Lamarr, screen star. But Hedy is keeping a secret even more shocking than her Jewish heritage: she is a scientist. She has an idea that might help the country and that might ease her guilt for escaping alone --- if anyone will listen to her.

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The Only Woman in the Room
by Marie Benedict


Beth from Franklin, MA
Chelsie from Oshkosh, WI
Cherie from Broadview Heights, OH
Cindi from Maryville, IL
Connie from Rapid City, SD
Elizabeth from Wilbraham, MA
Ella Jean from Alexandria, VA
Gail from Imperial, PA
Gayle from Dayton, OH
Izella from Williamsburg, OH
Jane from Roseville, CA
Jayme from Virginia Beach, VA
Jean from Longview, TX
Jeanine from Duluth, GA
Jennifer from Cottleville, MO
Jill from Rochester Hills, MI
Jill from La Quinta, CA
Joann from New Port Richey, FL
Joanne from White Cloud, MI
Joanne from Towanda, PA
Kate from Bronx, NY
Laura from Atlanta, GA
Laurie from Farmington Hills, MI
Lisa from Canton, MA
Lisa from Salem, OR
Margie from Whittier, CA
Miriam from Rochester Hills, MI
Nancy from Clawson, MI
Nena from Chicago, IL
Roberta from Johns Creek, GA
Robyn from Lemoore, CA
Sharron from Peachtree Corners, GA
Susan from Estero, FL
Teresa from Sykesville, MD
Traci from Gaston, SC