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Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World

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More than a quarter-century after his death, Bob Fosseand#8217;s fingerprints on popular culture remain indelible. The only person ever to win Oscar, Emmy, and Tony awards in the same year, Fosse revolutionized nearly every facet of American entertainment, forever marking Broadway and Hollywood with his iconic style and#8212; hat tilted, fingers splayed and#8212; that would influence generations of performing artists. Yet in spite of Fosseand#8217;s innumerable achievements, no accomplishment ever seemed to satisfy him, and offstage his life was shadowed in turmoil and anxiety.Now, bestselling author Sam Wasson unveils the man behind the swaggering sex appeal, tracing Fosseand#8217;s untold reinventions of himself over a career that would spawn The Pajama Game, Cabaret, Pippin, All That Jazz, and Chicago, one of the longest-running Broadway musicals ever. Drawing on a wealth of unpublished material and hundreds of sources and#8212; friends, enemies, lovers, and collaborators, many of whom have never spoken publicly about Fosse before and#8212; Wasson illuminates not only Fosseand#8217;s prodigious professional life, but also his close and conflicted relationships with everyone from Liza Minnelli to Ann Reinking to Jessica Lange and Dustin Hoffman. Wasson also uncovers the deep wounds that propelled Fosseand#8217;s insatiable appetites and#8212; for spotlights, women, and life itself. In this sweeping, richly detailed account, Wassonand#8217;s stylish, effervescent prose proves the ideal vehicle for revealing Bob Fosse as he truly was and#8212; after hours, close up, and in vibrant color.

Synopsis:

The authoritative and endlesslyand#160;revealing biography of renowned dancer, choreographer, screenwriter, and director Bob Fosse, written by a bestselling pop culture historian.

Synopsis:

What do Hedy Lamarr, avant-garde composer George Antheil, and your cell phone have in common? The answer is spread-spectrum radio: a revolutionary inven­tion based on the rapid switching of communications sig­nals among a spread of different frequencies. Without this technology, we would not have the digital comforts that we take for granted today.

Only a writer of Richard Rhodes’s caliber could do justice to this remarkable story. Unhappily married to a Nazi arms dealer, Lamarr fled to America at the start of World War II; she brought with her not only her theatrical talent but also a gift for technical innovation. An introduction to Antheil at a Hollywood dinner table culminated in a U.S. patent for a jam- proof radio guidance system for torpedoes—the unlikely duo’s gift to the U.S. war effort.

What other book brings together 1920s Paris, player pianos, Nazi weaponry, and digital wireless into one satisfying whole? In its juxtaposition of Hollywood glamour with the reality of a brutal war, Hedy’s Folly is a riveting book about unlikely amateur inventors collaborating to change the world.

About the Author

RICHARD RHODES is most recently the author of The Twilight of the Bombs, the last volume in a quartet about nuclear history. The first, The Making of the Atomic Bomb, won the Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award, and a National Book Critics Circle Award.

Table of Contents

The Endand#160;and#160;and#160;1

Sixty Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;5

Forty-Five Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;22

Forty-One Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;40

Thirty-Seven Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;56

Thirty-Five Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;69

Thirty-Three Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;90

Thirty-Two Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;116

Twenty-Eight Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;137

Twenty-Seven Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;162

Twenty-Four Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;193

Twenty Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;223

Sixteen Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;252

Fifteen Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;286

Fourteen Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;346

Thirteen Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;395

Twelve Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;407

Eleven Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;432

Nine Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;458

Eight Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;485

Seven Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;497

Six Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;513

Five Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;521

Four Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;532

Three Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;540

Two Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;547

One Yearand#160;and#160;and#160;563

One Hour and Fifty-Three Minutesand#160;and#160;and#160;586

and#160;
Acknowledgmentsand#160;and#160;and#160;593

Notes and#160;and#160;and#160;600

Indexand#160;and#160;and#160;696

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385534383
Author:
Rhodes, Richard
Publisher:
Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Author:
Wasson, Sam
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography-Scientists
Subject:
Biography-Entertainment and Performing Arts
Subject:
Science & Technology
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20131105
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 PAGES OF PHOTOGRAPHS
Pages:
736
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 2.21 lb

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Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World Used Hardcover
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Product details 736 pages Doubleday Books - English 9780385534383 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The authoritative and endlesslyand#160;revealing biography of renowned dancer, choreographer, screenwriter, and director Bob Fosse, written by a bestselling pop culture historian.
"Synopsis" by , What do Hedy Lamarr, avant-garde composer George Antheil, and your cell phone have in common? The answer is spread-spectrum radio: a revolutionary inven­tion based on the rapid switching of communications sig­nals among a spread of different frequencies. Without this technology, we would not have the digital comforts that we take for granted today.

Only a writer of Richard Rhodes’s caliber could do justice to this remarkable story. Unhappily married to a Nazi arms dealer, Lamarr fled to America at the start of World War II; she brought with her not only her theatrical talent but also a gift for technical innovation. An introduction to Antheil at a Hollywood dinner table culminated in a U.S. patent for a jam- proof radio guidance system for torpedoes—the unlikely duo’s gift to the U.S. war effort.

What other book brings together 1920s Paris, player pianos, Nazi weaponry, and digital wireless into one satisfying whole? In its juxtaposition of Hollywood glamour with the reality of a brutal war, Hedy’s Folly is a riveting book about unlikely amateur inventors collaborating to change the world.

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