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 parti ...more
I read and enjoyed Carnegie’s Maid, and I have been looking forward to reading Marie Benedict’s latest fictional portrayal of a strong woman. In this instance, she has written about Hedy (Kiesler) Lamarr.
Born Jewish, Hedy Kiesler later finds herself an actress married to an Austrian arms dealer. Hedy is able to use her powerful position to avoid Nazi persecution. At the same time, her husband is controlling and difficult, and one evening in 1937, ...more
This is the third historical fiction book I have read by the author and while I did enjoy this one, I thought it had some flaws. I don't normally use quarter stars in my ratings but this is a case of knowing I rated the other books at 3.5 stars and feeling like this one wasn't quite at that level but also wasn't really a straight 3 stars either. So 3.25 stars is where I landed.
Prior to reading, I'll admit I didn't know much about the subject of this book, Hedy Lamarr, other than she w ...more
I put off reading this book because I could not bring myself to read another WWII Nazi book. I kept waiting to be 'in the mood' to read this one. Finally, three days after publication, I started the book.
Even with my reluctance to read this book, I thought it started off at a pretty good pace. I knew that I liked the author and her style of writing, so I gave myself over to t ...more
May 17, 1933, the beautiful Hedwig Kiesler is on stage performing the role of her life in Vienna, when she captures the attention of the richest and most powerful man in Austria. Arms manufacturer, Friedrich Mandl lavishes dozens and dozens of roses on the young actress after every performance. Hedwig soon finds herself married to Friedrich, living in a castle and attending lavish dinner partie ...more
Hopefully, quotes to come...
FIVE ***** Enthralling, Addictively Captivating, Historical/Biographica ...more
"Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid."
The Only Woman in the Room is infinitely engaging, but woefully brief, coming in under 300 pages. Hedy Lamarr, a Jewish woman who married and Austrian arms dealer and eventually fled Europe during Hitler's ...more
I found Hedi’s ...more
There is nothing new under the sun. It was true in the Third Century B.C. when the writer of Ecclesiastes wrote it and it is true in 2018.
And one of the perennial truths is that women are valued for their beauty and preyed upon for sex and must fight for equality in their vocations and avocations.
Take Hedy Lamarr, the gorgeous Austrian born star. Marie Benedict's new historical fiction novel The Only Woman in the Room peels back the Hollywood-packaged icon of female physical perfection and of ...more
A good fictional representation of Hedy Lamarr.
1933, Vienna, Austria
Hedy Kiesler is a successful actress, performing in Sissy, beloved Bavarian Empress Elizabeth, at the famed Theater an der Wien.
Friedrich Mandl ...more
The protagonist of this book, although based on an interesting real life figure, just fell a little flat for her. I feel like she lacked true emotional ...more
I really enjoyed reading The Only Woman in the Room! I had never heard of Hedy Lamarr prior to reading this book (I must live under a rock?), but I’m so glad I got t ...more
“In her latest novel, Marie Benedict deftly portrays the fascinating life of Hedy Lamarr, a Hollywood icon whose scientific accomplishments have long been eclipsed by her sensuous beauty. Moving from one volatile stage to the next, THE ONLY WOMAN IN THE ROOM follows a remarkable path of survival through the dangers of world war and those at home, behind closed doors. A read as intriguing and captivating as Ms. Lamarr her ...more
The Only Woman in the Room is Marie Benedict’s third novel featuring a powerful woman overlooked by history — in this case, a female actress popular in the 1930s and 1940s named Hedwig Kiesler, who you might know by her stage name Hedy Lamarr. All I knew about her was that she was an actress but I had never seen any of her movies. There is so much more to learn about this extraordinary woman that I am sure The Only Woman in the Room will be a fascinating and engrossing read for many. Furthermore ...more
Hmmm. Well, I learned a fair bit form this book. I had no idea who Hedy Lamarr was and now I’ve looked up more information on her, inventions and films both. As far as historical fiction goes, this is by far not as engaging as I thought it would be. I’m not a fan of narrators constantly asking questions of them selves within the text, such as “Could I have done something...what was I meant to do...how am I ever going to...” etc etc. The author has Hedy posit questions like this repeatedly throug...more