Growing up in Austria-Hungary, Hedy Lamarr had two great passions: acting and inventing. She’s best known for her work in Hollywood, stunning American audiences with her beauty and compelling dramatic talents. But recently she’s earned recognition for her technological contributions as well. She and her friend, the composer George Antheil, received a patent for radio-frequency technology that is now valued at over 300 Billion dollars. Because of Hedy, your family can safely send secure text messages and access WIFI.
Our narrator this episode, actress Tatiana Maslany, has also found success on screen. She received an Emmy and was nominated for a Golden Globe after her incredible performance in the “Orphan Black” television series. This summer, she’ll star in HBO’s limited series, “Perry Mason.”
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The podcast is a production of Rebel Girls and Boom Integrated, a division of John Marshall Media. It’s based on the book series Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls.
Our Executive Producers are Elena Favilli and Joy Fowlkes. This season was produced by John Marshall Cheary, Sarah Storm, and Robin Lai. This episode was written by Joy Fowlkes and edited by Pam Gruber. Maithy Vu proofread. Original theme music was composed and performed by Elettra Bargiacchi who has also sound designed this episode. Mattia Marcelli is the sound mixer. Special thanks to Grace House for always going above and beyond!
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