Please join us in welcoming NH author MARGARET PORTER. She's visiting to talk about and sign her new novel of the Golden Age in American cinema featuring Hedy Lamarr, "Beautiful Invention".
Hollywood Beauty. Brilliant inventor. Escaping scandal and Nazis, Austrian actress Hedy Kiesler arrives in Hollywood to confront the demands of studio, stardom, marriage, and motherhood. Motivated by German atrocities during World War II, she secretly invents new technology for her adopted country's defense-and unexpectedly changes the world.
"Chock full of Hollywood royalty, the golden age of the silver screen is brought to vivid life in this extensively researched novel about the less heralded accomplishments of Hedy Lamarr, one of its brightest luminaries. Margaret Porter paints an indelible portrait of the reluctant starlet, focusing a klieg light on her many other fascinating facets--as immigrant, inventor, and fierce patriot.." Leslie Carroll, author of Notorious Royal Marriages
"Beautiful Invention is a tender and poignant depiction of Hedy Lamarr's life. Porter successfully divides her focus between Hedy's acting career and the complex politics of the times . . . Porter details the uncertainty of Hedy's career immediately after her arrival in the USA and peers behind the façade of glamour gilding both the mundanity and the debauchery of Hollywood's Golden Age." Caitlyn Lyle Farley
"Set against the backdrop of World War II, including a heady mix of Hollywood stars, this book provides an insight into the life of one of the film greats. Her rise from lowly script girl to big screen fame is charted in detail, providing us with clues to the real woman behind the glamorous persona . . . Hedy Lamarr, once touted as one of the most beautiful woman in films, is vividly brought to life in Beautiful Invention. Those interested the early days of Hollywood glamour will love this book." Readers' Favorite
MARGARET PORTER is the author of thirteen historical novels for various publishers, including several bestsellers and award-winners, and many foreign language editions. She studied British history in the U.K. and afterwards worked in theatre, film and television. Margaret and her husband live in New England with their two dogs, dividing their time between a book-filled house in a small city and a waterfront cottage on one of the region's largest lakes. More information is available at www.margaretporter.com.