I was watching a Sunday morning program that had a segment about Hedy Lamarr. It really was fascinating. She was a brilliant woman who was not taken seriously as a brain, but only for her looks. It also mentioned she had botched plastic surgery and she became a recluse.
The plastic surgery thing makes me sad. It made her a prisoner of her looks to the end. I can't figure out if she had any other ideas, or if this was pretty much her big inspiration. I get the impression that the book doesn't answer that.