Hedy! The Life and Inventions of Hedy Lamarr


Robyn Sassen

A freelance arts writer since 1998, I fell in love with the theatre as a toddler, proved rubbish as a ballerina: my starring role was as Mrs Pussy in Noddy as a seven-year-old, and earned my stripes as an academic in Fine Arts and Art History, in subsequent years. I write for a range of online and print publications, including the Sunday Times, the Mail & Guardian and artslink.co.za and was formerly the arts editor of the SA Jewish Report, a weekly newspaper with which I was associated for 16 years.
Robyn Sassen


SHE was described as the most beautiful woman in the world. Heather Massie plays Hedy Lamarr. Photograph by Monica Callan.

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CAN YOU IMAGINE the damaging complexity of being deemed “the most beautiful woman in the world”? This was one of the descriptions that dogged the complicated life of Austrian born American bombshell Hedy Lamarr, who most certainly was more than just a pretty face. Less acknowledged than her prettiness was her intellect and her ability to redefine important scientific ideas which sowed the seeds for the kind of technology we enjoy today, for instance, in WiFi, GPS and bluetooth technology. American performer, Heather Massie brings a show that she has developed on this extraordinary woman, for a brief Johannesburg season.

And with raw material like this, it’s an important empowering show that young women on the cusp of taking life forming decisions should see. Evoking stories such as that of Melita Norwood (upon whose life story the film Red Joan is loosely…

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