Hollywood Knitting - Hedy Lamarr


Hedy Lamarr was born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler November 9, 1914, in Vienna, Austria.

Lamarr was considered notorious even by Hollywood standards for a few reasons:
- Her physical appearance. The Hollywood press of the 1940's referred to her "the most beauti
ful woman in the world."
Her risqué first film, Ecstasy. She was 18 when the film was made, and the director filmed the nude scenes in itwithout her permission with a telephoto lens. She felt exploited by the German and turned to the stage.
- Her six marriages. She left her first husband because of the emotional and verbal abuse she suffered. She comments on feeling a prisoner in her own home and that she married each of her husbands for different reasons.
- Her brilliant mind. She was a staunch anti-fascist and used her mathematical and scientific gifts to assist the Allied war efforts during World War II by inventing frequency-hopping spread spectrum technology (FHSS) with composer George Antheil. According to an article in psmag.com,

“Co-created with composer George Antheil, FHSS is a technology that switches radio signals quickly between different frequencies so that the signals are difficult to trace. Though Lamarr and Antheil created FHSS to keep Allied radio-guided torpedoes out of the sights of the Germans during World War II, their patent was dismissed by the United States Navy and left to lapse. FHSS was rediscovered by engineers at the Sylvania Electronic Systems Division in the 1950s and became the precursor to modern technologies we use every day in Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth technologies.”

Unfortunately, the National Inventors Council told her she could better help the war by exploiting her celebrity to raise money for war bonds. And she did it.

Her drug addiction broke her health; She became addicted when given drugs to help her endure grueling work hours. She died January 19, 2000, just as her contribution to technology was on the cusp of being recognized.

March 16, 2018 by Kelli Ladwig

Hollywood Knitting - Gail Russell


Gail Russell was born September 21, 1924 in Chicago, IL as Betty Gale Russell.

She was chronically shy which led to her drinking to cope with the stress of acting and maintaining a public life.  She dies at the age of 36 from the effects of alcoholism.

She was married to Guy Madison who played Wild Bill Hickok in the TV series.

She was in one of my favorite movies as a child, Angel and the Badman, alongside John Wayne.  I found her to have a very endearing presence onscreen.

August 25, 2017 by Kelli Ladwig

Mrs. Crosby Goes to Galveston - Day 3 The Strand

No trip to Galveston would be complete without a trip to the Strand Historic District.   The Strand was originally Avenue B which ran parallel to Galveston Bay.  It was a merchant area near the wharf and the merchant there thought calling it "the Strand" gave it a more upscale sound.  Now the Strand encompasses many blocks downtown and is a shopping and entertainment district.
March 17, 2017 by Kelli Ladwig

Mrs. Crosby Goes to Galveston - Day 1

Very excited to be heading to sunny climes with Mrs.  Crosby.  As you may know, she is a purveyor of fine fibers and I was thrilled to be able to bring her along to Galveston, Texas and share some of favorite spots in this beautiful and historic Texas city.

Our lodging is at the Sally Trueheart Williams home on Broadway in the East End Historic District.   I would highly recommend it.  It was built in 1928 and it built in a Spanish Revival style.  The renovations to the interior are very comfortable while maintaining the integrity of this home.

March 15, 2017 by Kelli Ladwig

Hollywood Knitting - Carole Lombard

One of my absolute favorite actresses, Carole Lombard. She was the highest paid Hollywood star in the late 1930’s. Her final film with Jack Benny and Robert Stack, “To Be or Not to Be”, was in post-production when she died in an airplane crash while on a World War II War bond drive.
November 18, 2016 by Kelli Ladwig

Hollywood Knitting - Ann Sheridan

Ann is a Denton, Texas girl. Her official website says, “Ann Sheridan was born on Sunday February 21st, 1915, in Denton Texas. She came into the world as Clara Lou Sheridan. Growing up on a ranch, Ann became quite the tomboy. She could bulldog a steer. She knew how to ride a horse exceptionally well and she was a pretty good shot with a gun."
October 26, 2016 by Kelli Ladwig