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Hedy and me

Long before I was even a gleam in my father's eye, my mother decided she would call me after Hedwig Kiesler, better known in the 40s and 50s as the Hollywood filmstar Hedy Lamarr. By transferring the name, she hoped she would also magically transfer some of the beauty that Ms. Lamarr was famous for. Personally, I could have wished for some of her brains, as she co-invented an early technique for spread spectrum communications, a key to many forms of wireless communication -- but unfortunately the name is all Mum managed to steal and bestow on me.

(image of self as is, taken this morning in compliance with the meme that stipulates no beautifying or Photoshopping; so this is me straight from the shower, though I forgot I wasn't to comb my hair either. Lucky for me it's short enough never to get seriously mussed up, or if it did, you wouldn't be able to tell).



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Sep. 18th, 2010 01:31 pm (UTC)
Oh, I love the pixie cut! I didn't know you had such short hair.
Sep. 18th, 2010 02:11 pm (UTC)
It's shorter than it's been in years (and looks like it could do with another trim soon), and though I wasn't too sure when I told my hairdresser I wanted it cut really short a month or two ago, I'm very happy with the result.

Edited at 2010-09-18 02:12 pm (UTC)
Sep. 18th, 2010 03:06 pm (UTC)
You look beautiful.
Sep. 18th, 2010 03:44 pm (UTC)
I wasn't fishing for compliments, but...thanks!
Sep. 18th, 2010 08:37 pm (UTC)
Good to see you!

Names are interesting. My grandmother was afraid I would be a tomboy because of my given name. Living in the city, I was more a tomboy wannabe...
Sep. 18th, 2010 10:29 pm (UTC)
Names are interesting.

I've always thought so! Also, the associations people may come up with, e.g. when I first revealed my real name here on LJ, I was very much taken aback by the number of enquiries people made as to whether I had changed it, by deed poll or otherwise, to reflect my fandom of either Harry Potter or Hedwig and the Angry Inch. While I knew of the former, I'd never until then heard of the latter; and the whole idea of changing something so personal as a name, unless it is to go on a witness protection scheme, was alien to me.
Sep. 18th, 2010 11:30 pm (UTC)
The only name change I ever understood was my aunt's. My grandfather named her Georgetta, but everyone called her Jean. My grandfather is the only one I ever heard call her Georgetta. She finally had her name changed legally. I think she always thought of herself as Jean, so it makes sense to me.

I have a friend who goes by her given name and another name that she likes. I've never quite understood her reason for doing so.

Though now that I think about it, I've known several people who go by a middle instead of first name. Makes me wonder just how much of our "self" is contained, somehow, in our name...
Sep. 19th, 2010 12:12 am (UTC)
Well, for me personally, quite a lot I think, as I can't even conceive of myself as going by any other name...even though, come to think of it, I have several that I answer to. Gamiila is one, Mata Krandjang another, and my mum sometimes calls me Tijn or Martinelli (my middle name's Martine). But these are only ever used at certain times by certain people or in certain places. However, I have come across people that have chosen to go by different names than their given ones, e.g. a girl in school who identified herself as Daisy, but whose passport was issued in the name of Lucienne. Even her own mother seemed to have forgotten what name she had given her originally.
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