It was terrific to talk to journalist Kelly Faircloth about race, gender, and television in the 1950s for Jezebel. Every time I talk to folks in the media about the Broadcast 41, I'm reminded of two things: that our conversations today are only possible because of the people who fought for them in the past and that there's still a long, long way to go.
A play--Finks--by Madeline Lee Gilford's son, Joe Gilford, examines the necessity--and cost--of fighting forces of fascism and demagoguery.
He would know: his parents, Madeline Lee Gilford and Jack Gilford, bravely stood up to the blacklist despite intense FBI surveillance and retaliation.
There's a new off-Broadway play--Smart Blonde--about the incredible, funny, and brilliant Judy Holliday.
Holliday was in the comedy group the Revuers in Greenwich Village in the 1930s--Lillian Hellman was a fan! Gary Carey wrote a decent biography of Holliday--Judy Holliday: An Intimate Life Story (don't be totally put off by the title).