Sometimes, getting on the television blacklist came down to having supported an event in the past, often many years ago.
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).