Great review in Jump Cut about Being the Ricardos, the recent biopic about Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Of interest to those interested in gender and TV history is its treatment of Judy Holliday, apparently the object of Ball's criticism. Evidence that Hollywood still loves a catfight between powerful women, rather than telling the more complicated and interesting story of two women who had obvious political and artistic differences.
Sometimes, getting on the television blacklist came down to having supported an event in the past, often many years ago.
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).