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Hedda Hopper's HollywoodCelebrity Gossip and American Conservatism$
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Jennifer Frost

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814728239

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814728239.001.0001

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Blacklisting Hollywood “Reds”

Blacklisting Hollywood “Reds”

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(p.113) 5 Blacklisting Hollywood “Reds”
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Hedda Hopper's Hollywood
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Jennifer Frost

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814728239.003.0006

This chapter focuses on Hopper's post-World War II Red Scare politics. Using her influence as a gossip columnist and an anti-Communist activist, she made private talk public by exposing Communist beliefs among members of the film industry. She firmly believed that “naming names,” and thus publicizing private information, was the only way to get rid of them. With the support of the vast majority of her respondents, Hopper never worried about false accusations as she worked to establish, extend, and enforce the Hollywood blacklist, which was aimed at ensuring that no persons espousing or supporting leftist, or even liberal, political ideas and efforts were employed in the motion picture industry.

Keywords:   Hedda Hopper, gossip columnists, Communism, subversion, motion picture industry, anti-Communist activist, blacklist

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