Lucille Ball: Better Redhead Than Dead

UCLA's digital photo archive is a wondrous online arcade lined with moments from L.A.'s past. I'm reminded of this whenever perusing images from the city's contentious past, whether it's a picture of the Sleepy Lagoon Murder suspects or of local Reds picketing City Hall. One

Not many witnesses called to testify before HUAC left with both their careers and reputations intact, but Lucy, along with Judy Holliday and Lillian Hellman, did. In a rare moment of understanding, HUAC forgave Ball her youthful "indiscretion," despite the fact that gossip columnist Walter Winchell was calling for her red head on a platter.

(Lucille Ball photo from the Museum of Broadcast Communications)


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