1953 September 4

HUAC Loves Lucy

 

Lucille Ball, star of the enormously popular television show I Love Lucy, was interviewed in private by an investigator with the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) on this day. She had registered to vote as a Communist in the 1930s but was not otherwise active in the Communist Party. The I Love Lucy show was the most popular television program at the time, and HUAC was apparently reluctant to publicly challenge her.

For more on I Love Lucy, go to the shows where Lucille Ball in real life was pregnant and that fact was woven into the program — except that in the prudish standards of the day, the word “pregnant” was not used (December 8, 1952, and January 19, 1953).

Watch I Love Lucy on You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nC84yX2_tIA

Read: Stefan Kanfer, Ball of Fire: The Tumultuous Life and Comic Art of Lucille Ball (2003)

Learn more about HUAChttp://www.history.com/topics/cold-war/huac

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