National Affairs: Grandpa's Girl

"The most popular of all television stars," cried Walter Winchell on his Sunday night broadcast, "[has been] confronted with her membership in the Communist Party." Winchell named no names. But five days later California's Congressman Donald L. Jackson told the tale—solely, as he explained it, to quash "unfounded rumors." Lucille Ball, redheaded star of I Love Lucy and television's current queen of queens, had admitted under oath to having registered as a Communist in a Los Angeles election back in 1936.

The Congressman gallantly went on to say that there was no evidence that Lucy "is or ever was a member of...

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