Everyone Knows Lucille Ball, But Did You Know She Was Under Investigation By The FBI?
LifeAspire Staff 3/17/2017
Lucille Ball is as American as apple pie! Born in Jamestown, New York, in 1911, Lucille (better known to most as Lucy), went on to have one of the most successful film and TV careers that spanned over 50 years.
Given the number of Lucy fan clubs, it is hard to believe that there is anything still out there that the public doesn't know about their beloved icon. Well, lucky for you, seems like there is one rather important detail that never comes up when Lucy is the subject of conversation!
Shortly after the end of World War II, Americans started seeing the danger that lurked in the communist ideology of their former Soviet allies. Even though we had fought together, the Soviet Union which possessed atomic bombs, was now aggressively trying to spread communism in Europe, Africa, and within Asia. What does this have to do with our Lucy you ask?
Well, trying to fight this non-democratic way of governance abroad had also made America a bit paranoid at home. Starting around 1947, several governmental agencies including the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) were established to expose any communists within the borders. And if you haven't already guessed it, Lucille Ball happened to be one of those people!
Based on her voter registration card, Lucy was a registered Communist since 1936. By the time this was discovered, Lucy was already a famous celebrity and about to begin filming the third season of her famous I Love Lucy show! So was Lucy really a communist??
In her testimony to the House Committee, Lucy gave her reason for being a registered Communist as something she had done to please her grandfather. Apparently, her mother and brother had done the same. The difference therefore was that she didn't actually believe or support such ideology.
In 1953, when these committee briefings were declassified and made public, there was great fear that her association with the so called enemy party would tarnish her image. Lucy wasn't worried however, and in a quote published by the L.A.Times, she is famously quoted as saying:
"I think anytime you give the American people the truth they're with you."
And how right she was! Lucy knew that people would believe her and disregard a piece of paper that stated something that wasn't true.
By the time Lucy died in 1989, America had moved on from the communist witch-hunt and the people hardly remembered that she had ever been accused of such a thing. Well, at least until now. This little bit of history and information is just that...an interesting fact, and proves that the good old days were not always so black and white!
Sources: The Good Old Days, Washington Post, FBI, Traced in America, Image Source: Wikipedia, FBI