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The Pink Lady: The Many Lives of Helen Gahagan Douglas

The Pink Lady: The Many Lives of Helen Gahagan Douglas

Sally Denton

ISBN: 9781608191000

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Acclaimed author Sally Denton brings to life every dimension of the extraordinary Helen Gahagan Douglas in "The Pink Lady," a compelling account of Douglas's incomparable life as stage star, politician, and public intellectual. A three-term congresswoman who ran for the U.S. Senate against Richard Nixon just thirty years after women gained the right to vote, Douglas was also a Broadway star, opera prima donna, friend of FDR, lover of LBJ, and passionate New Dealer. Tagged "The Pink Lady" during a brutal 1950 Senate campaign waged by Nixon and brought down by the same McCarthyist anti-Red hysteria that was sweeping Hollywood, Douglas is restored through Denton's rich narrative to her rightful place as a pioneer in American politics and torchbearer for progressive ideals.Praise for "The Pink Lady" "Embracing her subject with verve and imagination, Sally Denton gives us the preposterously colorful life and times of an American heroine."-Hampton Sides, author of "Ghost Soldiers""Restor es] flesh and sinew to a remarkable woman and political personality, who stands as a kind of archetype of today's engaged Hollywood celebrity ... Compellingly propulsive narrative."-"Los Angeles Times"
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