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The Red and The Blacklist Part 2

June 16, 2003
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Blacklisted screenwriter Norma Barzman recalls how she faced two blacklists in McCarthy-era Hollywood, one for being a political radical, the other for being a woman.

Today we continue our conversation with screenwriter Norma Barzman who was blacklisted from Hollywood during the McCarthy era. She has just published a memoir entitled "The Red and the Blacklist."

In 1948 she and her husband screenwriter Ben Barzman were identified as communists. They were forced to flee Hollywood and the country. They went into self-imposed exile in Europe where they found a sympathetic community of left wing intellectuals and artists.

While blacklisted, she worked on numerous films and wrote numerous screenplays but her name often didn’t appear in the credits. The Writers Guild of America just restored her credit for Never Say Goodbye, Luxury Girls. She is still battling for credit on the classic film The Locket.

  • Norma Barzman is a screenwriter and novelist who lives in Beverly Hills. She wrote the screenplay for "Never Say Goodbye", "Luxury Girls" (for which the Writers Guild of America has recently restored her credit), and is battling for credit on the classic film "The Locket". She also worked for the Los Angeles Examiner, the Los Angeles Herald Examiner and the Los Angeles Times Syndicate. She was the wife of blacklisted screenwriter Ben Barzman.

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