"It was one of the more shameful moments in congressional history: A senator [Edwin Johnson of CO] called out the iconic actress for having an affair, branding her a “powerful influence for evil.”'
- Sen. Johnson went so far as to propose a bill requiring movies to be approved for licenses based on the moral character of those in the pictures
- 22 years later, Sen. Charles Percy entered an official apology to Bergman and read it on the Senate floor. She later sent him a letter accepting the apology.
- The article doesn't make much of this, but girlfriend was able to quote word-for-word what Johnson said about her.
I'm guessing this little bit of throwback history was written because of the Bergman doc (which is great - if it's playing near you, go and and see it). It's still Noirvember, so please share any recs you may have!