Helen Gahagan Douglas (November 25, 1900 – June 28, 1980) was an American actress and a Democratic politician. She was the second woman elected to Congress from California; her election made California one of the first two states (the other was Illinois) to have elected female members of the House from both parties. She was defeated in an election for the Senate by Richard Nixon after a campaign where he became known as "Tricky Dick" and she as the "Pink Lady."
Helen Gahagan Douglas in The Man With the Iron Heart
In 1947, just after the death of German Freedom Front leader Reinhard Heydrich, Helen Gahagan Douglas stood on the House floor, and pointed out that if opponents of the Truman Administration had had their way, the United States Army would have already been out of Germany, and Heydrich would still have been alive.
She then shared a verbal sparing match with Jerry Duncan (R-Indiana), who reminded Douglas of the substantial loss of American life the GFF had inflicted. Douglas retorted that Duncan and the Republicans had been responsible for hamstringing the Administration and the Army.
Thomas F. Ford
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 14th congressional district