Top 10 Celebrities Who Were Blacklisted by McCarthyism

In the late 40s and early 50s, U.S. senator Joseph McCarthy lead a crazed witch-hunt against people whom he and his followers deemed "communists" or "communist sympathizers". This was the start of a political movement known as McCarthyism. Among the hundreds of Americans blacklisted and investigated were notable celebrities who were alive at the time. Here were some of them who were investigated and/or blacklisted.
The Top Ten
1 Albert Einstein Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics. His work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science.

The famous scientist was also a firm socialist, a fact that was enough for J. Edgar Hoover to call for him to be barred from entering the US.

But Albert Einstein lived in the United States...

2 Charlie Chaplin Sir Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin, KBE (16 April 1889 – 25 December 1977) was an English comic actor, filmmaker, and composer who rose to fame in the silent era. He is considered one of the most important figures in the history of the film industry.

Chaplin had made his political views very clear in movies like The Great Dictator, and this made him a clear target of McCarthyists, so much so he was banned from entering the US at one point.

Yes Chaplin was done dirty, but also remember he was in a paternity suit and married women WAY younger than him.

3 Danny Kaye

Kaye was blacklisted and investigated following an attempt to form a committee with other Hollywood stars in protest of McCarthyism.

4 Orson Welles George Orson Welles was an American actor, director, writer, and producer who worked in theatre, radio, and film.

The director of Citizen Kane faced accusations of being a communist, with said movie being used as "evidence" for it.

5 Lucille Ball

The star of I Love Lucy endured an FBI investigation for allegedly registering as a communist supporter in the 30s.

6 J. Robert Oppenheimer

Credited as the "father of the atomic bomb", Oppenheimer was blacklisted following supposed ties to the Communist Party, stripping him of his rising political influence.

Now this is one I can agree with. He was done very dirty, but he still lived a distinguished life.

7 Arthur Miller Arthur Asher Miller (October 17, 1915 – February 10, 2005) was an American playwright, essayist, and figure in 20th-century American theater. He was often in the public eye, particularly between the late 1940s and early 1960s. During this time, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, testified ...read more.

The famous playwright was convicted for "contempt of Congress" after admitting to supporting communist groups and refusing to name affiliates.

8 Leonard Bernstein Leonard Bernstein was an American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, and pianist. He was among the first conductors born and educated in the US to receive worldwide acclaim.

The famous composer was continuously spied on by the FBI for his left-wing views and was blacklisted by CBS in the 50s.

9 Zero Mostel

Mostel defied the authorities in good humor and was blacklisted for years. In that time, his theater career flourished; he won a Tony in 1961 for his performance in Ionesco's 'Rhinoceros' and in 1965 for 'Fiddler on the Roof'.

10 Langston Hughes James Mercer Langston Hughes (February 1, 1902 – May 22, 1967) was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist from Joplin, Missouri. ...read more.

Hughes was well-known for his support of communist ideas, which was enough for Congress to make him testify. This later prompted Hughes to go completely silent on politics.

The Contenders
11 Dorothy Parker
12 Eddie Albert
13 Lena Horne
14 Lionel Stander
15 Carl Foreman
16 W.E.B. Du Bois

The famous activist and author was indicted because of his pro-socialist views.

17 Alvah Bessie
18 Artie Shaw
19 Dalton Trumbo
20 Herbert Biberman
21 Lester Cole
22 Dolores del Río Dolores del Río, born María de los Dolores Asúnsolo López-Negrete (August 3, 1904 – April 11, 1983), was a Mexican actress. She was the first major female Latin cross-over star in Hollywood, with an outstanding career in American films in the 1920s and 1930s. She was also considered one of the ...read more.
23 Burgess Meredith
24 Paul Robeson
25 Judy Holliday
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