Of Simple Country Lawyers
Canny Senator Sam Ervin of North Carolina, who liked to describe himself as ''just a simple country lawyer'' -- and proved that he was anything but -- served as chairman of the Senate's Watergate Committee. Senator Ervin was a graduate of Harvard Law School. He had graduated in 1917 from the University of North Carolina, where he was a member of The Dialectic and Philanthropic Societies. I have no idea what that even is!
Of Dumb Blondes
Judy Holliday was an Oscar-winning American actress.
In 1950, Holliday was the subject of an FBI investigation looking into allegations that she was a Communist. The investigation "did not reveal positive evidence of membership in the Communist Party" and was concluded after three months. Unlike many others tainted by the Communist scandal, she was not blacklisted from movies, but she was blacklisted from performing on radio and television for almost three years.
In 1952, she was called to testify before the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee to "explain" why her name had been linked to Communist front organizations. In spite of her high IQ, which was measured at 172, she was advised to play dumb (like some of her film characters) and did so. She acknowledged that she "had been taken advantage of".
On Acting Crazy (It's a sane actor pretending to be crazy.)