Helen Gahagan Douglas


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Helen Gahagan Douglas (November 25, 1900 – June 28, 1980) was an American actress and politician. She was the third woman and first Democratic woman elected to Congress from California; her election made California one of the first two states (Illinois was the other state) to elect female members to the House from both parties.

Gahagan was born in Boonton, New Jersey of Scotch-Irish ... more »

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  • ''I never felt I left the stage.''
    Helen Gahagan Douglas (1900-1980), U.S. actor, opera singer, and politician. As quoted in Center Stage, ch. 13, by Ingrid Winther Scobie (1992). S...
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