Rowan and Martin’s Laugh In: Martha Mitchell- Isn’t Overstepping Cocktail Party


Source: Rowan and Martin’s Laugh In– Actress portrayal of Martha Mitchell 

Source:The New Democrat 

“Hosted by Dan Rowan and Dick Martin, this ground-breaking variety show was a fast moving barrage of jokes, one-liners, running skits, musical numbers and made fun of the social and political issues of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

A group of regulars, Gary Owens, Lily Tomlin, Judy Carne, Arte Johnson, Ruth Buzzi, Alan Sues, Goldie Hawn, Chelsea Brown, Henry Gibson and JoAnne Worley left a lasting impression on America.”

From Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In

“I’m so damned mad!” fumed Martha Mitchell to a United Press International reporter at the other end of the line. It was 3 a.m., Sunday the 26th of August 1973, and once again she was bouncing off the walls of her Fifth Ave. apartment. “I asked them to let me speak to the President. They told me, Tell it to UPI.”

White House operators knew Martha Mitchell all too well. And in the summer of 1973, amid the nation’s long national Watergate nightmare, so did most other Americans. “Outspoken wife of Attorney General John Mitchell,” the papers usually called her. They could say that again. There was practically no getting away from the woman.”


Source: World News– Watergate motormouth Martha Mitchell 

From the New York Daily News

I said this on my Google+ and Twitter pages last night, but could you imagine Martha Mitchell with a Twitter page back during Watergate? She was like a gossip columnist with inside accounts of what was going on during Watergate simply because she was married to the Attorney General of the United States John Mitchell. Not that I believed he was filling in her chatty wife who was basically the motormouth of Washington during the early and mid 1970s. Who would share any little dirty secret that she could come up with regardless of who it might help or hurt.

The best gossip columnists are the gossip columnists not just with inside sources, but credible inside sources so what they write and say in public doesn’t sound like fiction or a like a good soap opera, but there’s real truth to what they’re revealing about someone or some people, or some situation. Hollywood actress Shelley Winters, was a gossip columnist, as well as an author, with a great sense of humor who was very bright in general, but with her humor as well in-between acting parts. Martha Mitchell who just happened to be the wife of the Chief Law Enforcement Officer of the United States in Attorney General John Mitchell, fit that bill as well.

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