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The Shalvi/Hyman Encyclopedia of Jewish Women

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Pete Smith

Pete Smith is an associate professor in the Department of Communication at Mississippi State University. He is the author of “Something On My Own”: Gertrude Berg and American Broadcasting, 1929-1956 (Syracuse University Press, 2007). His research interests include the intersection between 20th century media history, politics, and gender.

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Gertrude Berg

Between 1929 and 1956, The Goldbergs was a familiar presence in radio, television, film, and other popular media. Created by and starring Gertrude Berg, the program documented the trials and tribulations of a Jewish family in the Bronx, with wife and mother Molly Goldberg entertaining millions with her malapropisms and meddling ways. In 1950, Berg came to the defense of her co-star, Philip Loeb; her decision not to fire him when he was blacklisted for alleged Communist activities cut short The Goldbergs’ tenure on television, and by extension, Berg’s career.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Pete Smith." (Viewed on December 10, 2023) <https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/author/smith-pete>.


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