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Martha Mitchell's Life #43617

ABC Evening News for Monday, May 31, 1976
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(Studio) Report on Martha Mitchell's life and times follows.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(NYC) Martha's marriage to John Mitchell placed her in center stage of public eye. Martha outspoken, spontaneous. Former staunch supporter of Nixon administration, Martha's quick wit, sharp tongue and Southern accent made her a star. Incident recalled with regard to Senator William Fulbright and Martha's outspokenness Watergate changed everything. John Mitchell lost his job and Martha turned bitter. [May 18, 1973, film, Martha MITCHELL - praises husband and John Dean. States John used as scapegoat; protecting Mr. President Strongly suggests President Nixon resign.] Martha 1st to call for Nixon to resign. in September 1973 John left Martha. [UPI reports Helen THOMAS - believes Martha represented liberation of "official" wife.] Martha learned of her cancer few mos. ago. Her lawyer helped her get back alimony from husband because she had no money. At death, no friends or family with her.
REPORTER: James Walker

Reasoner, Harry;
Walker, James

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