The anti-communist hysteria in 1940s Hollywood prompted her to political activity, and she made a speech against censorship in May 1947 that shocked the public. Targeted by right-wing activists as a supposed communist sympathizer, she was mentioned at the hearings of the House Un-American Activities Committee. She insisted that the claims made about her were untrue. She was an outspoken supporter of birth control and abortion rights.
Canadian-born actor, made famous by his roles as Marty McFly in the the "Back to the Future" trilogy and as Alex P. Keaton on the sitcom "Family Ties" from 1982 to 1989 for which he won three Emmy awards.