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Clancy Sigal (born 1926) is an American novelist and screenwriter born in the Chicago of Al Capone, where his father was a labour organizer, who packed a derringer to protect himself against the Mob. He joined the U.S. Army and served as a GI, rising to the rank of sergeant, in the European theatre and was present at the Nuremberg Trials, where he intended shooting Hermann Goering, but only succeeded in engaging him in a stare-down unsuccessfully. He himself was blacklisted from Hollywood after refusing to sign a false boilerplate affidavit accusing other members of Hollywood studios who had been Joseph McCarthy's House Un-American Activities Committee, which, he argued, was influenced by congressional anti-semites. Sigal argues that it was as much an anti-semitic as anti-communist. He arrived as an illegal immigrant in Great Britain and lived with Doris Lessing. He helped R. D. Laing create Kingsley Hall. He was The Observer correspondent for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, and decided to settle in Los Angeles after falling in love.
A Woman of Uncertain Character: The amorous and radical adventures of my mother Jennie (who always wanted to be a respectable Jewish mom) by her bastard son (2006) New York: Carroll & Graf. ISBN 0-7867-1748-3