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Helen Gahagan Douglas
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 14th district
In office
January 3, 1945 – January 3, 1951
Preceded by Thomas F. Ford
Succeeded by Samuel W. Yorty
Personal details
Helen Gahagan

(1900-11-25)November 25, 1900
Boonton, New Jersey, USA
Died June 28, 1980(1980-06-28) (aged 79)
New York City, New York, USA
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Melvyn Douglas (1931-1980)
Relations Illeana Douglas (step-granddaughter)
Children Mary Helen Douglas (daughter) Peter Gahagan Douglas (son)
Alma mater Barnard College
Occupation Actress and politician

Helen Gahagan Douglas (November 25, 1900 – June 28, 1980) was an American actress and politician. She was the third woman and first Democratic woman elected to Congress from California.

Her election made California one of the first two states to elect female members to the House from both parties.

Gahagan died on in New York City, New York from breast cancer and lung cancer, aged 79.

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