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Inga Arvad just might be one of the most overlooked female journalists of the 20th century. Never political but always mixed up with political men, Arvad’s career as a budding journalist and personal life is littered with movie gold. Here’s the scoop on what you may not know about Inga Arvad:
- Inga Arvad was born Inga Petersen and changed her name to that of a Danish beauty queen
- Starting in 1935, Arvad met with Hitler the first of many times to come during an interview. She was one of very few Scandinavian journalists allowed to interview Hitler. This interview led to her scooping her fellow journalists on the announcement of Herman Goring’s marriage to German actress Emmy Sonnemann. She was then invited to the wedding where she met several important Nazi figures. During the 1936 Summer Olympics, Arvad was invited as Adolf Hitler’s guest. Her continued relation to Hitler would shadow her career for the rest of her life though she never spoke on his politics.
- She met JFK through his sister Kathleen while working at the same newspaper together. Because of her association with Adolf Hitler, J. Edgar Hoover and the U.S. Navy were convinced she was using Kennedy for information. The two knew they were being followed and Kennedy was eventually reassigned to a desk job in 1942, the affair ended shortly after that.
- Arvad first married when she was 17 and would marry 2 more times during her life. Her second husband was Hungarian filmmaker Paul Fejos who’s films Flight from the Millions featured a rare acting performance from Arvad.
- She was briefly engaged to British Parliment member Robert Boothby who had written her a 20-page letter professing his love for her. She broke off the engagement because of her previous trouble being associated with Hitler.
- In 1946, Inga Arvad married American actor Tim McCoy and became a US citizen. The two met when he was filming a western on an Indian reservation. The two would have 3 children and remain married until her death in 1973 of cancer.