Meet the women behind Pentagon Papers drama “The Post”

The critically-acclaimed new movie “The Post” dramatizes The Washington Post’s historic decision to publish top-secret government documents detailing America’s decades-long involvement in the Vietnam War. At the center of the Steven Spielberg-directed film is Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham , who grapples with whether to publish the Pentagon Papers and finding her footing in an industry largely dominated by men. If it weren’t for two other inspiring women – a 32-year-old first-time screenwriter and a former studio head whose career was nearly derailed by hackers – it’s possible the movie never would have been made. CBS News CBS News’ Alex Wagner spoke to them about the power of Graham’s story, the movie, and why the movie had to be made now. “I thought that I was gonna write this movie and maybe it would get me an agent. That was my expectation is that maybe I would get an agent,” Liz Hannah said. Hannah – inspired by the memoir of former Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham – wrote the screenplay in the summer of 2016 but she never expected “The Post” to be made. Then her manager leaked it to a handful of producers, including Amy Pascal. “I read […]

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