First time in full: 1997 interview of Barbara Klowden, L. Ron Hubbard's PR agent and lover - 2015-01-24
Here's the second leak of raw footage from the excellent 1997 Channel 4 documentary, Secret Lives - L. Ron Hubbard. The film was made up of numerous interviews from people who had known Hubbard personally. But only a few minutes of each made it into the final documentary.
Jon Atack hooked us up with a source who is now making the full, uncut interviews from Secret Lives available. Last time, we got to see Hubbard's literary agent, Forrest Ackerman, reminisce about the man. And this time, another rare treat: A 28-minute interview with Barbara Klowden, who worked as Hubbard's PR assistant but was also his lover. (In Russell Miller's 1987 biography of Hubbard, Bare-Faced Messiah, Barbara is given the pseudonym "Barbara Kaye.")
In 1950, with the success of Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, Hubbard interviewed Barbara and hired her to work public relations for the newly opened Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation in Los Angeles. As she explains in the clip, it was her job to fire off responses to columnists who said negative things about Hubbard or his book. She was 23 and had been a college psychology major (not, apparently, only 20 years old as previous accounts have it). Hubbard was 39, and his marriage to his second wife, Sara Northrup, was strained. Hubbard and Sara were already living apart.