She was brilliant in "The Manchurian Candidate." And gutsy too, considering what a politically and sexually outrageous film that was. I saw the DVD recently and in the commentary the director, John Frankenheimer, recalls that everyone involved in the production was a little worried that at that moment in the Cold War, the U.S. government might consider the anti-communist stuff too provocative, so they discretely sent word to Jack Kennedy, by means of his pal Frank Sinatra, letting him know that they wanted to do the picture and asking for his blessing. "Great!" Kennedy is supposed to have said. "Who's going to play the mother?"
The scene where Angela passionately kisses her son, played by the gay actor Laurence Harvey, is surely one of the weirdest love scenes in movie history. In the book, of course, she doesn't merely kiss him. But this was 1962 and Hollywood had to make SOME concessions to accepted standards of propriety.