In notes for an unfinished screenplay, the right-wing heroine called the nuclear bomb “an eloquent example of, argument for and tribute to free enterprise.”
It may surprise many to learn that, like many famous novelists, Ayn Rand had a period when she “went Hollywood.” In 1943, Rand sold the rights for The Fountainhead to Warner Bros., and wrote the screenplay. She was then hired by top producer Hall Wallis as a writer, idea generator and script doctor. Her screenplays included the Oscar-nominated Love Letters and You Came Along. Right after the war she became involved in the anti-Communist movement in Hollywood and appeared as a friendly witness before Congress in testifying about the Red influence there.
At the same time, I’ve learned, she also had a kind of love affair—with the atomic bomb.