Actress Jean Seberg And The Black Panthers: Did The FBI Have Her Killed?

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June 18: 1957: Actress Jean Seberg (1938 - 1979) arriving at London Airport a week before attending the premiere of Otto Preminger's film Saint Joan in which she stars. (Photo by Cox/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

In 1960 Jean Seberg flashed onto the screen in Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless (A Bout De Souffle). While it wasn’t her first film, it's the one that she's most famous for, and the French New Wave masterpiece brought this Iowa girl into an international spotlight. While Seberg tried to use her fame and fortune for good by giving to causes that aided Civil Rights programs, she was also an outspoken proponent of the Black Panthers, an anti-fascist, black political organization that J. Edgar Hoover described as "the greatest threat to the internal security of the country."

Over the course of nearly a decade, the FBI stalked Seberg, tapped her phones, and spread malicious rumors about her. All of this weighed down on her and many people believe that the government’s drive to embarrass Seberg on a national scale lead to her death.