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The Watergate scandal turned the names of Katharine Graham, owner of the Washington Post, Ben Bradlee, editor of the Post, and reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein into household words — or as close to that as print journalists can hope to become. What the scandal itself could not accomplish in celebritizing this quartet was done by the movie, All the President’s Men, based on the book Woodward and Bernstein wrote about how they got that story.

And of course Woodward’s mysterious source “Deep Throat,” introduced in the book and played to high dramatic effect in the movie by Hal Holbrook, attained equal standing—and then some.