It can be hard to believe that in a country where freedoms and rights are at the heart of politics, vast proportions of the population were for years persecuted for their political views.
For many involved in the United States entertainment industry, the late 1940s and early 1950s were a time when answering the question “Are you now, or have you ever been, a communist?” could destroy a career.
Orchestrated by the fervent anti-communism of Senator Joe McCarthy, the Red Scare saw men and women called before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC)
When Hollywood star Michael Douglas, son of Jewish actor Kirk (whsoe real name is Issur Danielovitch), met the Welsh actress, he told her: “I want to father your children”.
At 25 years her senior, their marriage – his second - surprised many, but they have remained together since and are set to renew their vows to mark their tenth anniversary. The couple have two children and live in New York.
He has successfully closed deals for some of the nation's most high-profile names including Robbie Williams, Simply Red, Tesco and Virgin. And then there are the 15 years he spent working with Simon Cowell, the multi-millionaire music entrepreneur.
Mr Rich, who works in partnership with leading law firm Olswang, also runs Rich Futures, where he spends half of his time on business negotiation - he is credited as being one of the UK's leading practitioners in this field.