Jiang Qing

As Mao’s wife, Jiang wrote revolutionary plays, promoted socialist art, and was a member of the Cultural Revolution Group. She was a left wing opponent of reform, often working against Zhou En-li. She wanted to protect the gains of the GPCR by controlling the propaganda apparatus. Her career as an actress/singer was going very poorly before her marriage to Mao, after which she was able to use her influence both to further her own career and get back at her old enemies.

During the 1980 trial of the Gang of 4, Jiang denied any guilt or wrongdoing during the GPCR and accused her prosecutors of anti-Maoist counter-revolutionaryism.