Marsha Hunt

Born Oct 17, 1917

Marsha Virginia Hunt is an American film, theater, and television actress who was blacklisted by Hollywood movie studio executives in the 1950s.

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1917 Birth Born Marcia Virginia Hunt, on October 17, 1917, in Chicago, Illinois, she later changed the spelling of her first name to Marsha. … Read More


1934 16 Years Old Hunt's family moved to New York City when she was young and began performing in school plays and church functions. She graduated from the Horace Mann High School for Girls in 1934, at 16. … Read More
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In June 1935, at 17, Hunt signed a contract with Paramount Pictures, making her film debut in The Virginia Judge later that same year.
1937 19 Years Old Among her more notable films from this period was the 1937 western Born to the West, co-starring John Wayne.


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Paramount declined to renew Hunt's contract in 1938, and she spent a few years starring in B-films produced by Republic and Monogram, before winning a supporting role in MGM's These Glamour Girls (1939) opposite Lana Turner and Lew Ayres. … Read More
1941 23 Years Old In 1941, Hunt signed a contract with MGM, where she remained for the next six years. … Read More
1946 28 Years Old Hunt married her second husband, screenwriter and radio director Robert Presnell, Jr., in 1946. … Read More
1947 29 Years Old On Oct 26, 1947, Hunt took part in Hollywood Fights Back, a star-studded radio program, co-written by her husband, protesting the activities of HUAC. … Read More


1948 30 Years Old The publication claimed that her leanings were made evident by her supposedly subversive actions, including: asking the Supreme Court to review the convictions of John Howard Lawson and Dalton Trumbo; recording a message in support of a rally organized by the Stop Censorship Committee in 1948; signing a statement in 1946 issued by the Hollywood Independent Citizens Committee of the Arts, Sciences, and Professions; and speaking at rally organized by the Progressive Citizens of America in 1946.
1950 32 Years Old After the publication of Red Channels in 1950, work became scarce for Hunt and Presnell. … Read More
1957 39 Years Old In 1957, her career began to pick up.


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She appeared in six films during the next three years before announcing her semi-retirement in 1960.
1962 44 Years Old In 1962 she appeared in the season-nine episode of Gunsmoke titled "The Glory and the Mud"


1971 53 Years Old In 1971, she appeared in the movie Johnny Got His Gun, written by fellow blacklist member, Dalton Trumbo, playing the mother of the title character portrayed by Timothy Bottoms.


1983 65 Years Old Hunt was named honorary mayor of Sherman Oaks, California in 1983. … Read More
1988 70 Years Old On February 8, 1988, she appeared in Star Trek: The Next Generation, in the episode "Too Short a Season" as Anne Jameson, wife of an admiral who took an age reversing drug.
1997 79 Years Old In 1997 she appeared as Ethel Thayer in the Santa Susana Repertory Company's production of On Golden Pond.
2006 88 Years Old Hunt played Elizabeth Lyons in a 2006 movie, Chloe's Prayer. … Read More
2008 90 Years Old In 2008, Hunt appeared in a short film noir, The Grand Inquisitor, as Hazel Reedy, the could-be widow of one of America's most infamous unapprehended serial killers. … Read More
2013 95 Years Old In 2013, Hunt debuted a clip of a song she wrote 40 years earlier titled "Here's to All Who Love" about love and same-sex marriage. Sung by Glee star Bill A. Jones the clip immediately went viral. It will be featured in Marsha Hunt's Sweet Adversity, an upcoming documentary about her life. The documentary was scheduled to debut at the Palm Springs and Santa Barbara International Film Festivals in January 2015.
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