Hollywood movie star blacklisted in 1940s was 104

TORONTO – Marsha Hunt, one of many final surviving actors from Hollywood’s Golden Age, who labored with stars starting from Laurence Olivier to Andy Griffith in a profession disrupted by the McCarthy-era blacklist, has died. She was 104.

Hunt, who appeared in greater than 100 films and TV exhibits, died Wednesday at her dwelling in Sherman Oaks, California, stated Roger Memos, author and director of the 2015 documentary “Marsha Hunt’s Sweet Adversity.”

A Chicago native, she arrived in Hollywood in 1935 and over the subsequent 15 years appeared in dozens of movies, from the Preston Sturges comedy “Easy Living” to the difference of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” that starred Olivier and Greer Garson.

She was effectively underneath 40 when MGM dubbed her “Hollywood’s youngest character actress.” And by the early Fifties, she was sufficient of a star to seem on the duvet of Life journal and appear set to thrive in the brand new medium of tv when out of the blue “the work dried up,” she recalled in 1996.

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Actress Marsha Hunt, seen here in 2013 at a Hollywood Foreign Press Association luncheon, has died at 104.

The motive, she discovered from her agent, was that the communist-hunting Red Channels publication had revealed that she attended a peace convention in Stockholm and different supposedly suspicious gatherings.

Alongside Hollywood stars Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart and Danny Kaye, Hunt additionally went to Washington in 1947 to protest the House Un-American Activities Committee, which was conducting a witch hunt for communists in the movie trade.

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