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Marsha Hunt

Marsha Hunt (born Marcia Virginia Hunt; October 17, 1917) is an American retired actress, model, and activist, with a career spanning over 70 years. She was blacklisted by Hollywood film studio executives in the 1950s during McCarthyism. Although initially reluctant to pursue a film career, in June 1935, at age 17, Hunt signed a seven-year contract with Paramount Pictures. Paramount discovered her when she was visiting her uncle in Los Angeles and the comedian Zeppo Marx saw a picture of her in the newspaper. She was then offered a screen test for The Virginia Judge. At Paramount, Hunt mainly played ingenue parts. Between 1935 and 1938, she made 12 pictures at Paramount, including a starring roles in Easy to Take, Gentle Julia, The Accusing Finger, Murder Goes to College, and two on "loan-out" to RKO and 20th Century Fox. In 1937, she starred opposite John Wayne, a couple of years prior to his breakthrough in Hollywood, in the Western film Born to the West. The studio terminated Hunt's contract in 1938, and she spent a few years starring in B-films produced by poverty row studios such as Republic Pictures and Monogram Pictures. She also headed to New York City for work in summer stock theatre shortly before winning a supporting role in MGM's These Glamour Girls opposite Lana Turner and Lew Ayres. The role of Betty was said to have been written specially with Hunt in mind. Other roles in major studio productions soon followed, including supporting roles as Mary Bennet in MGM's version of Pride and Prejudice with Laurence Olivier and as Martha Scott's surrogate child Hope Thompson in Cheers for Miss Bishop. In 1941, Hunt signed a contract with MGM, where she remained for the next six years. While filming Blossoms in the Dust, film director Mervyn LeRoy lauded Hunt for her heartfelt and genuine acting ability. In 1944, she polled seventh in a list by exhibitors of "Stars of Tomorrow". She also appeared in None Shall Escape, a film that is now regarded as the first about the Holocaust. She played Marja Pacierkowski, the Polish fiancé of a German Nazi officer named Wilhelm Grimm.

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Oct 17, 1917 In Chicago, Illinois, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Virginia Judge 1935-09-17
Latest Project:
Movie Journey to Royal: A WWII Rescue Mission 2021-02-02
Known For
Poster of Journey to Royal: A WWII Rescue Mission
Poster of Star Trek: The Next Generation
Poster of Howling II: Stirba - Werewolf Bitch
Poster of Johnny Got His Gun
Movie Journey to Royal: A WWII Rescue Mission Unknown 2021-02-02
Movie Marsha Hunt's Sweet Adversity Self 2015-09-13
Series Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood Self 2010-11-01
Movie The Grand Inquisitor Hazel Reedy 2008-01-01
Movie Empire State Building Murders Norah Strinberg 2008-08-14
Movie The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind (archive footage) 1988-10-01
Series Star Trek: The Next Generation Anne Jameson 1987-09-28
Series Matlock Unknown 1986-03-03
Movie Howling II: Stirba - Werewolf Bitch Mariana 1985-08-28
Series Murder, She Wrote Unknown 1984-09-30
Movie Never Say Never Again SPECTRE Agent (uncredited) 1983-10-07
Movie Britannia Hospital Nurse Amanda Persil 1982-05-27
Movie Terror Among Us Marge 1981-01-12
Series Harry O Unknown 1974-09-12
Series Police Story Unknown 1973-03-20
Movie Dracula A.D. 1972 Gaynor 1972-06-26
Movie Johnny Got His Gun Joe's Mother 1971-08-04
Series Marcus Welby, M.D. Unknown 1969-09-23
Movie Fear No Evil Mrs. Varney 1969-03-03
Movie Heads 1969-12-19
Series The Outsider Unknown 1968-09-18
Series Ironside Unknown 1967-03-28
Series Accidental Family Unknown 1967-09-15
Series Run for Your Life Unknown 1965-09-13
Series Profiles in Courage Unknown 1964-11-08
Series Breaking Point Unknown 1963-09-16
Series The Outer Limits Unknown 1963-09-16
Series Sam Benedict Unknown 1962-09-15
Series Cain's Hundred Unknown 1961-09-19
Series Ben Casey Unknown 1961-10-02
Series My Three Sons Unknown 1960-09-29
Movie The Plunderers Kate Miller 1960-11-05
Series Peck's Bad Girl Jennifer Peck 1959-05-05
Movie Blue Denim Jessie Bartley 1959-07-30
Series The Detectives Unknown 1959-10-16
Series Laramie Unknown 1959-09-15
Series The Twilight Zone Mrs. Henderson 1959-10-02
Movie Back from the Dead Kate Hazelton 1957-08-12
Series Panic! Unknown 1957-03-05
Movie Bombers B-52 Edith Brennan 1957-11-22
Movie No Place to Hide Anne Dobson 1956-08-28
Series Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater Unknown 1956-10-05
Series Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10
Movie A Word to the Wives... Alice 1955-01-01
Series The 20th Century Fox Hour Unknown 1955-10-05
Series Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown 1955-10-02
Movie Diplomatic Passport Judy Anderson 1954-08-13
Series Climax! Unknown 1954-10-07
Movie Actors and Sin Marcia Tillayou (segment Actor's Blood) 1952-06-18
Movie The Happy Time Susan Bonnard 1952-10-30
Series Your Show of Shows Unknown 1950-02-25
Movie Take One False Step Martha Wier 1949-06-22
Movie Jigsaw Mrs. Hartley's Secretary (uncredited) 1949-03-11
Movie Mary Ryan, Detective Mary Ryan 1949-11-03
Movie Raw Deal Ann Martin 1948-05-21
Movie The Inside Story Francine Taylor 1948-03-14
Series Studio One Unknown 1948-11-07
Series The Philco Television Playhouse Unknown 1948-10-03
Movie Carnegie Hall Nora Ryan 1947-02-28
Movie Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman Martha Gray 1947-03-01
Movie A Letter for Evie Evie O'Connor 1946-01-28
Movie The Valley of Decision Constance Scott 1945-05-03
Movie None Shall Escape Marja Pacierkowski 1944-02-03
Movie Twenty Years After Unknown 1944-01-01
Movie Bride by Mistake Sylvia Lockwood 1944-07-26
Movie Music for Millions Rosalind 1944-12-18
Movie The Human Comedy Diana Steed 1943-03-02
Movie Pilot #5 Freddie Andrews 1943-06-24
Movie Thousands Cheer Marsha Hunt 1943-01-01
Movie Cry 'Havoc' Flo Norris 1943-11-23
Movie Lost Angel Katie Mallory 1943-12-23
Movie Kid Glove Killer Jane Mitchell 1942-04-17
Movie Joe Smith, American Mary Smith 1942-02-01
Movie The Affairs of Martha Martha Lindstrom 1942-06-21
Movie Panama Hattie Leila Tree 1942-09-30
Movie Seven Sweethearts Regina 'Reggie' Van Maaster 1942-11-13
Movie The Penalty Katherine Logan 1941-03-13
Movie The Trial of Mary Dugan Agatha Hall 1941-02-14
Movie Cheers For Miss Bishop Hope Thompson 1941-02-21
Movie I'll Wait for You Pauline Miller 1941-05-16
Movie Unholy Partners Gail Fenton 1941-11-01
Movie Blossoms in the Dust Charlotte 1941-08-15
Movie Hollywood: Style Center of the World Herself 1940-05-29
Movie Irene Miss Eleanor Worth 1940-04-23
Movie Women in Hiding Jane Taylor 1940-06-22
Movie Pride and Prejudice Mary Bennet 1940-07-26
Movie Flight Command Claire 1940-12-27
Movie Ellery Queen, Master Detective Barbara Braun 1940-11-30
Movie The Hardys Ride High Susan Bowen 1939-04-21
Movie The Long Shot Martha Sharon 1939-01-06
Movie Winter Carnival Lucy Morgan 1939-07-28
Movie Star Reporter Barbara Burnette 1939-02-22
Movie These Glamour Girls Betty Ainsbridge 1939-08-18
Movie Joe and Ethel Turp Call on the President Kitty Crusper 1939-12-01
Movie Rhumba Rhythm at the Hollywood La Conga Herself (uncredited) 1939-09-02
Movie Come On, Leathernecks! Valerie Taylor 1938-08-08
Movie Annapolis Salute Julia Clemens 1937-09-10
Movie Murder Goes to College Nora Barry 1937-02-24
Movie Easy Living Girl Getting Coat Dropped on Her at Finale (uncredited) 1937-07-16
Movie Thunder Trail Amy Morgan 1937-10-21
Movie Born to the West Judy Worstall 1937-12-10
Movie The Arizona Raiders Harriett Lindsay 1936-06-27
Movie Desert Gold Judith 'Judy' Belding 1936-03-26
Movie Hollywood Boulevard Patricia Blakeford 1936-08-20
Movie Easy to Take Donna Westlake 1936-11-06
Movie The Accusing Finger Claire Patterson 1936-11-17
Movie College Holiday Sylvia Smith 1936-12-19
Movie The Virginia Judge Mary Lee Calvert 1935-09-17