Old Hollywood actress and activist Marsha Hunt has died at the age of 104.
Best known for her roles in films such as Those glamor girls, pride and prejudice and raw dealHunt was forgotten after being blacklisted by McCarthy during the communist witch hunts.
Roger C. Memos, writer and director of the 2014 documentary Marsha Hunt’s Sweet Adversityconfirmed the news of her death The Hollywood Reporter.
Hunt died of natural causes at her home in Sherman Oaks, California.
She began her career as a model before being signed to Paramount Pictures at the age of 17.
Her breakthrough came at MGM Those glamor girls in 1939, in which she starred opposite Lana Turner.
A number of other highly acclaimed roles followed, including in Anthony Manns raw deal in 1948.
Hunt’s career took a turn in 1947 when she and her second husband, screenwriter Robert Presnell Jr., joined an organization opposed to the House Un-American Activities Committee.
While she later revealed she had no particular connection to Communism, Hunt refused to apologize for her association with the committee, which included a stunt in which she and other members flew to Washington, DC to attend HUAC- Attend hearings and support creators who have come under scrutiny.
In 1950 she was blacklisted by Hollywood.
In the decades that followed, she increasingly turned to humanitarian work. However, her screen career lingered on a handful of projects, including 1971 Johnny has his gunand in TV series like Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Humanitarian causes Hunt championed included world hunger, homeless shelters, legalizing same-sex marriage, and awareness of climate emergencies.
Beginning in 1983, Hunt served as honorary mayor of Sherman Oaks for more than two decades, having first moved there in 1946.
She was married to Presnell for four decades until he died in 1986 at the age of 71.
Hunt is survived by her nieces and nephews, including actor and filmmaker Allan Hunt.
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