Marsha Hunt, the movie actress who was blacklisted after fighting a communist witch hunt in Hollywood in the 1950s, has died aged 104.
An old model appeared in Human comedy and Proud and prejudice and appeared on the cover of LifeHunt’s career collapsed after her name was printed in Red channela compendium of entertainment figures accused of being communist sympathizers.
Hunt is the last survivor smeared by Red channelincluding celebrities such as Lee J. Cobb, Lillian Hellman and Leonard Bernstein.
In a 2020 interview with the BBC, Hunt said she came under close scrutiny after she joined an entourage of bigger stars who traveled to Washington in 1947 to support writers who had been killed. convened before the House Committee.
“We are a brigade to protect people who have been blacklisted or suspected,” she said. “We are serious citizens trying to get Washington straight: we are not a bunch of Reds. We are led by Bogarts so we are a pretty strong team.
“We gave our speeches and did a radio show called Hollywood Fights Back and returned home thinking we were patriots and had defended our profession. If there are some communists among us, that’s their business, not ours,” she added.
“I don’t know anything about communism but I just think that because it’s a legitimate party, other people have the right to join the scary stuff if they want to. But it was a time of hysteria and all of us, those who speak out against the blacklist are punished in one way or another.”
Hunt saw job offers dwindle and ended up mainly working in television and theater after her name in the show. Red Channel-although her agent persuaded her to make an anti-communist statement about her beliefs. She spent the last years of her life in charity work and humanitarian activities.
In 2015, she had a lead role — in the documentary film Marsha Hunt’s Sweet Adversity.
“Many young people know little about Hollywood’s blacklist,” she told the BBC. “Sometimes I get asked if it can happen again. I hope America has learned from what happened years ago. But how can you be sure? “