Marsha Hunt

American actress (1917–2022)

Marsha Virginia Hunt[1] (October 17, 1917 – September 7, 2022) was an American movie, theater, and television actress. She was blacklisted by Hollywood movie studio executives in the 1950s. She was known for her roles in Johnny Got His Gun, Raw Deal, Born to the West, Pilot #5, and in Pride and Prejudice.[2]

Marsha Hunt
Marsha Hunt in 1959
Marcia Virginia Hunt

(1917-10-17)October 17, 1917
DiedSeptember 7, 2022(2022-09-07) (aged 104)
Years active1935–2008
Spouse(s)Jerry Hopper (1938–1945)
Robert Presnell Jr. (1946–1986) (his death) (1 child)

Hunt was born on October 17, 1917, in Chicago.[3] She turned 100 in October 2017.[3]

She was also supportive of humanitarian causes such as fighting world hunger. She has also donated to homeless shelters, supported same-sex marriage, raised awareness of climate change and supported peace in Third World countries.

In 1960, Hunt received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.[4]

Hunt married producer Jerry "Jay" Hopper from 1938.[5][6] They divorced in 1943.[7] Hunt married her second husband, screenwriter and radio director Robert Presnell Jr. in 1946.[8][9] She had a premature daughter who died in 1947. She and her second husband later became foster parents.[10] They remained together until his death in 1986.[8]

Hunt died on September 7, 2022 in Los Angeles, California at the age of 104.[11]

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  1. Moore, Solomon. "Move to Valley Signaled Career Upswing". Los Angeles Times June 11, 1997 [1]
  2. Slide, Anthony. Actors on Red Alert: Career Interviews with Five Actors and Actresses Affected by the Blacklist pp 47-49 Scarecrow Press, 1999
  3. 3.0 3.1 Kinser, Jeremy (October 13, 2017). "Marsha Hunt at 100: The Actress Recalls the Blacklist, Film Noir and Being Cast in Gone with the Wind". MovieMaker. Retrieved October 4, 2019. As Marsha Hunt's 100th birthday approaches (she hits the century mark October 17), it's time to celebrate an actress who, while not a household name, probably should be.
  4. "Marsha Hunt". Hollywood Walk of Fame. Retrieved October 18, 2017.
  5. Slide, pp. 56-57.
  6. "Married Today". Argus Leader. Sioux Falls, South Dakota. November 23, 1938. p. 1. Retrieved October 17, 2017 – via  
  7. "Hunt, Marsha (1917—)". Archived from the original on January 15, 2021. Retrieved January 15, 2021. married Jerry Hopper (editor, then director), in 1938 (divorced 1943)
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Screenwriter Robert Presnell Jr. Dies at Age 71". Los Angeles Times. June 17, 1986. Archived from the original on October 18, 2016. Retrieved April 27, 2017.
  9. "Marsha Hunt Weds Robert Presnell, Jr". The Town Talk. Alexandria, Louisiana. February 11, 1946. p. 14. Retrieved October 18, 2017 – via  
  10. Slide, p. 60
  11. Lenker, Maureen. "Marsha Hunt, Actress Blacklisted in Hollywood, Dies at 104". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 9, 2022.

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