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Marsha Hunt's Sweet Adversity (2015)

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In 1935, 17 year old aspiring actress Marsha Hunt was discovered in Hollywood. She signed with Paramount Pictures and went on to a flourishing career at MGM. She made 54 films in 17 years ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Harry Belafonte ... Himself
Walter Bernstein Walter Bernstein ... Himself
Steven Carr Reuben Steven Carr Reuben ... Himself
Renee Cary Renee Cary ... Herself
Norman Corwin ... Himself
Bess Flowers ... (archive footage)
Valerie Harper ... Herself
Allan Hunt Allan Hunt ... Himself
Marsha Hunt ... Herself
Bill A. Jones ... Himself
Stephanie Klasky-Gamer Stephanie Klasky-Gamer ... Herself
Norman Lloyd ... Himself
Tony London
Leonard Maltin ... Himself
Patty McCormack ... Herself


In 1935, 17 year old aspiring actress Marsha Hunt was discovered in Hollywood. She signed with Paramount Pictures and went on to a flourishing career at MGM. She made 54 films in 17 years before a series of unfortunate events led to her being unfairly blacklisted. After the blacklist, she championed humanitarian causes, forging a career as one of Hollywood's first celebrity activists. She was the FIRST Angelina Jolie. As far back as 1955, Eleanor Roosevelt was a mentor of hers as they both worked tirelessly to support the work that the United Nations Association was accomplishing in this country . At age 96, Marsha continues to fight for causes she believes in. This film is a call to action for activists of all ages.

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13 September 2015 (USA) See more »


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The Classy Effervescence And Enduring Legacy of Marsha Hunt
17 July 2019 | by steve-belgard-1See all my reviews

Just watched this marvelous documentary about actress and activistt Marsha Hunt.

If you enjoy Hollywood history, coupled with an unbridled display of activism and just plain unadulterated ballsy-ness, you'll fall in love with the ageless Ms. Hunt.

With a memory better than most people I know, the spry 101 year old (who turns 102 in a few months) reminisces about her life, entertainment career and activism. She talks fondly of her parents, going to Hollywood and becoming a leading lady in her first film, taking on the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC, a real "witch hunt"), being blacklisted (but refusing to back down), and opening housing for the homeless.

Just about everything in this Roger C. Memos' production rings true today and sometimes it was hard not to bite my lip with the realization that we're still going through most of this.

But in the end, there's the beautiful Marsha, Marsha, Marsha...who continues to fight for meaningful and righteous causes.

Long live this tough yet soulful lady.

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