Marsha Hunt: The Actress Who Refused To Let The Blacklist Stop Her Good Work
Marsha Hunt, who was born on October 17, 1917, had a career that spanned almost 80 years. She got her start performing in school plays and during church functions after her family moved to New York when she was still young. In 1934, when she was 16, she graduated from the Horace Mann High School for Girls, and she decided to forgo college, even though her parents wanted her to have a degree. Her reasoning? She could find a college that would allow her to major in drama before her third year. She started to model with the John Powers Agency and took acting classes at the Theodora Irvine Studio; by 1935, she was one of the highest earning models.
She wanted to go to England to study stage acting in 1935, but she pursued a different path instead. While she was visiting her uncle in Los Angeles, the comedian Zeppo Marx saw a picture of her in a newspaper, after which she was offered a screen test for The Virginia Judge. In June of that year, when she was 17, she signed a seven-year contract with Paramount Pictures.