Marsha Hunt – Biography

Marsha Hunt was born on October 17, 1917. She is an American actress, model, and activist who has had a 75-year career. Marsha Hunt’s age is 103 years old.  She is the world’s oldest living actress.

She is one of the last remaining stars from Hollywood’s Golden Age. She is also the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ oldest living member, at the age of 103. During McCarthyism in the 1950s, she was placed on a blacklist by Hollywood studio executives.

MARSHA HUNT biography

Marsha Hunt’s movies are Kid Glove Killer(1948), Born to the west (1937), Pride and Prejudice (1940), Cry ‘Havoc’ (1943), The human comedy (1943), Raw Deal (1948), The Happy Time (1952) and the Johnny Got His Gun (1971), etc.

She became involved in the humanitarian cause of world hunger during the blacklist era. In later years, she has aided homeless shelters, advocated same-sex marriage, raised climate change awareness, and promoted peace in Third World countries.

Marsha Hunt – Early Life

Hunt was born in Chicago, Illinois, on October 17, 1917. She was the younger of two girls. Earl Hunt, a lawyer who subsequently became a Social Security Administrator, and Minabel Hunt, a vocal teacher and organist, were her parents.

MARSHA HUNT biography

Marjorie, her older sister, and a teacher died in 2002. Marcia’s first name was changed to Marsha later in life.

Hunt was a member of the Methodist church, her family also. When Hunt was a child, her family moved to New York City. Where she began acting in school plays and church occasions. At the age of 16, she graduated from Horace Mann High School for Girls.

Marsha Hunt – Personal life

On November 23, 1938, Hunt married Jerry “Jay” Hopper, a Paramount assistant head of the editing department who subsequently became a director.  In 1943, they divorced. 

On February 10, 1946, Hunt married her second husband Mick Jagger, scriptwriter and radio director Robert Presnell Jr. During the filming of Carnegie Hall, Hunt was pregnant and quite unwell. On July 1, 1947, her sole biological child, a preterm daughter, was born and died the next day.

MARSHA HUNT biography

Later in life, she and her second husband became foster parents. They were married till he died on June 14, 1986, at the age of 71. Since 1946, she has lived in Sherman Oaks, California. Marsha hunt’s child is Karis Jagger.

Marsha Hunt – Career


Hunt’s parents wanted her to go to college, but she couldn’t find “a single college or university in the land where you could major in theatre before your third year,”. So she worked as a model for the John Powers Agency and took stage acting classes at the Theodora Irvine Studio.

By 1935, she was one of the highest-paid models. She intended to study stage acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in the United Kingdom in May 1935.

Hollywood blacklist

Hunt was invited to join the Screen Actors Guild’s board of directors in 1945. Hunt and her husband, screenwriter Robert Presnell Jr., joined the Committee for the First Amendment in 1947 after being disturbed by the operations of the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC).

MARSHA HUNT biography

Hunt took part in Hollywood Fights Back, a star-studded radio program co-written by her husband and criticizing HUAC’s actions, on October 26 of that year, at the age of 30.

Hunt traveled to Washington the next day with a group of roughly 30 actors, directors, writers, and filmmakers (including John Huston, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, and Danny Kaye) to protest HUAC’s conduct. Things had changed over time.

She returned to Hollywood three days later. She was told that if she wanted to find more jobs, she needed to denounce her activities, but she refused. 

Hunt (along with 151 other actors, playwrights, and directors) was identified as a probable Communist or Communist sympathizer in the anti-Communist book Red Channels in 1950.

MARSHA HUNT biography

Her allegedly subversive actions, according to the publication, included asking the Supreme Court to review the convictions of John Howard Lawson and Dalton Trumbo. She has recorded a message in support of a rally organized by the Stop Censorship Committee in 1948.

By signing a statement issued by the Hollywood Independent Citizens Committee of the Arts, Sciences, and Letters in 1946. She has asked the Supreme Court to review the convictions of John Howard Lawson and Dalton Trumbo.

Her career began to take off in 1957. In the following three years, she featured in six films before announcing her semi-retirement in 1960.

Marsha Hunt – Humanitarian work

Hunt gave presentations across the United States in 1955, after a visit opened her eyes to the issue of hunger in the Third World. She encouraged Americans to join the United Nations Association in the fight against starvation in the Third World.

MARSHA HUNT biography

Hunt was a creator of the “San Fernando Valley Mayor’s Fund for the Homeless” and assisted in the opening of one of the Valley’s earliest homeless shelters. She produced an hour-long show about refugee issues in 1960, which featured Paul Newman, Jean Simmons, and Bing Crosby.

Marsha Hunt – Awards and honors

  • Hunt was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6658 Hollywood Boulevard on February 8, 1960.
  • She was one of 250 actors selected for the American Film Institute’s list of the 25 greatest female film legends who made their debut before 1950 in 1999.
  • Her contributions to Western television shows and films earned her a Golden Boot Award in 2002.
  • In March 2015, Kat Kramer, daughter of late film director Stanley Kramer and actress Karen Sharpe, announced that Hunt would be honored with the inaugural “Marsha Hunt for Humanity Award” during a Hollywood screening series.
  • Hunt has won an Academy Award for three of the films in which he has appeared. In 1941 and 1942, respectively, Pride and Prejudice and Blossoms in the Dust received Academy Award nominations for Best Production Design.
  • In 1944, The Human Comedy won an Academy Award for Best Story in the now-defunct category.
MARSHA HUNT biography

Surprisingly, when she was just 17 years old, the young actress signed a deal with Paramount Pictures. Then, in 1935, she was cast in her debut picture, “The Virginia Judge.”

Hunt’s career continued to dazzle after that, with almost 40 films under her belt by the time she was 30 years old. Hunt primarily had supporting roles in high-budget films, although she was the main character in B-movies.

The actress was known for playing “nice girls” in a variety of comedies and tragedies, including Westerns and war films.

Her bright scene presence made her a favorite among filmmakers and producers. Her worst setback came in 1950 when her name was featured in a book called “Red Channels,” which was included in “Counterattack: The Newsletter of Facts to Combat Communism,” along with the names of 150 other people.

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