Integrity and the people who have it are a rare commodity in the world. Both exist and when we find them, we are honor-bound to make them known. Marsha Hunt, who recently turned 102, is the proud possessor of a high degree of integrity. Too often only mentioned as a name associated with the shameful blacklisting period in Hollywood, Marsha Hunt’s contributions far exceed that experience.
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.
“Marsha Hunt’s Sweet Adversity” is a documentary by Zelda Can Dance Productions presenting a full-length portrait of a determined young actress whose commitment and actions in behalf of freedom placed her in jeopardy of losing her livelihood. In a classic turnabout, she turned the camera’s attention away from herself and towards those less celebrated, less publicized.
Out of the spotlight, Hunt became a tireless worker for the United Nations and its agencies, dedicating herself to world hunger, cerebral palsy, and homelessness. She turned attempts to stifle her career into creating a better world for others. That is the story of “Marsha Hunt’s Sweet Adversity” told in archive footage and interviews with people from her school days at Horace Mann in New York, her leading lady career for Paramount and M.G.M., U.N. coworkers and fellow actors.
“Marsha Hunt’s Sweet Adversity” is directed by Emmy award-winner Roger C. Memos.
The Blu-ray and DVD will be available March 17 at Amazon.
“Marsha Hunt’s Sweet Adversity” is now available at Amazon Prime, TubiTV.com, Google Play, and You Tube.