Veteran Actress, Marsha Hunt, dies at 104

Marsha Hunt was an American actress, model and activist, with a career spanning nearly 80 years. She was blacklisted by Hollywood film studio executives in the 1950s during McCarthyism.

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American actress and Activist Marsha Hunt dies at 104

Marsha Hunt, a veteran actress of the Golden Age of film, radio and Broadway who later saw her career wither over her protests against the infamous House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), died of natural causes on Sept. 7 in Los Angeles.

Her caregivers, nephew, actor/director Allan Hunt and Elizabeth Lauritsen, confirmed her death. Hunt is survived by nieces and nephews. Donations in her memory may be made to LA Family Housing.

Marsha Hunt Age, Family, Early Life

Marsha Hunt was born on October 17, 1917(104 years old) in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. She holds an American nationality and she belongs to white ethnic group. Her Zodiac sign is Libra.

marsha hunt family

Marsha Hunt youngest of two daughters. Her parents were Earl Hunt, a lawyer and later a Social Security Administrator, and Minabel Hunt, a vocal teacher and organist. Her elder sister, Marjorie, a teacher, died in 2002. Marcia eventually altered the spelling of her first name to Marsha. Hunt and her family were involved in the Methodist church.

Marsha Hunt Husband, What about her Children?

Marsha Hunt married Jerry “Jay” Hopper, assistant head of the editing department at Paramount and later a director, on November 23, 1938. They divorced in 1943. Hunt married her second husband, scriptwriter and radio director Robert Presnell Jr. on February 10, 1946.

marsha hunt husband

Hunt was pregnant and terribly sick while filming Carnegie Hall. Her sole biological child, a preterm daughter, was born on July 1, 1947, and died the next day. She and her second husband later became foster parents. They remained together until his death on June 14, 1986, at age 71.

Marsha Hunt’s career, what is her profession?

Marsha Hunt’s parents wanted her to pursue a college degree, but Hunt, unable to “locate a single college or university in the land where you could major in drama before your third year”, found work modeling for the John Powers Agency and began taking stage acting classes at the Theodora Irvine Studio.

She was one of the highest-earning models by 1935. In May 1935, she intended on studying stage acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in the United Kingdom. Although originally unwilling to pursue a cinematic career, in June 1935, at age 17, Hunt signed a seven-year contract with Paramount Pictures.

Paramount spotted her when she was visiting her uncle in Los Angeles and the comedian Zeppo Marx (of the Marx Brothers fame) saw a photo of her in the newspaper. She was then offered a screen test for The Virginia Judge.

At Paramount, Hunt generally portrayed ingenue characters. Between 1935 and 1938, she filmed 12 features at Paramount, including a leading roles in Easy to Take (1936), Gentle Julia (1936), The Accusing Finger (1936), Murder Goes to College (1937), and two on “loan-out” to RKO and 20th Century Fox.


She featured with John Wayne, a couple of years before his success in Hollywood, in the Western picture Born to the West. Following her semi-retirement in 1960, Hunt appeared in modest roles in five films and countless television shows, including an episode of the medical drama Breaking Point.


She appeared in the season-nine episode of Gunsmoke titled “The Glory and the Mud”. In 1967, she had a prominent part as Katie’s Aunt Cecile in an episode of My Three Sons entitled “The Aunt Who Came To Dinner”.


After a trip opened her eyes to the issue of hunger in the Third World, Hunt gave talks throughout the United States, encouraging Americans to join the fight against starvation in the Third World by joining the United Nations Association.

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Hunt was a creator of the “San Fernando Valley Mayor’s Fund for the Homeless” and helped to open one of the first homeless shelters in the San Fernando Valley.

In 1960

She staged an hour-long show about the refugee problems that featured stars such as Paul Newman, Jean Simmons and Bing Crosby.

Marsha raised funds for the creation of “Rose Cottage”, a daycare shelter for homeless children; and served for many years on the advisory board of directors for the San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center, a large non-profit, where she advocates for adults and children affected by homelessness and mental illness.

She was named honorary mayor of Sherman Oaks, California in 1983. Hunt still identified as a political liberal and was particularly concerned with such concerns as global pollution, international poverty, peace in Third World nations, and population growth.

How much is Marsha Hunt Net worth?

American actress, model, and activist Marsha Hunt had an estimated net worth of $2 million at the time she died.

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Which school and college did She go to?

Marsha Hunt studied at Horace Mann School.

Is She available on any kind of social media platform?

Marsha Hunt is not active on social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Physical Appearance of Marsha Hunt’s Height, Weight

HeightNot Available
Hair colorWhite
Eye colorBlack
WeightNot Available
Body typeFit
Sexual orientationStraight

Interesting facts about Marsha Hunt’s should be knows

Zodiac signLibra
Relationship StatusMarried