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Marsha Hunt: Sweet Adversity

Roger C. Memos
Richard Adkins, Roger C. Memos

The purpose of "Sweet Adversity" is to bring to the focus the story of one person who used the adversity they encountered and turned it, not to their advantage but as a tool of service to others. At age 17, aspiring model and actress Marsha Hunt was "discovered" on a trip to Hollywood. Four studios bid for her services before she signed with Paramount Studios in 1935. An illustrious career at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer followed before her life took a drastic change. On October 26, 1947, Marsha, as a member of the Committee for the First Amendment went to the Washington to support the Hollywood 19. She, like the other members of the committee acted on their conscience with no thought that their own careers could be in jeopardy for supporting these men which the government argued were "traitors" to our country. In 1950, her name appeared in "Red Channels" a right wing publication that named purported communists in the radio and television industry. Though she was not called to testify before HUAC, after 54 films in 17 years, her career came to a quiet halt in 1952. In 1955, a trip around the world opened her eyes to the abject post WWII poverty in such countries as India and Egypt. This trip transformed her into a "planet patriot". Marsha spent the next 50 years plus dedicating herself to various causes such as the United Nations, and Freedom From Hunger, becoming an agent for change. On a simplified level, "Sweet Adversity" is the story of a woman who made lemonade from rather bitter lemons.

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