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UNA-USA Southern California Division Honors Marsha Hunt with the 2012 Tribute Award

November 6, 2012|San Fernando Valley Chapter
San Fernando Valley Chapter is honored to recognize Marsha Hunt as a longstanding leader for Human Rights that embodies the ideals of the United Nations.

marshaBetween 1935 and 1952, Marsha acted in 55 films, two Broadway shows and was a popular actress in the early days of radio and television. She started her acting career as a leading lady in all of these mediums.  Then came her brush with the blacklist.  What many people don't know about Marsha is that she has been an activist and "planet patriot" for over 65 years now.  She was one of the first in Hollywood to use her "celebrity" to raise awareness for causes that needed support such as world hunger and the work of the United Nations. Marsha was a busy actress at Paramount and MGM before she was unfairly blacklisted.  Her life’s journey led her to being an activist to aid refugees worldwide and aid those in the plight of abject poverty. 

In 1955, she made a trip around the world that opened her eyes to extreme poverty in countries like Egypt and India.  It affected her such that when she came home, she joined her local San Fernando Valley United Nations Assn. Chapter and, also, founded the Los Angeles Chapter.  Marsha gave over 25 years of service to UNA, locally and nationally as a board member. She could have easily rested on her talent and glamour but this was not enough for her.  In 1960 Marsha’s efforts to gather famous stars including Paul Newman, Bing Crosby, Joanne Woodward, Harry Belafonte, David Niven and Jean Simmons for the TV documentary “A Call From the Stars” raised awareness for the plight of refugees that numbered 15 million still, 15 years after World War II. Marsha made sure America and the World would listen.

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