vp19 (vp19) wrote in carole_and_co,

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Proof of bride and groom (and a happy 100th to Ms. Hunt)

Over the decade-plus Carole & Co. has run, we've featured plenty of items dealing with Carole Lombard and Clark Gable. But until now, we've never shown the document that surely meant most to them -- their marriage license.

Came across this the other day; I'll let others judge (and comment) as to whether this is the real deal, but it looks legit to me:

Oh, and today marks the 100th birthday of a true Hollywood stalwart, both on and off the screen. We're proud to honor the centenary of actress and activist Marsha Hunt.

Hunt, shown in the early 1940s, was an actress at Paramount in the '30s (I had always assumed she knew Lombard there, but at a memorabilia show a few years ago, she told me they never met) and later had some success at MGM in "Cheers For Miss Bishop" and "Panama Hattie." (In 1945, she starred opposite James Stewart in a "Lux Radio Theater" adaptation of "Made For Each Other," five years after Lombard teamed with Fred MacMurray for a version of the story on "Lux.")

In the fall of 1947, Hunt -- then married to screenwriter Robert Presnell Jr. -- appeared on a radio program opposing the House Un-American Activities Committee, then joined other film notables in traveling to Washington to protest HUAC firsthand. Upon returning, she was asked to renounce her actions, refused, and effectively found herself blacklisted from films, radio and TV. (She and many others were able to work on the stage.)

The blacklist petered out in the late '50s, and Hunt -- by now semi-retired -- found work, including a role in the 1971 film "Johnny Got His Gun," written by blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. She continued acting intermittently, including guesting on a 1988 episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation," while also continuing her political activism.

Continuing her stand as a progressive, Hunt has worked on behalf of the homeless in the San Fernando Valley. A documentary about her life, "Marsha Hunt's Sweet Adversity," has made the rounds in recent years.

Hunt has also composed about 50 songs, including "Here's To All Who Love," a tribute to same-sex marriage that has become popular through YouTube.

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