Hunt, Martita, 1900-1969

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Epithet: actress

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001027.0x0003c5

Born in Argentina in 1900, Hunt made her first stage appearance in the 1920s with the Liverpool Repertory Company, before going on to work in the West End. She joined the Old Vic in 1929, where she played many roles from Lady Macbeth to Rosalind. She returned to work in the West End in the 1930s although her first major success in a leading role was in America in Jean Giraudoux's The Madwoman of Chaillot . She also appeared in many films, notably as Miss Havisham in David Lean's 1946 version of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations . Fame eluded her until 1948, when she was asked to play the lead in the Broadway production of The Madwoman of Chaillot . Her performance (also her Broadway debut) won her a Tony award. Hunt died in 1969 at her home in London.

From the guide to the Martita Hunt Collection, c.1910s - 1960s, (V&A Department of Theatre and Performance)

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referencedIn Philippe Halsman theatrical photographs, 1947-1969 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Vol. lxxxiv a (ff. 191). 23 Jan 1953 -31 Dec. 1953.Harold Freedman, literary agent: Brandt and Brandt Dramatic Department, Inc: Correspondence, including telegrams, of H. Freedman, President of Brandt & Brandt Dramatic Department, Inc. and other mem... British Library
creatorOf Basso, Hamilton, 1904-1964. Studio one-- The great lady. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
referencedIn Anderson, Doug, 1919-. Doug Anderson papers, 1948?-1954. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Doug Anderson papers, 1948?-1954 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Martita Hunt Collection, c.1910s - 1960s V & A Department of Theatre and Performance
referencedIn Souvenir programs for theatrical productions, 1906-2005. Harvard Theater Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
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associatedWith Anderson, Doug, 1919- person
associatedWith Annakin, Ken., 1914-2009 person
associatedWith Beaton, Cecil., 1904-1980 person
associatedWith Cocteau, Jean., 1889-1963 person
associatedWith Dane, Clemence., 1888-1965 person
associatedWith Dickens, Charles., 1812-1870 person
associatedWith Garcia Lorca, Federico., 1898-1936 person
associatedWith Giraudoux, Jean., 1882-1994 person
associatedWith Guinness, Alec., 1914-2000 person
associatedWith Halsman, Philippe person
associatedWith Lean, David., 1908-1991 person
associatedWith Leigh, Vivien., 1913-1967 person
associatedWith McBean, Angus., 1904-1990 person
associatedWith Mills, John., 1908-2005 person
associatedWith Rattigan, Terence., 1911-1977 person
associatedWith Shakespeare, William., 1564-1616 person
associatedWith Simmons, Jean., 1929-2010 person
associatedWith Steen, Marguerite., 1894-1975 person
associatedWith Thorndike, Dame Sybil., 1882-1976 person
associatedWith Wilde, Oscar., 1854-1900 person
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Birth 1900-01-30

Death 1969-06-13




Ark ID: w6gn2t9f

SNAC ID: 13111083