This Legendary Actress Spoke Out Against Hollywood Predators In 1945

November 6, 2017

Long before the recent sexual harassment scandals in Hollywood surfaced, actress Maureen O'Hara called out the inappropriate behavior in the industry.

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The "Miracle on 34th Street" star said in an interview in 1945 that she was ready to "quit the industry" after being branded a "cold potato without sex appeal" for refusing to sleep with studio executives.

British pianist James Rhodes posted a newspaper clipping of O'Hara's interview to Twitter on Saturday.

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"I am so upset with it that I am ready to quit Hollywood," said the then-25-year-old. "It’s got so bad I hate to come to work in the morning. I’m a helpless victim of a Hollywood whispering campaign. Because I don’t let the producer and director kiss me every morning or let them paw me they have spread word around town that I am not a woman – that I am a cold piece of marble statuary.

I guess Hollywood won’t consider me as anything except a cold hunk of marble until I divorce my husband, give my baby away and get my name and photograph in all the newspapers. If that’s Hollywood’s idea of being a woman I’m ready to quit now."

O'Hara still had a long career as a leading lady. She passed away in 2015 at her home in Idaho at the age of 95.

What a woman.

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