Marsha Hunt 's 101st Birthday Gift

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Hi All:  Thursday  October 17th is Marsha Hunt's 101st birthday!  If you are looking for a memorable gift to send her, please consider making a donation to our documentary fund as we try to raise funds to get the film into a limited run in a theater in her hometown, New York City in October ( Oct 26- Nov. 1st) 

OR, If you'd like to make a TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATION - through the 501c3 - The International Documentary Association (DONATIONS MADE THROUGH THIS PAGE ARE NOT TAX DEDUCTIBLE.) Here's a link where you can make a tax deductible donation online via PayPal. I willl forward check on if you go through the IDA.

If you're not crazy about making donations over the internet, you can mail a check to me at 12740 Pacific Avenue #6 Los Angeles CA 90066

Marsha has led an extraordinary life. After she was unfairly blacklisted - and her career in film, television and radio came to a quiet halt, she found a new passion as a humanitarian and activist. She WAS the first Angelina Jolie. Eleanor Roosevelt was her mentor when she started supporting the United Nations Association in 1955. She gave over 50 years to the U.N going around the country talking about the specialized agencies of the UN & the good work they were doing. She was one of Hollywood's first celebrity activists. Starting with World War II, where she worked almost every Saturday night of the war at the Hollywood Canteen- and for the next seven decades, Marsha raised awareness and funds for the homeless, the hungry, those with mental illness... the list goes on. In 2017, she celebrates 82 years as an actress.

If Marsha has touched your life in ANY way, please show your gratitude by "paying it forward".

Please HONOR her life by giving WHAT you can.  Times ARE tough. if you can't give a donation, you can do your part by SHARING this with others who love Marsha.  Let's get this film into THEATERS!!
Please help me publicize this - I could use some publicity about the film.. SHARE THIS LINK.. 
Blessings to ALL and PEACE to all wherever you are in the world!! - Roger C. Memos, Director "Marsha Hunt's Sweet Adversity"

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Good Morning everyone.. Exciting news here.. I have rented a theater in NYC for our New York City Premiere of "Marsha Hunt's Sweet Adversity". The film will show, one time only at the Anthology Film Archives at 1;45 pm on Saturday, October 27th at 1:45 pm. (Doors open at 1 pm,) Ticket price: $15.00 The theater is in the East Village at 32 Second Avenue. After I make my costs back, all profits for the film will be donated in Marsha's name to Comic Relief and Red Nose Day, in honor of Marsha's 101st birthday on October 17th. I have 187 seats to fill - and thus far have only sold 17 seats ( and I bought 7 of those) so... here is the link to purchase tickets ahead of time PLEASE SHARE THIS with Marsha fans in the Tri-State area. Please help me fill up the theater! I'd like to make a nice donation in Marsha's name.. I will also be selling Marsha postcards & magnets to raise a little more$$ for the charity.
Also, if you'd like to drop Marsha a note for her birthday, email me the note at Thanks again to all for your financial and emotional support. I couldn't have got this far with out you!- bless you all, near and far and plz introduce yourself to me if you come to the theater in NYC on the 27th!!- roger
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Hi All.. just a quick update on the progress of the documentary. Over 675 people saw the film in Encino, Beverly Hills, and North Hollywood when It played in July. Everyone I spoke to was SO pleased with the film - and felt that the film needed to get out to the public ASAP!
Next stop for the documentary, hopefully, New York City in late October. My original plan was to pay for a theatrical run but it turned out that NYC, prices are just too high for our budget. So now I am trying to find non-profits or college/high schools who might want to host a screening, someone who already has a venue so I don't have to pay. PLZ all, if you have any thoughts, please let me know.

Th other reason that I feel that i must go to NYC is that Marsha turns 101 on October 17th, and NYC is her hometown. She can't go but the film can! I'll keep you posted as to my progress.
In the meantime, we are getting the film ready for video on demand, streaming, I tunes.etc. There is a LOT of "quality control " work that has to be done before we can even get the film on television. I'm very excited but unfortunately, the process is so costly! Close captioning is $700.00. I owe $750.00 for film clip licensing.. my liability insurance renewal is $900.00.. it seems never ending .. while I have been watching the budget carefully, these expenses are part of the post production process.

I hate asking, and you all have been so generous but i must put it out there.. if the spirit moves you, in honor of Marsha's 101st birthday, perhpas you could share this link with a friend or an activist that you know might want to donate to help us complete the post production process. Please know that this film is Marsha's final act of social activism. The film is a tool for change. If you should know someone who might want to donate but would like to see the film, I'd be glad to provide them with a private link to the film. Just know that the film looks good - an d we got good reviews. I must forge on - For Marsha and for the world. The film is about civility.. I want more and more people to see it! Again, thank you all from the bottom of my heart!- roger
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Hello and good morning.. I want to thank each and every one of you for your generous donations. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! We had a wonderful run of the documentary in Encino. I went to all the screenings and met the 444 people who came to see the film over the course of the week. Just about everyone raved about the film- and left the theater inspired by Marsha's story. We sold out the screening on July 17th - 174 seats..Marsha spoke.. the photo enclosed here is of my sister in law's father Karl Rupp who reminds Marsha that they danced together at the Hollywood Canteen in 1943!
As a result of our good numbers, The Laemmles offered us a screening of the film at the Fine Arts Theater next Tuesday July 31st at 7:30 pm. Claudia Puig, President of the L.A. Film Critics Association will be moderating the Q &A session with Marsha after the film ( She LOVED the film!)
I am concerned about attendance. There are a few variables. We didn't have enough time to get publicity into the weekly papers here in town. And there is construction on Wilshire Boulevard that could scare people away.
Here is information about the film screening, as well as a link to purchase tickets. Could I ask you all to "cut and paste" and share with friends and family in the Los Angeles area. If anyone needs to reach out to me, I can be reached at Here is film information and again, thank you from the bottom of my heart. You should know that you all have made a 100 old woman SO happy! Marsha can't get over how kind and beautiful her fans are!

"Marsha Hunt's Sweet Adversity"
Directed by Roger C. Memos
Produced by Richard Adkins, Joan Cohen & Roger C. Memos
Running Time: 97 Minutes

Aryha Fine ArtsTheater
8556 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Show date: Tuesday, July 31, 2018 7:30 p.m.

Marsha Hunt is scheduled to speak after this screening. Claudia Puig, President of the L.A. Film Critics Association will moderate the Q & A.

For press inquiries, please contact Beve Regas at or Roger C. Memos at 310-717-9364

Synopsis: In 1935, 17-year old aspiring actress Marsha Hunt was discovered in Hollywood. She signed with Paramount Pictures and went on to a flourishing career at MGM. She made 54 films in 17 years before a series of unfortunate events led to her being unfairly blacklisted. After the blacklist, she championed humanitarian causes, forging a career as one of Hollywood’s first celebrity activists. As far back as 1955, she worked tirelessly alongside her mentor, Eleanor Roosevelt, to support the work that the United Nations Association was accomplishing in the U.S. At age 100, Marsha continues to fight for causes she believes in. This film is a call to action for activists of all ages.

Link to Laemmle Theatre to purchase tickets:
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1 month ago

Your message says 1:45. The ticket website says 1pm. Can you confirm the time please?

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Ruth Seligman
1 month ago

To honor Horace Mann High School for Girls alumna of the HM Class of 1934, Marsha Hunt, for all the good she does in the world, and for her grace and enduring beauty.

James Babbin
1 month ago

Met Marsha Hunt event and she is just an incredible woman. Wishing her a happy birthday. May a great day be followed by 364 even better ones. Break a leg with this film and I hope to see it soon.

Lorraine Attreed
1 month ago

Studying Marsha's film "Cry Havoc!" in War & Cinema class -- we celebrated her 101st birthday there today!

Kay Stemnock
1 month ago

Happy Birthday, Marsha!

2 months ago
1 month ago

Your message says 1:45. The ticket website says 1pm. Can you confirm the time please?

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