Irish film star Maureen O’Hara spoke out about sexual harassment in Hollywood back in 1945, it has been revealed.
The legendary actress, who passed away in 2015, was vocal about being harassed by powerful men in the film industry when she was just 25.
In wake of the Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey scandals, a newspaper article quoting Maureen O’Hara from 1945 has gone viral on Twitter.
The article was shared by James Rhodes on Twitter, and it reads, “Irish film star Maureen O’Hara to-day charged Hollywood producers and directors with calling her ‘A cold potato without sex appeal’ because she refuses to let them make love to her, says the Mirror New York correspondent.”
This was reported in 1945. What a woman ???????? pic.twitter.com/6cTFGgadNf
— James Rhodes (@JRhodesPianist) November 4, 2017
Maureen is quoted saying, “I am so upset with it that I am ready to quit Hollywood. It’s got so bad I hate to come to work in the morning.
“I am a helpless victim of a Hollywood whispering campaign. Because I don’t let my producer and director kiss me every morning or let them paw me they have spread the 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 a woman I’m ready to quit now.”
The tweet has gained over 50,000 retweets, and over 130,000 likes.
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