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Martita Hunt

Martita Hunt
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Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 30 january 1900 at Buenos Aires (Argentine)
Death 13 june 1969 (at 69 years) at London (United-kingdom)

Martita Edith Hunt (30 January 1900 – 13 June 1969) was an Argentine-born English theatre and film actress. She had a dominant stage presence and played a wide range of powerful characters. She is best-remembered for her performance as Miss Havisham in David Lean's Great Expectations.


Early life
Hunt was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 30 January 1900 to English parents Alfred and Marta (née Burnett) Hunt. She spent the first 20 years of her life in Argentina before she returned with her parents to England to attend Queenwood Ladies' College, in Eastbourne, and then to train as an actress.

Early theatrical career
Hunt began her acting career in repertory theatre at Liverpool before moving to London. She first appeared there in the Stage Society's production of Ernst Toller's The Machine Wreckers at the Kingsway Theatre in May 1923. From 1923-29 she appeared as the Principessa della Cercola in W. Somerset Maugham's Our Betters (Globe, 1924) and as Mrs. Linde in Ibsen's A Doll's House (Playhouse, 1925) in the West End, along with engagements at club theatres such as the Q Theatre and the Arts Theatre and a short 1926 Chekhov season at the small Barnes Theatre under Theodore Komisarjevsky (playing Charlotta Ivanovna, in The Cherry Orchard and Olga in Three Sisters).

In September 1929, she joined the Old Vic company, then led by Harcourt Williams, and, during the following eight months played Béline in Molière's The Imaginary Invalid, Queen Elizabeth in George Bernard Shaw's The Dark Lady of the Sonnets, and Lavinia in Shaw's Androcles and the Lion. However, her time there was more noted for a succession of Shakespearian roles: The Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, Portia in The Merchant of Venice, the Queen in Richard II, Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Portia in Julius Caesar), including some alongside John Gielgud (Rosalind in As You Like It, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, and Gertrude in Hamlet.

Donald Roy, in Hunt's Oxford Dictionary of National Biography entry, wrote:"With an arresting appearance and a dominant stage presence, she proved most effective as strong, tragic characters, her Gertrude in Hamlet being accounted by some critics the finest they had seen."
She then returned to the West End (briefly returning to the Old Vic to play Emilia in their 1938 Othello), notably playing Edith Gunter in Dodie Smith's Autumn Crocus (Lyric, 1931), the Countess of Rousillon in All's Well That Ends Well (Arts, 1932), Lady Strawholme in Ivor Novello's Fresh Fields (Criterion, 1933), Liz Frobisher in John Van Druten's The Distaff Side (Apollo, 1933), Barbara Dawe in Clemence Dane's Moonlight is Silver (Queen's, 1934), Theodora in Elmer Rice's Not for Children (Fortune, 1935), Masha in Chekhov's The Seagull (New Theatre, 1936), the Mother in an English-language version of García Lorca's Bodas de sangre ("Marriage of Blood"; Savoy, 1939), Léonie in Jean Cocteau's Les Parents terribles (Gate, 1940), Mrs Cheveley in Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband (Westminster, 1943), and Cornelia in John Webster's The White Devil (Duchess, 1947).

Early film career
Hunt also appeared in many supporting and cameo roles in several popular British films such as Good Morning Boys (1937), Trouble Brewing (1939), and The Man in Grey (1943). The Wicked Lady (1945) was an international success, but her next film role in David Lean's Great Expectations (1946) would be her most famous and most lauded. As Miss Havisham, she reprised her role from the 1939 stage adaptation by Alec Guinness which provided the inspiration and template for Lean's film. Her performance met with significant acclaim and Roger Ebert later wrote in 1999 that she "dominate[d] the [film's] early scenes, playing Miss Havisham as a beak-nosed, shabby figure, bedecked in crumbling lace and linen, not undernourished despite her long exile."

Later career
From this time on she divided her time between British and American films as well as the stage. She won a Tony Award in 1949 for her Broadway début as Countess Aurelia in the English-speaking première of Giraudoux's The Madwoman of Chaillot (though she had relatively less impact on the production's 1952 tour). Her last stage role was as Angélique Boniface in Hotel Paradiso, an adaptation from Feydeau, again alongside Guinness at the Winter Garden Theatre in May 1956.

Other films in which she appeared include: Anna Karenina (1948), The Fan (1949), Anastasia (1956), Three Men in a Boat (1956), The Admirable Crichton (1957), The Brides of Dracula (1960), The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962), Becket (1964), The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964) and Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965). She also appeared on TV as Lady Bastable in several adaptations of the Saki stories (1962)

Martita Hunt died of bronchial asthma at her home in Hampstead, London, aged 69, on 13 June 1969. Her estate was valued at £5,390. She never married. She was an aunt of actor Gareth Hunt.

She was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium on 19 June and her ashes lie in the Ivor Novello Rose Bed.

Best films

Becket (1964)
Anastasia (1956)
Great Expectations (1946)

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Filmography of Martita Hunt (79 films)

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The Best House in London, 1h45
Directed by Philip Saville
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Films about prostitution, Erotic thriller films
Actors David Hemmings, Joanna Pettet, George Sanders, Dany Robin, Warren Mitchell, John Bird
Roles Headmistress
Rating46% 2.337722.337722.337722.337722.33772
Dans l'Angleterre victorienne dans laquelle la prostitution est réprimée de manière sévère, des jeunes dandys londoniens persuadent le ministre de l'intérieur d'ouvrir un bordel de luxe…
Bunny Lake Is Missing, 1h47
Directed by Otto Preminger
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller
Actors Laurence Olivier, Carol Lynley, Keir Dullea, Martita Hunt, Anna Massey, Finlay Currie
Roles Ada Ford
Rating72% 3.6478053.6478053.6478053.6478053.647805
American single mother Ann Lake (Carol Lynley), who recently moved to London from New York, arrives at the Little People's Garden preschool to collect her daughter, Bunny. The child has mysteriously disappeared. An administrator recalls meeting with Ann but claims never to have seen the missing child. Ann and her brother Stephen (Keir Dullea) search the school and find a sinister woman living upstairs, who claims she collects children's nightmares. In desperation, the Lakes call the police and Superintendent Newhouse (Laurence Olivier) arrives on the scene.
Becket (1964)
, 2h28
Directed by Peter Glenville
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Biography, Historical
Themes Films about religion, Théâtre, Films based on plays
Actors Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole, John Gielgud, Donald Wolfit, Martita Hunt, Pamela Brown
Roles Empress Matilda
Rating77% 3.8976353.8976353.8976353.8976353.897635
During the late 12th century, about 100 years after the 1066 Norman Conquest of England, the Normans have removed the native ruling class, replacing it with a new monarchy, aristocracy, and clerical hierarchy.
The Unsinkable Molly Brown, 2h8
Directed by Charles Walters
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Biography, Comedy, Fantasy, Musical, Romance
Themes Seafaring films, Films about music and musicians, Transport films, RMS Titanic in fiction, Musical films, Films based on plays, Films based on musicals, Disaster films, Films about seafaring accidents or incidents
Actors Debbie Reynolds, Harve Presnell, Ed Begley, Hermione Baddeley, Martita Hunt, Fred Essler
Roles Grand duchess Elise Lupavinova
Rating67% 3.3969153.3969153.3969153.3969153.396915
Rescued from the Colorado River as an infant and raised by Shamus Tobin, tomboy Molly Brown is determined to find a wealthy man to marry. She journeys to Leadville, Colorado and is hired as a saloon singer by Christmas Morgan. After miner Johnny Brown renovates his cabin, the two wed, and he sells his claim in a silver mine for $300,000. Soon after the money Molly hid in the stove accidentally is burned, Johnny discovers the richest gold vein in state history.
The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm, 2h15
Directed by Henry Levin, George Pal
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Biography, Fantasy, Adventure, Musical
Themes Inspiré de l'univers des contes et légendes, Films about writers, Films about magic and magicians, Musical films, Children's films
Actors Laurence Harvey, Claire Bloom, Karlheinz Böhm, Barbara Eden, Walter Slezak, Oskar Homolka
Roles Anna Richter (Story Teller)
Rating63% 3.1989053.1989053.1989053.1989053.198905
The story focuses on the Grimm brothers, Wilhelm (Laurence Harvey) and Jacob (Karlheinz Böhm), and is biographical and fantastical at the same time. They are working to finish a history for a local Duke (Oscar Homolka), though Wilhelm is more interested in collecting fairy tales and often spends their money to hear them from locals. Tales such as "The Dancing Princess" and "The Cobbler and the Elves" are integrated into the main plot. One of the tales is told as an experiment to three children in a book store to see if publishing a collection of fairytales has any merit. Another tale, "The Singing Bone", is told by an old woman (Martita Hunt) in the forest who tells stories to children, while the uninvited Wilhelm secretly listens through an open window. The culmination of this tale involves a jeweled dragon and features the most involved usage of the film's special effects.
I Like Money, 1h37
Directed by Peter Sellers
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Théâtre, Films based on plays
Actors Peter Sellers, Herbert Lom, Leo McKern, Nadia Gray, Martita Hunt, Michael Gough
Roles Baroness
Rating59% 2.9656752.9656752.9656752.9656752.965675
Mr. Topaze (Peter Sellers) is an unassuming school teacher in an unassuming small French town who is honest to a fault. He is fired when he refuses to give a passing grade to a bad student, the grandson of a wealthy Baroness (Martita Hunt). Castel Benac (Herbert Lom), a government official who runs a crooked financial business on the side, is persuaded by his mistress, Suzy (Nadia Gray), a musical comedy actress, to hire Mr. Topaze as the front man for his business. Gradually, Topaze becomes a rapacious financier who sacrifices his honesty for success and, in a final stroke of business bravado, fires Benac and acquires Suzy in the deal. An old friend and colleague, Tamise (Michael Gough) questions him and tells Topaze that what he now says and practices indicates there are no more honest men.
The Brides of Dracula, 1h25
Directed by Terence Fisher
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Fantastic, Horror
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Dracula films, Vampires in film
Actors Peter Cushing, Martita Hunt, Yvonne Monlaur, David Peel, Freda Jackson, Mona Washbourne
Roles Baroness Meinster
Rating66% 3.349293.349293.349293.349293.34929
A gloomy wood is seen as a voice is heard, narrating: Transylvania, land of dark forests, dread mountains and black unfathomable lakes. Still the home of magic and devilry as the nineteenth century draws to its close. Count Dracula, monarch of all vampires is dead. But his disciples live on to spread the cult and corrupt the world...
Song Without End, 2h21
Directed by George Cukor, Charles Vidor
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Films about classical music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Dirk Bogarde, Capucine, Geneviève Page, Patricia Morison, Ivan Desny, Martita Hunt
Roles Grand Duchess
Rating59% 2.950552.950552.950552.950552.95055
Jeune pianiste de talent et salué par la critique, Franz Lizst n'en reste pas moins un personnage torturé par la solitude. À l'occasion d'une tournée européenne, le jeune artiste fait la rencontre de la princesse Caroline Sayn-Wittengenstei. Tous deux entament une idylle à double tranchant puisque cette nouvelle relation a une conséquence négative sur les performances de Franz.
Venetian Honeymoon, 1h22
Directed by Alberto Cavalcanti, Mario Costa
Origin Italie
Genres Comedy, Romance
Actors Alberto Sordi, Martine Carol, Nino Taranto, Vittorio De Sica, Philippe Nicaud, Claudia Cardinale
Roles Lisa Bradwell
Rating68% 3.415643.415643.415643.415643.41564
L'oncle Arduino Pasti, immigré pauvre en Afrique du Sud, laisse à son décès un héritage remarquable à ses cinq petit-enfant en Italie qui font tout pour en profiter au maximum. Giuseppe (Nino Taranto) et le comte Alfonso (Alberto Sordi) tentent avant tout de faire valoir l'héritage jusqu'au sou.
Bonjour Tristesse, 1h34
Directed by Otto Preminger
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes La provence
Actors Deborah Kerr, David Niven, Jean Seberg, Mylène Demongeot, Geoffrey Horne, Juliette Gréco
Roles Philippe's Mother
Rating68% 3.449063.449063.449063.449063.44906
On the French Riviera, Cécile (Jean Seberg) is a decadent young girl who lives with her rich playboy father, Raymond (David Niven). Anne (Deborah Kerr), a mature and cultured friend of Raymond's late wife, arrives at Raymond's villa for a visit. Cécile is afraid that Anne will disrupt the undisciplined way of life that she has shared with her father.
Me and the Colonel, 1h49
Directed by Peter Glenville
Origin USA
Genres War, Comedy
Themes Political films, Films based on plays, Buddy films
Actors Danny Kaye, Curd Jürgens, Nicole Maurey, Françoise Rosay, Akim Tamiroff, Martita Hunt
Roles Mother Superior
Rating70% 3.5379953.5379953.5379953.5379953.537995
In Paris during the World War II invasion of France by Nazi Germany, Jewish refugee S. L. Jacobowsky (Danny Kaye) seeks to leave the country before it falls. Meanwhile, Polish diplomat Dr. Szicki (Ludwig Stössel) gives antisemitic, autocratic Polish Colonel Prokoszny (Curt Jürgens) secret information that must be delivered to London by a certain date.
Dangerous Exile, 1h31
Directed by Brian Desmond Hurst, George Pollock
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Adventure, Historical, Romance
Themes Political films, French Revolution films
Actors Louis Jourdan, Belinda Lee, Keith Michell, Richard O'Sullivan, Martita Hunt, Finlay Currie
Roles Lady Lydia Fell
Rating55% 2.779592.779592.779592.779592.77959
The Duke Philippe de Beauvais smuggles his own son into the prison cell where Louis XVII is kept. Thus Louis XVII can escape unnoticed to England. Unfortunately the aerostat, steered by Duke Philippe de Beauvais, lands accidentally on a remote island. There an American spinster, Virginia Traill, takes care of the strange child. She finds the dauphin profoundly traumatised and not interested in becoming a king. Meanwhile Louis' uncle in Vienna has declared himself the new French king. In order to safeguard his claim on the throne, he sends assassins who shall murder the dauphin. Being unaware of the exchange, he has Richard de Beauvais killed. But now the dauphin's torturers recognise they have been deceived. Informed by a message of an English spy they send a ship to the island where the real dauphin hides. They attack the house of Virginia Traill and stop at nothing to detect the dauphin's hiding-place.
The Admirable Crichton, 1h34
Directed by Lewis Gilbert
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Films based on plays, Disaster films, Films about seafaring accidents or incidents
Actors Kenneth More, Diane Cilento, Cecil Parker, Sally Ann Howes, Martita Hunt, Jack Watling
Roles Lady Brocklehurst
Rating70% 3.5433.5433.5433.5433.543
In 1905 William Crichton (Kenneth More) is the efficient butler in the London household of the Earl of Loam (Cecil Parker) and his family. Crichton knows his place in the highly class-conscious English society. The Earl insists that all men are equal, and to prove it, he orders his daughters to treat the staff as guests during an uncomfortable afternoon tea. Lady Brocklehurst (Martita Hunt) arrives and strongly disapproves of the arrangement, as does Crichton.