This is refreshing.
A 72-year-old interview with Irish actress Maureen O’Hara has revealed how the Irish star was calling out Hollywood sexism back in 1945.
Then 25-years-old, O’Hara who an iconic figure in Hollywood’s Golden Age of the 1940s and 1950s, told The Mirror she was ready to quit the industry after being branded a ‘cold potato without sex appeal’ for refusing to sleep with studio bigwigs.
A clipping of the interview with the actress was shared on Twitter by pianist James Rhodes, leading to a deluge of praise for the star of of films such as How Green Was My Valley and Miracle on 34th Street for speaking out.
‘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,’ she told the paper.
‘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,’ she continued.