Maureen O'Hara's comment about sexual harassment in Hollywood from 1945 is going viral

Joe Vesey-Byrne
Sunday 05 November 2017 12:30
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The sexual assault allegations made against numerous Hollywood alphas, has led to the unearthing of a claim made in 1945 by actor Maureen O'Hara, about sexism and sexual crimes by studio heads.

An image of a report from The Mirror, purportedly dated 1945, has been shared by the musician and author James Rhodes.

Another copy of the same article, published Tuesday, 27 May 1945, now resides in the British Library.

It states that actor Maureen O'Hara has accused of Hollywood producers of calling her a 'cold potato without sex appeal', because she refused their sexual advances.

O'Hara told The Mirror:

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 continued:

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 around town that I am not a woman, that I am a cold piece of marble statuary.

O'Hara, who died in 2015, was best known for starring in How Green Was My Valley (1941), Miracle on 34th Street (1947), and opposite John Wayne in The Quiet Man (1952),

Speaking to The Daily Telegraph in 2014, O'Hara spoke about how standing up to studio heads harmed her career.

I wouldn't throw myself on the casting couch, and I know that cost me parts.

I wasn't going to play the whore.

That wasn't me.

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