Actress Maureen O'Hara Was Calling Out Hollywood's Sexual Harassment Problem Back in 1945

Katie Roberts
Maureen O'Hara

After news first broke last month about Hollywood heavyweight Harvey Weinstein's decades-long campaign of alleged sexual harassment and assault, the floodgates have opened, with hundreds of women and men coming forward to tell similar tales of abuses they've suffered at the hands of powerful people in the entertainment industry. But as many have already said, this isn't exactly a new story, as proven by more than 70-year-old remarks from a legendary star of Hollywood's Golden Age.

The piece, featuring the late Irish actress Maureen O'Hara ("The Quiet Man," "How Green Was My Valley"), was published in the New York Mirror back in 1945, and was recently unearthed on Twitter by pianist James Rhodes. The story detailed O'Hara's grievances with inappropriate requests from her superiors on film sets, including directors and producers whom the actress alleged had essentially blacklisted her because she refused to provide them with sexual favors.

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