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Martita Hunt (1900-1969), Actress

Sitter in 2 portraits
Born of British parents in Argentina, Hunt first appeared on the stage in 1921. She joined Lilian Baylis's Old Vic Company in 1929 on John Gielgud's insistence and the following year played opposite his Macbeth. Throughout the 1940s she appeared in the West End and on Broadway. She was Angelica to Alec Guinness's Boniface in Hotel Paradiso, the Feydeau farce which included Kenneth Williams and Irene Worth in 1956. Hunt made her first film appearance in I was a Spy in 1933; she was also Miss Havisham in David Lean's production of Great Expectations (1946) and had cameo parts in Bonjour Tristesse (1958), Becket (1964) and Bunny Lake is Missing (1965).

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Martita Hunt as Miss Havisham in 'Great Expectations'

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print on white card mount, 1945
NPG x14113


Martita Hunt

by Robert Duckworth Greenham
oil on board, 1944
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6631