The fallout from Harvey Weinstein's innumerable sexual assault allegations has led to a powerful cultural movement. Women in every industry are drawing attention to their histories of sexual harassment and finally being given a microphone to call out instances of predatory behavior by powerful men.
While we're finally beginning to recognize the deeply pervasive nature of this type of abuse, especially in Hollywood, it's important to realize that it has always been present. Though we've at last begun to call it out, women have been sexually mistreated by their professional superiors for as long as they've been a part of the workforce.
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.
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.
I wouldn't throw myself on the casting couch, and I know that cost me parts. I wasn't going to play the wh***. That wasn't me.
O'Hara is best remembered for her roles in How Green Was My Valley (1941), Miracle on 34th Street (1947), and The Quiet Man (1952). In the last of those roles, opposite John Wayne, many thought she should have been nominated for an Academy Award, but she believes director John Ford, who was obsessed with her in an unhealthy fashion (even going so far as to break into her home and go through her belongings), waged a behind-closed-doors war to deny her a nomination.
I try to watch "The Quiet Man" at least once a year. Yes indeed, quite a woman.— Stealth Jeff (@drawandstrike) November 6, 2017
I love the strength she showed but it’s so upsetting to think that 70 years later women are still forced to fight this same battle— E B McConigley (@EB_McConigley) November 4, 2017
Despite this experience, she was never a victim. A strong, beautiful and talented woman. I miss her.— texasgirlnyc (@texasgirlnyc) November 5, 2017
I had an aunt who was a dancer/actress in the '30s who 'splained this to me more than 50 years ago. Can anyone truly claim to be "shocked"?— hawk yankee (@hawkyankee) November 5, 2017
Hey fellas, the next time we tell you this has been going on since time immemorial, believe us— BJQuinn (@nycquinn) November 5, 2017