While Weinstein has been largely cast out of Hollywood, claims iconic actress Maureen O’Hara made in 1945 demonstrated that the problem is far from being confined to present day, and therefore the removal of one person won’t prove to be a lasting solution.
She said that producers and directors called her a “cold potato without sex appeal,” because she refused to sleep with them.
“Because I don’t let the producer and director kiss me every morning they have spread the word around town that I am not a woman — I am a cold piece of marble statuary,” O’Hara told the Daily Mirror.
She explained that in order for her to be considered “anything other than a cold hunk of marble,” she would have to get divorced, give up her child and dominate the newspapers.
The sexual expectations of the actress seemed to be so immense that she claimed she was “ready to quit Hollywood,” because she hated going to work.
O’Hara managed to make a name for herself despite rejecting the alleged pressure to give in to powerful men’s sexual advances, but in 2014, she reiterated that it didn’t come without a price.
“I wouldn’t throw myself on the casting couch, and I know that cost me parts,” she told The Telegraph. “I wasn’t going to play the whore. That wasn’t me.”