I’ve always been under the firm belief that World War II era America is one of the most patriotic times this country has ever had. Women saved cooking grease, nylon hose and tubes of toothpaste to donate for war materials. Film stars enlisted and performed for the soldiers. Female actresses danced with soldiers and talked to them about their mother’s and girlfriends. Here are some photos I found of actors entertaining service men. Enjoy 🙂
Betty Hutton dancing with a soldier
Olivia de Havilland with Navy officers
Ginger Rogers, Gloria DeHaven and other actresses shower a young soldier with attention. (LIFE)
Loretta Young visiting a Naval hospital
Carole Landis visiting soldiers in the South Pacific
Hedy Lamarr playing cards with soldiers
Ann Sheridan preparing to visit men overseas. Notice that she is also painted on the side of the plane.
USO king, Bob Hope, with soldiers
Marlene Dietrich playing the saw between her knees for a military audience. (My grandfather saw her do this)
Carole Lombard selling war bonds.
Robert Benchley and Charles Butterworth serving coffee at the Hollywood Canteen
Rita Hayworth showing some cheesecake as she dishes up food at the Hollywood Canteen
Veronica Lake mingling with a solider
This may be my favorite: Marlene Dietrich, Bob Hope, Joan Leslie, Jane Wyman (I think), and Bette Davis looking at Hollywood actors who enlisted. I think Bette is crying
Hope you enjoyed all of the photos. HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY! 🙂
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