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Hollywood at War: The Female Front

When the United States entered World War II, so did Hollywood. Studios began churning out films that emphasized patriotism and a large contingent of male stars sacrificed their careers to join the armed forces. Women were obviously excluded from combat duty, so they used their celebrity status to raise funds or even to work in the underground. Here are 5 female stars that contributed to war effort, both at home and overseas.   1. Myrna Loy With the outbreak of World War II in Europe, Loy was one of the many Hollywood celebrities that lent her presence and her name to raise money for overseas relief and to support American troops. After the attack on Pearl Harbor forced the U.S. into the war, she joined the Screen Actors Division of the Hollywood Victory Campaign and coordinated talent for hospital tours, bond rallies and camp shows. In April 1943, she took an unpaid full-time job with the American Red Cross as assistant to the director of the Military and Naval Welfare Service for t
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Hollywood at War: Stars Who Served

September 2, 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of VJ-Day, which is the day on which the Empire of Japan finally signed the surrender document, officially ending World War II. Future film star Tony Curtis, then a sailor in the U.S. Navy, actually witnessed much of the formal surrender activities in Tokyo Bay from his ship's signal bridge about a mile away. But Tony Curtis was not the only Hollywood celebrity who took up arms against the Axis Powers. Here is a list of 10 stars of the silver screen who served and fought during World War II, before and after they were famous. 1. James Stewart Stewart enlisted in the U. S. Army Air Forces in February 1941. After receiving his basic training at Moffett Field, California, he served as flight instructor at Kirtland Army Air Field in Albuquerque, New Mexico and at Gowen Field in Boise, Idaho. In July 1943, he reported to the Army Air Base in Sioux City, Iowa and was appointed commander of the 703rd Squadron of the 445th Bombardment Group. In

Golden Couples: Henry Fonda & Barbara Stanwyck

In the mid- and late 1930s, screwball comedy was in vogue and pratically every actress in Hollywood tried her hand at it. Barbara Stanwyck never considered herself a naturally funny person or a commedienne per se , but after delivering a heart-wrenching performance in King Vidor's Stella Dallas (1937), she decided she needed a « vacation » from emotional dramas. In her search for a role, she stumbled upon a « champagne comedy » called The Mad Miss Manton (1938), originally intended as a Katharine Hepburn vehicle.   Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda in The Mad Miss Manton     Directed by Leigh Jason from a script by Philip G. Epstein, The Mad Miss Manton begins when vivacious Park Avenue socialite Melsa Manton finds a corpse while walking her dogs in the early hours of the morning. She calls the police, but they dismiss the incident — not only because Melsa is a notorious prankster, but also because the body disappears in the meantime. Sarcastic newspaper editor Peter Ames is p

The Carole Lombard Memorial Blogathon: The Gable & Lombard Love Story

A lot happened in 1932. Gandhi was arrested by the British in India; Hattie W. Caraway became the first woman elected to the United States Senate; Aldous Huxley's  Brave New World  was published; women's suffrage was granted in Brazil; James Chadwick discovered the neutron; Goofy made his first ever appearance in a Disney short; the Summer Olympic Games took place in Los Angeles; the first Mars bar was produced; Babe Ruth performed his famous called shot; the BBC World Service began broadcasting; and the iconic Radio City Music Hall opened in Manhattan. It was also in 1932 that Carole Lombard met Clark Gable for the first time, not knowing each would change the other's life forever.     Jane Alice Peters was born to a wealthy Indiana family on October 6, 1908. When she was seven years old, her parents separated and her mother, Bessie, took her and her two older brothers to live in Los Angeles. Jane grew up a «tomboy» and was passionately involved in sports in middle school