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Hollywood Stars In World War 2 – 43 Photos

By on 9 January 2014 | comments 1

WHAT did Hollywood stars do during the War? These 43 photos help us to understand:

Merle Oberon, movie star, and Alfred G. Vanderbilt raise a din by beating pans at an aluminum-collection breakfast at the stork club in New York, July 23, 1941. The price of admission was a piece of aluminum ware. (AP Photo)

Merle Oberon, movie star, and Alfred G. Vanderbilt raise a din by beating pans at an aluminum-collection breakfast at the stork club in New York, July 23, 1941. The price of admission was a piece of aluminum ware. (AP Photo)

 

Bunny Waters, 6-foot movie actress, provides a shapely background for a war stamp “V” being put on by Helen O’Hara in Hollywood, California on July 6, 1943, to encourage the drive for $130,000,000 in stamps to build the aircraft carrier Shangri-La. (AP Photo)

Bunny Waters, 6-foot movie actress, provides a shapely background for a war stamp “V” being put on by Helen O’Hara in Hollywood, California on July 6, 1943, to encourage the drive for $130,000,000 in stamps to build the aircraft carrier Shangri-La. (AP Photo)

First Lieut. Clark Gable, former movie actor now an aerial gunner in the Army Air Forces, wears a double shoulder sling of .50 caliber machine gun bullets in taking off on a practice firing mission at Tyndall Field in Panama City, Florida on Jan. 20, 1943. (AP Photo)

First Lieut. Clark Gable, former movie actor now an aerial gunner in the Army Air Forces, wears a double shoulder sling of .50 caliber machine gun bullets in taking off on a practice firing mission at Tyndall Field in Panama City, Florida on Jan. 20, 1943. (AP Photo)

Actress Rita Hayworth participates in the scrap metal recycling campaign by donating her car's bumper in response to the call for bumpers and other non-essential metal car parts for the war effort in Hollywood. Hayworth has also been selling war bonds.

Actress Rita Hayworth participates in the scrap metal recycling campaign by donating her car’s bumper in response to the call for bumpers and other non-essential metal car parts for the war effort in Hollywood. Hayworth has also been selling war bonds.

Hedy Lamarr autographs the cement court at the United Service Organizations (USO) Hollywood Canteen as servicemen surround the movie actress, Dec. 13, 1942. (AP Photo)

Hedy Lamarr autographs the cement court at the United Service Organizations (USO) Hollywood Canteen as servicemen surround the movie actress, Dec. 13, 1942. (AP Photo)

Dressed in the uniform of a technical sergeant of the U.S. Army Air Forces which he joined, Gene Autry, cowboy movie actor, found himself as popular with a pair of glamorous actresses as he is with the kids of the nation when he appeared at a benefit party staged by film actress Marion Davies, Aug. 9, 1942. With him are Rita Hayworth, left, and Dorothy Lamour. (AP Photo)

Dressed in the uniform of a technical sergeant of the U.S. Army Air Forces which he joined, Gene Autry, cowboy movie actor, found himself as popular with a pair of glamorous actresses as he is with the kids of the nation when he appeared at a benefit party staged by film actress Marion Davies, Aug. 9, 1942. With him are Rita Hayworth, left, and Dorothy Lamour. (AP Photo)

An honor guard of soldiers and Army and Navy officers greeted the 'Victory Caravan' of movie stars when they arrived at Union Station in Washington, April 29, 1942, for their first appearance on a tour for Army and Navy relief funds. Left to right are: Joan Bennett, producer Mark Sandrich, Charlotte Greenwood, in back, Rear Admiral Arthur J. Hepburn, Chief of the Navy Bureau of Public Relations, Claudette Colbert, Pat O'Brien, Joan Blondell, and Lt. Col. William Mason Wright, Jr., chief of the photographic section of the Army's Bureau of Public Relations. (AP Photo/Charles Gorry)

An honor guard of soldiers and Army and Navy officers greeted the ‘Victory Caravan’ of movie stars when they arrived at Union Station in Washington, April 29, 1942, for their first appearance on a tour for Army and Navy relief funds. Left to right are: Joan Bennett, producer Mark Sandrich, Charlotte Greenwood, in back, Rear Admiral Arthur J. Hepburn, Chief of the Navy Bureau of Public Relations, Claudette Colbert, Pat O’Brien, Joan Blondell, and Lt. Col. William Mason Wright, Jr., chief of the photographic section of the Army’s Bureau of Public Relations. (AP Photo/Charles Gorry)

William Randolph Hearst is seen at a Military Ball in Hollywood, Ca. on April 15, 1942. Seated at the table in his row from left to right are: Marion Davies, in uniform, first medical battallion of California State Guard; actor George Montgomery; Hedy Lamarr; Hearst; Rita Hayworth.

William Randolph Hearst is seen at a Military Ball in Hollywood, Ca. on April 15, 1942. Seated at the table in his row from left to right are: Marion Davies, in uniform, first medical battallion of California State Guard; actor George Montgomery; Hedy Lamarr; Hearst; Rita Hayworth.

Writers and movie stars gather at New York's Stork Club, March 8, 1942, as they prepare for a World War II Navy Relief Show, two days away, at Madison Square Garden. From left are: columnist Walter Winchell, Myrna Loy, Loretta Young, John Garfield, Janet Gaynor and Quentin Reynolds, author and war correspondent. (AP Photo/Matty Zimmermann)

Writers and movie stars gather at New York’s Stork Club, March 8, 1942, as they prepare for a World War II Navy Relief Show, two days away, at Madison Square Garden. From left are: columnist Walter Winchell, Myrna Loy, Loretta Young, John Garfield, Janet Gaynor and Quentin Reynolds, author and war correspondent. (AP Photo/Matty Zimmermann)

Lt. James Stewart, former film star and now in the U.S. Army Air Corps, steps from the transcontinental "Mercury" of American Airlines at LaGuardia Field, New York, after a flight from the west coast, February 20, 1942. (AP Photo)

Lt. James Stewart, former film star and now in the U.S. Army Air Corps, steps from the transcontinental “Mercury” of American Airlines at LaGuardia Field, New York, after a flight from the west coast, February 20, 1942. (AP Photo)

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Pvt. Mickey Rooney attends a Hollywood movie premiere with his mother, Nell Pankey, on Aug. 17, 1944. The actor is back in Hollywood after completing three months of basic training at Fort Riley, Kansas. (AP Photo)

Pvt. Mickey Rooney attends a Hollywood movie premiere with his mother, Nell Pankey, on Aug. 17, 1944. The actor is back in Hollywood after completing three months of basic training at Fort Riley, Kansas. (AP Photo)

Capt. Glenn Miller, who has come to Britain with the American band of the Supreme Allied Command, gave Londoners a treat by appearing with his band at a gala premiere of the new Bing Crosby Film, “Going My Way,” at a West End Movie Theater in London, August 5, 1944. Proceeds from the premiere were used to aid London’s Stage Door Canteen, soon to be opened. The band leader is leading is army band in a thirty-minute session of swing music during the stage door canteen benefit. (AP Photo)

Capt. Glenn Miller, who has come to Britain with the American band of the Supreme Allied Command, gave Londoners a treat by appearing with his band at a gala premiere of the new Bing Crosby Film, “Going My Way,” at a West End Movie Theater in London, August 5, 1944. Proceeds from the premiere were used to aid London’s Stage Door Canteen, soon to be opened. The band leader is leading is army band in a thirty-minute session of swing music during the stage door canteen benefit. (AP Photo)

Lieutenant Henry Fonda, former Hollywood movie star, relaxes in a South Pacific area, July 10, 1944 where he is now on active duty on the staff of Vice Adm. J.H. Hoover, U.S. Navy commander of the forward area, Central Pacific. Fonda joined the navy as an ordinary seaman. (AP Photo)

Lieutenant Henry Fonda, former Hollywood movie star, relaxes in a South Pacific area, July 10, 1944 where he is now on active duty on the staff of Vice Adm. J.H. Hoover, U.S. Navy commander of the forward area, Central Pacific. Fonda joined the navy as an ordinary seaman. (AP Photo)

Major Jimmy Stewart talks over the final details of a mission with flyers about to take off, from left to right: Sgt. Keith M. Dibble of Rixford, Pa.; first Lt. Roger Counselman of Meadville, Pa.; Stewart; Sgt. Joseph T. Fiorentino of Philadelphia, Pa.; and second Lt. A.E. Lensky of Monessen, Pa., April 19, 1944, in England during World War II. (AP Photo)

Major Jimmy Stewart talks over the final details of a mission with flyers about to take off, from left to right: Sgt. Keith M. Dibble of Rixford, Pa.; first Lt. Roger Counselman of Meadville, Pa.; Stewart; Sgt. Joseph T. Fiorentino of Philadelphia, Pa.; and second Lt. A.E. Lensky of Monessen, Pa., April 19, 1944, in England during World War II. (AP Photo)

Mrs. Alleta Sullivan, left, mother of the five Sullivan brothers who lost their lives in the sinking of the cruiser USS Juneau, works alongside actress Marlene Dietrich as they serve servicemen in the United Service Organizations (USO) Hollywood Canteen, Ca., Feb. 9, 1944. Sullivan and her husband are also here to visit the filming of a movie based on the lives of their sons. (AP Photo)

Mrs. Alleta Sullivan, left, mother of the five Sullivan brothers who lost their lives in the sinking of the cruiser USS Juneau, works alongside actress Marlene Dietrich as they serve servicemen in the United Service Organizations (USO) Hollywood Canteen, Ca., Feb. 9, 1944. Sullivan and her husband are also here to visit the filming of a movie based on the lives of their sons. (AP Photo)

Eleanor Roosevelt holds a bouquet of roses as she stands with Sabu, the “Elephant Boy” of movie fame, and now a soldier attached to Fort Meade, Md., at the president's birthday ball celebration at a USO post in the YMCS in Washington on Jan. 29, 1944. (AP Photo/GBF)

Eleanor Roosevelt holds a bouquet of roses as she stands with Sabu, the “Elephant Boy” of movie fame, and now a soldier attached to Fort Meade, Md., at the president’s birthday ball celebration at a USO post in the YMCS in Washington on Jan. 29, 1944. (AP Photo/GBF)

Joe E. Brown, the wide-mouthed movie comedian, drives a bargain with a Chinese street merchant as American soldiers and Chinese youngsters look on, during his tour of China, Jan. 10, 1944. From left to right are: Sgt. Daniel Diel, Cleveland, Ohio; Tech. Sgt. John E. Lloyd, Reynolds, Ill.; Tech. Sgt. Orlando Manill, Chicago, Ill.; Staff Sgt. Burl M. Rickman, Deforest Wisc., and Tech. Sgt. Richard L. Gustafson, Kenosha, Wisc. (AP Photo)

Joe E. Brown, the wide-mouthed movie comedian, drives a bargain with a Chinese street merchant as American soldiers and Chinese youngsters look on, during his tour of China, Jan. 10, 1944. From left to right are: Sgt. Daniel Diel, Cleveland, Ohio; Tech. Sgt. John E. Lloyd, Reynolds, Ill.; Tech. Sgt. Orlando Manill, Chicago, Ill.; Staff Sgt. Burl M. Rickman, Deforest Wisc., and Tech. Sgt. Richard L. Gustafson, Kenosha, Wisc. (AP Photo)

Lt. Gen. Jacob L. Devers, commander of U.S. forces in the European theater of operations, decorates Lt. Col. Frank Capra, former movie irector in Hollywood, now in the Signal Corps with the Legion of Merit Award, Nov. 29, 1943. Location unknown. (AP Photo)

Lt. Gen. Jacob L. Devers, commander of U.S. forces in the European theater of operations, decorates Lt. Col. Frank Capra, former movie irector in Hollywood, now in the Signal Corps with the Legion of Merit Award, Nov. 29, 1943. Location unknown. (AP Photo)

Capt. Clark Gable, erstwhile film actor, faced the press in the Pentagon in Washington, Oct. 27, 1943. Gable flew operational missions over Europe in B-17s to obtain combat film footage to be used for training purposes, and has just returned to the U.S. (AP Photo/Gene Abbott)

Capt. Clark Gable, erstwhile film actor, faced the press in the Pentagon in Washington, Oct. 27, 1943. Gable flew operational missions over Europe in B-17s to obtain combat film footage to be used for training purposes, and has just returned to the U.S. (AP Photo/Gene Abbott)

Charles Chaplin Jr., son of the movie comedian, at army induction station in Los Angeles on Oct. 1, 1943, where he reported for his physical examination. (AP Photo/CJDES)

Charles Chaplin Jr., son of the movie comedian, at army induction station in Los Angeles on Oct. 1, 1943, where he reported for his physical examination. (AP Photo/CJDES)

Movie actress Marlene Dietrich greets veterans on the Monticello after the ship docked in New York City on July 20, 1945 in World War II. (AP Photo)

Movie actress Marlene Dietrich greets veterans on the Monticello after the ship docked in New York City on July 20, 1945 in World War II. (AP Photo)

For the first time in her long movie career, Shirley Temple gets kissed in grown-up fashion by Jerry Shane, an ex-Marine from Grand Rapids, Mich., who plays a bit part in the movie called "Kiss and Tell," Jan. 19, 1945. Some observers at the historical occasion suspected that Shirley's performance was backed by a little previous necking experience, but Shirley wouldn't admit it. (AP Photo/Ira W. Guldner)

For the first time in her long movie career, Shirley Temple gets kissed in grown-up fashion by Jerry Shane, an ex-Marine from Grand Rapids, Mich., who plays a bit part in the movie called “Kiss and Tell,” Jan. 19, 1945. Some observers at the historical occasion suspected that Shirley’s performance was backed by a little previous necking experience, but Shirley wouldn’t admit it. (AP Photo/Ira W. Guldner)

Volunteer salesman Gary Cooper takes time out from work in a new movie to chalk up the highest record for selling Defense Bonds at the Defense House in Pershing Square in Los Angeles, California on Feb. 8, 1942, after making a stirring 15-minute speech, the longest of his public career. Cooper attracted the longest line of purchasers and sold more bonds than any motion picture star since the Defense House was opened, according to the Treasury Department. With him on the platform is lovely Virginia Gilmore of the films. (AP Photo)

Volunteer salesman Gary Cooper takes time out from work in a new movie to chalk up the highest record for selling Defense Bonds at the Defense House in Pershing Square in Los Angeles, California on Feb. 8, 1942, after making a stirring 15-minute speech, the longest of his public career. Cooper attracted the longest line of purchasers and sold more bonds than any motion picture star since the Defense House was opened, according to the Treasury Department. With him on the platform is lovely Virginia Gilmore of the films. (AP Photo)

Mrs. Morton S. Stern (left) gets a salute from Claire Trevor after the movie actress had been inducted in the American women’s voluntary service in New York, Dec. 18, 1941. (AP Photo/John Rooney)

Mrs. Morton S. Stern (left) gets a salute from Claire Trevor after the movie actress had been inducted in the American women’s voluntary service in New York, Dec. 18, 1941. (AP Photo/John Rooney)

Lieut. E.L. Reid, personnel officer of the west coast training center at Moffett Field, California, right, swears in Jimmy Stewart, former movie star, as a second lieutenant in the Air Corps on Jan. 1, 1941. Stewart, who was one of Hollywood’s most popular actors before he was inducted into the Army in 1941, was a corporal. (AP Photo)

Lieut. E.L. Reid, personnel officer of the west coast training center at Moffett Field, California, right, swears in Jimmy Stewart, former movie star, as a second lieutenant in the Air Corps on Jan. 1, 1941. Stewart, who was one of Hollywood’s most popular actors before he was inducted into the Army in 1941, was a corporal. (AP Photo)

This talk about the new Dietrich is a lot of hooey,” says a lady who ought to know - Marlene Dietrich herself, who’s been staging a comeback in film fans’ favor. “I’m the same old Dietrich,” says she, a fact that Broderick Crawford, above in a soulful pose, seems to appreciate, August 6, 1940. The German-born movie actress is now a naturalized citizen. (AP Photo)

This talk about the new Dietrich is a lot of hooey,” says a lady who ought to know – Marlene Dietrich herself, who’s been staging a comeback in film fans’ favor. “I’m the same old Dietrich,” says she, a fact that Broderick Crawford, above in a soulful pose, seems to appreciate, August 6, 1940. The German-born movie actress is now a naturalized citizen. (AP Photo)

 

Well known film star, Sabu, Staff Sergeant Sabu Dastagir, now serving as an aerial gunner attached to the 13th U.S. Air Force on active service in the Pacific, gets a laugh from Bob Dyer, radio comedian, as Sabu rehearses for a radio show, while on leave in Sydney, New South Wales on Feb. 27, 1945. (AP Photo)

Well known film star, Sabu, Staff Sergeant Sabu Dastagir, now serving as an aerial gunner attached to the 13th U.S. Air Force on active service in the Pacific, gets a laugh from Bob Dyer, radio comedian, as Sabu rehearses for a radio show, while on leave in Sydney, New South Wales on Feb. 27, 1945. (AP Photo)

Sgt. John Greenstreet, the son of film actor, Sydney Greenstreet, handling bombs at the 20th Bomber Command in India on Feb. 6, 1945, where he is armament inspector. (AP Photo)

Sgt. John Greenstreet, the son of film actor, Sydney Greenstreet, handling bombs at the 20th Bomber Command in India on Feb. 6, 1945, where he is armament inspector. (AP Photo)

Film actress Ann Sheridan holds a knife used by the Gurkhas, Indian jungle fighters, she brought back from her 60,000 mile USO camp show tour of the Mediterranean theater of operations, India, China and Burma, in New York on Sept. 8, 1944. (AP Photo/John Lindsay)

Film actress Ann Sheridan holds a knife used by the Gurkhas, Indian jungle fighters, she brought back from her 60,000 mile USO camp show tour of the Mediterranean theater of operations, India, China and Burma, in New York on Sept. 8, 1944. (AP Photo/John Lindsay)

Lieutenant Colonel David Niven, British film star, now with SHAEF, seen in his tent somewhere in Normandy, France on July 5, 1944. (AP Photo)

Lieutenant Colonel David Niven, British film star, now with SHAEF, seen in his tent somewhere in Normandy, France on July 5, 1944. (AP Photo)

Film star Jimmy Stewart celebrates his promotion to major by leading his bomber group in a great raid on Frankfurt, Germany on Jan. 29, 1944. Left to right: Lt. John J. Rankin, bombardier, of Walhalla, S.C.; Lt. J.M. Steinhaven, navigator, of 125 Park Drive, River Forest, Ill.; Major James Stewart, command pilot and leader of the group; and Lt. F.W. Conley, pilot of Greenville, Maine. (AP Photo)

Film star Jimmy Stewart celebrates his promotion to major by leading his bomber group in a great raid on Frankfurt, Germany on Jan. 29, 1944. Left to right: Lt. John J. Rankin, bombardier, of Walhalla, S.C.; Lt. J.M. Steinhaven, navigator, of 125 Park Drive, River Forest, Ill.; Major James Stewart, command pilot and leader of the group; and Lt. F.W. Conley, pilot of Greenville, Maine. (AP Photo)

Service men keep Greer Garson, film star, pushing the autograph pencil at Orson Welles’ big music show in Hollywood, Los Angeles, free to men in uniform, on August 9, 1943. (AP Photo)

Service men keep Greer Garson, film star, pushing the autograph pencil at Orson Welles’ big music show in Hollywood, Los Angeles, free to men in uniform, on August 9, 1943. (AP Photo)

Jan Bennett, film star, proves herself something of a magician in conjuring up service men who want autographs at Orson Welles' “Mercury Wonder Show' in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California on August 9, 1943. (AP Photo)

Jan Bennett, film star, proves herself something of a magician in conjuring up service men who want autographs at Orson Welles’ “Mercury Wonder Show’ in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California on August 9, 1943. (AP Photo)

Soldiers cheered when Rita Hayworth, film star, was found again in a trunk, after Orson Welles, director-magician, had tied her in ropes and caused her to vanish on August 9, 1943 in Hollywood. (AP Photo)

Soldiers cheered when Rita Hayworth, film star, was found again in a trunk, after Orson Welles, director-magician, had tied her in ropes and caused her to vanish on August 9, 1943 in Hollywood. (AP Photo)

Adolphe Menjou, the famous film star, is seen making friends with three A.T.S. girls and A.W.A.A. girls at his first troop concert in this country June 14, 1943. (AP Photo)

Adolphe Menjou, the famous film star, is seen making friends with three A.T.S. girls and A.W.A.A. girls at his first troop concert in this country June 14, 1943. (AP Photo)

Adolphe Menjou, film star, made his first public appearance since his arrival in England, when he visited Trafalgar Square in London, England June 12, 1943 and addressed a huge crowd from the bridge of a model tanker. He was mobbed by the crowds when making a tour of he exhibits in connection with the salvage drive. Adolphe Menjou inspecting a sea mine, one of the exhibits on display in connection with the salvage drives. (AP Photo)

Adolphe Menjou, film star, made his first public appearance since his arrival in England, when he visited Trafalgar Square in London, England June 12, 1943 and addressed a huge crowd from the bridge of a model tanker. He was mobbed by the crowds when making a tour of he exhibits in connection with the salvage drive. Adolphe Menjou inspecting a sea mine, one of the exhibits on display in connection with the salvage drives. (AP Photo)

American film star Clark Gable at the waist gun position of his Flying Fortress, on an airfield somewhere in England on June 5, 1943, talking to Sergeant Gunner Kenneth Huls, left, and Sergeant Gunner Phillip Hulse. (AP Photo)

American film star Clark Gable at the waist gun position of his Flying Fortress, on an airfield somewhere in England on June 5, 1943, talking to Sergeant Gunner Kenneth Huls, left, and Sergeant Gunner Phillip Hulse. (AP Photo)

Burgess Meredith, the Hollywood film star, is serving as a public relations officer with the air transport command of the U.S. Army, at the U.S. Army headquarters in London on June 10, 1943. (AP Photo)

Burgess Meredith, the Hollywood film star, is serving as a public relations officer with the air transport command of the U.S. Army, at the U.S. Army headquarters in London on June 10, 1943. (AP Photo)

Film actor Joe E. Brown autographs a 1,000-pound bomb, '“To Tojo from Joe,'” and says, “There, boys, is the address with U.S. forces somewhere in New Guinea on April 15, 1943. Now go and deliver it.” He is with the crew of the heavy B-24 bomber which is named “Yanks from Hell.'” (AP Photo)

Film actor Joe E. Brown autographs a 1,000-pound bomb, ‘“To Tojo from Joe,’” and says, “There, boys, is the address with U.S. forces somewhere in New Guinea on April 15, 1943. Now go and deliver it.” He is with the crew of the heavy B-24 bomber which is named “Yanks from Hell.’” (AP Photo)

merican film star Carole Landis, 24, was married, to Captain Thomas C. Wallace, of the U.S. Army Air Force Eighth Fighter Command, at the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption in London on Jan. 5, 1943. Landis has been entertaining American troops in Britain and Captain Wallace came to England, two and a half years ago as an original member of the first Eagle Squadron. (AP Photo)

merican film star Carole Landis, 24, was married, to Captain Thomas C. Wallace, of the U.S. Army Air Force Eighth Fighter Command, at the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption in London on Jan. 5, 1943. Landis has been entertaining American troops in Britain and Captain Wallace came to England, two and a half years ago as an original member of the first Eagle Squadron. (AP Photo)

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  • beachgal

    That should be Joan Bennett not Jan next to her photo