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Hollywood Canteen

The Hollywood Canteen was the jewel in the crown of World War II Hollywood.  From 1942 to 1945, over three million servicemen came through its doors on their way to fight in the Pacific – some never to return.  There, in a converted barn in the heart of Hollywood, soldiers were fed, entertained by and danced with some of the biggest stars in the world. The Canteen was free to all servicemen and women, regardless of race, inviting them to jive to the music of Kay Kyser and Harry James, laugh at Bob Hope’s jokes, be handed sandwiches by Rita Hayworth, or dance with Hedy Lamarr. Knowing that they were so appreciated, the soldiers were armed with the kinds of hope and encouragement that would help them win the war. The Canteen was founded by Bette Davis, John Garfield and, with the assistance of Dr. Jules Stein, solicited assistance from all the unions and guilds within the entertainment industry. Volunteer hostesses were assigned to dance with, and chat with the servicemen. It was not uncommon to see a sailor or Marine dnacing with actresses like Marlene Dietrich, Deanna Durbin or Fay McKenzie. Of all the types of dances, during the 1940’s, the Jitterbug was the overwhelming favorite. Each night, several entertaineers would get up on stage to sing, dance or tell jokes. Over the course of the Canteen’s three existence, more than three thousand volunteers donated their time to support the Canteen.  The popular Hollywood Canteen closed its doors http://www.hollywoodphotographs.comon Thanksgiving day, 1945.

The Hollywood Canteen Book

In 2012, Bruce Torrence and Lisa Mitchell wrote a book title,”The Hollywood Canteen” which chronicles the history of the very famous hangout for servicemen, during World War 2.

Hollywoodphotographs.com

Hundreds of Hollywood Canteen photos can be seen on the hollywoodphotographs.com website. All the images on the website are available for purchase.

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