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The Famous Hollywood Canteen

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 The Hollywood Canteen was built and created as a place for servicemen to go while on leave in Hollywood during the Second World War. The Hollywood Canteen offered entertainment, dancing, and food free of charge. To get in, servicemen simply had to show up in uniform. The Hollywood Canteen was mostly frequented by servicemen on their way overseas. 

 

The staff of the Hollywood Canteen consisted entirely of volunteers from the entertainment industry. Celebrities waited on tables, cooked, and cleaned up after the visiting servicemen. Servicemen were entertained by the most popular musicians and stars of the time, including Red Skelton, Eddie Cantor, Bill Robinson and Mickey Rooney. One of the perks of visiting the Hollywood Canteen for servicemen was the chance to dance with glamorous celebrities like, Joan Leslie, Marlene Dietrich, Rita Hayworth and Faye McKenzie.

 

Those interested in the Hollywood Canteen may be interested in viewing photographs of the famous venue as well as photographs of the stars that danced and mingled with the servicemen. View photographs of the Hollywood Canteen can be seen at the www.hollywoodphotographs.com  web site.  

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