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The Hollywood Canteen Photos & History - Part 7

The Hollywood Canteen Photos and History – Part 7

What Stars Will Be Here Tonight?

Once the servicemen who walked through the canteen doors, they hit the snack bar as fast as they could, where they were served by some of Hollywood's most recognizable and generous stars

Actresses such as Irene Dunne and Linda Darnell not only offered food and coffee, signed endless autographs and posed for countless pictures as the boys passed their cameras around, they also repeatedly answered questions about their own lives.


While the senior hostesses were running the snack bar, their male counterparts were acting as host, busboys, and the kitchen staff. Top stars,...

The Hollywood Canteen Photos & History - Part 6

The Hollywood Canteen Photos & History – Part 6

Without a doubt, some of the brightest jewels in the Hollywood Canteen crown with a faithful hostesses. Between 150 to 200 of them were needed nightly to keep the canteen running; it also took an exceptional person to run the hostesses.


Volunteer Supervisors

That woman was Doris Stein, “the leader of the pack.” She was the wife of Dr. Jules Stein, the MCA founder who had been so helpful to Bette Davis with the canteen start up. As the spouse of such a powerful Hollywood figure, Doris herself became an important presence...