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Over the years, thanks to screenwriter Robert Avrech, I developed an appreciation for classic Hollywood. As is my nature, that which has interested me I really delved into research to learn all that I can.
Audrey Hepburn was, according to her son Sean Ferrer, An Elegant Spirit. No Hollywood diva, she. She grew up in Holland under the Nazis nearly starving, because her father felt that the Nazis were on the verge of invading England, and he should take his family to Europe.
Talk about timing.
Her first love was ballet, and for reasons I forget couldn’t make the cut, and started acting.
I’ve had a few things to post peculating in my head, but OTOH we are at 86% of our allotted space for this particular plan, and Hizzoner gets priority. I’m combing through the Wayback Machine seeing posts we missed from our official archives and I have to say, he left us an embarrassment of riches. He had both a keen sense of humor, and a keen sense for geopolitics.
I have been posting (now, and scheduling) what was at the time current events – and whether history will prove him right or wrong his process of getting to where he arrived is worth noting –
A thought popped into my head that I have never shown you these photos. Or if I did, I can’t remember it 😉
But since I was 12 years old and found a grandfather’s old twin lens reflex camera – an Ansco – not a Rolleiflex – photography has interested me.
Anyway one of the first things I bought at the PX once arriving at my first station in Landstuhl, Germany was a Pentax single lens reflex camera. I used a lot of Agfa color slide film, but once I got to my second station at Neubreucke – about 60 miles away – I soon discovered they had for our use a photo lab complete with Leitz enlargers.
Maybe I am getting ahead of myself.
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One of the Lexicans, the WSO, had this idea to help a squadron during the holiday season. Spread a little cheer, and let those who are guarding the country know someone is thinking of them!
She has a gofundme page all set up.
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I am done with the social media scene. Everything is at the link above.
John Ford shooting a scene. Photograph courtesy of Netflix.
I have been watching a 3 part Netflix documentary about the 5 legendary Hollywood directors who volunteered for service in World War II. These 5 directors, William Wyler, Frank Capra, George Stevens, John Ford and John Huston not only shaped the way Americans viewed the war, but their participation affected their post war movie making.
Marlene Dietrich and Rita Hayworth serving meals to the servicemen
I have been watching the excellent Netflix series on the 5 Hollywood directors who went to war – a post could be written on how the war changed their outlook on moviemaking – Maybe I’ll write a post on how George Stevens was affected by the war when he made the western classic Shane.
Anyway, they mentioned the Hollywood Canteen.
Imagine that you are an Army or Marine Private ready to go overseas and dancing with Marlene Dietrich or Rita Hayworth. Or getting a meal served by Frank Sinatra. Any U.S. or allied Serviceman in uniform had free admission.
Take a look at the volunteers and stars who donated their time there.
Here’s a YouTube video with Frank Sinatra singing there in August 1945.
Bob Hope said something I always remembered while entertaining Marines on a Pacific Island prior to a battle. He looked at that sea of young men, laughing and smiling and he knew that for some of them this would be the last good memory they had on earth.
I would imagine that for some the Hollywood Canteen was their last good memory.
It wasn’t that long ago….