Starlets of the Silver Screen

Discussion in 'WW2 General' started by GrauGeist, Aug 17, 2014.

  1. GrauGeist

    GrauGeist Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2008
    Messages:
    15,185
    Likes Received:
    2,027
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Occupation:
    Public Safety Automotive Technician
    Location:
    Redding, California
    Home Page:
    #1 GrauGeist, Aug 17, 2014
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2014
    With the recent passing of Lauren Bacall, it brought to mind the great Starlets of the Silver Screen that the soldiers would have known, during WWII.

    Occasionally, you'll read a story where a veteran recalls the memory of a certain star while they were in the trenches or see a photo of a sailor reaching out to a poster and patting Betty Grable's rear-end for luck as he raced to battle stations. Some Starlet's ended up as nose-art on warplanes and occasionally, the soldiers would be treated to a visit by one or another Starlet as they toured to boost morale.

    So here they are!

    Lauren Bacall
    Lauren_Bacall.jpg

    Lucille Ball
    Lucille_Ball.jpg

    Ingrid Bergman
    Ingrid_Bergman.jpg

    Cyd Charisse
    Cyd_Charisse.jpg

    Dorothy Dandridge
    Dorothy_Dandridge.jpg

    Bette Davis
    Bette_Davis.jpg

    Yvonne De Carlo
    Yvonne_De-Carlo.jpg

    Olivia de Havilland
    Olivia_de-Havilland.jpg

    Dolores Del Rio
    Dolores_Del-Rio.jpg

    Marlene Dietrich
    Marlene_Dietrich.jpg

    Joan Fontaine
    Joan_Fontaine.jpg

    Frances Farmer
    Frances_Farmer.jpg

    Greta Garbo
    Greta_Garbo.jpg

    Ava Gardner
    Ava_Gardner.jpg

    Greer Garson
    Greer_Garson.jpg

    Betty Grable
    Betty_Grable.jpg

    Paulette Goddard
    Paulette_Goddard.jpg

    Susan Hayward
    Susan_Hayward.jpg

    Rita Hayworth
    Rita_Hayworth.jpg

    Katharine Hepburn
    Katharine_Hepburn.jpg

    Valerie Hobson
    Valerie_Hobson.jpg

    Deborah Kerr
    Deborah_Kerr.jpg


    There's more in the following post!!
     
    • Like Like x 1
  2. Thorlifter

    Thorlifter Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2004
    Messages:
    7,905
    Likes Received:
    189
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Occupation:
    IT Nerd
    Location:
    Dallas, Tx Jubail, Saudi Arabia
    This is a terrific start showing true Hollywood royalty. You know, when you look at a woman and just freeze, then realize your jaw is open, you know your looking at a beautiful woman. I have many more in mind but I'll wait to see who else you will post.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  3. GrauGeist

    GrauGeist Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2008
    Messages:
    15,185
    Likes Received:
    2,027
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Occupation:
    Public Safety Automotive Technician
    Location:
    Redding, California
    Home Page:
    #3 GrauGeist, Aug 17, 2014
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2014
    Elyse Knox
    Elyse_Knox.jpg

    Veronica Lake
    Veronica_Lake.jpg

    Hedy Lamarr
    Hedy_Lamarr.jpg

    Priscilla Lane
    Priscilla_Lane.jpg

    Vivien Leigh
    Vivien_Leigh.jpg

    Carole Lombard
    Carole_Lombard.jpg

    Myrna Loy
    Myrna_Loy.jpg

    Merle Oberon
    Merle_Oberon.jpg

    Maureen O'Hara
    Maureen_O-Hara.jpg

    Mary Pickford
    Mary_Pickford.jpg

    Donna Reed
    Donna_Reed.jpg

    Ginger Rogers
    Ginger_Rogers.jpg

    Rosalind Russell
    Rosalind_Russell.jpg

    Jean Simmons
    Jean_Simmons.jpg

    Ann Sheridan
    Ann_Sheridan.jpg

    Ann Sothern
    Ann_Sothern.jpg

    Barbara Stanwyck
    Barbara_Stanwyck.jpg

    Gene Tierney
    Gene_Tierney.jpg

    Lana Turner
    Lana_Turner.jpg

    Mae West
    Mae_West.jpg

    Esther Williams
    Esther_Williams.jpg

    Googie Withers
    Googie_Withers.jpg

    And that should cover most (but not all) of the Great Ladies of the Silver Screen before and during WWII...

    I am sure I may have missed some, so add any that I may have overlooked.

    And no, Marylyn Monroe (or Jane Mansfield and all the others don't qualify...they came AFTER the war) :lol:
     
  4. Thorlifter

    Thorlifter Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2004
    Messages:
    7,905
    Likes Received:
    189
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Occupation:
    IT Nerd
    Location:
    Dallas, Tx Jubail, Saudi Arabia
    Ahhhh, my dream lady from a past life. Myrna Loy! Pure beauty!!!!!
     
  5. GrauGeist

    GrauGeist Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2008
    Messages:
    15,185
    Likes Received:
    2,027
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Occupation:
    Public Safety Automotive Technician
    Location:
    Redding, California
    Home Page:
    She and Mary Pickford were definitely from the Golden age of the screen
     
  6. Thorlifter

    Thorlifter Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2004
    Messages:
    7,905
    Likes Received:
    189
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Occupation:
    IT Nerd
    Location:
    Dallas, Tx Jubail, Saudi Arabia
    From Wiki.....

    With the outbreak of World War II, Loy all but abandoned her acting career to focus on the war effort and work closely with the Red Cross. She was so fiercely outspoken against Adolf Hitler that her name appeared on his blacklist. She helped run a Naval Auxiliary Canteen and toured frequently to raise funds.
     
  7. GrauGeist

    GrauGeist Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2008
    Messages:
    15,185
    Likes Received:
    2,027
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Occupation:
    Public Safety Automotive Technician
    Location:
    Redding, California
    Home Page:
    Might also mention that a good number of these Starlets ended up as "pin up" girls, like Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth, Betty Grable (she even made it onto the nose of the B-17 "Sentimental Journey") and Jane Russell.
     
  8. Thorlifter

    Thorlifter Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2004
    Messages:
    7,905
    Likes Received:
    189
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Occupation:
    IT Nerd
    Location:
    Dallas, Tx Jubail, Saudi Arabia
    True. Also, a bunch of these ladies toured around the U.S. during the war doing Red Cross and war bond missions. Carole Lombard was killed, along with her mother and Clark Gable's press agent, in a plane crash returning home from a very successful war bond appearance in 1942.
     
  9. Bernhart

    Bernhart <b>2012 Forum Fantasy Football Champion</ b>

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2007
    Messages:
    432
    Likes Received:
    13
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Occupation:
    mental health nurse
    Location:
    Canada
    and all before plastic surgery....
     
  10. Njaco

    Njaco The Pop-Tart Whisperer
    Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2007
    Messages:
    23,053
    Likes Received:
    993
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Occupation:
    Animal Control Officer
    Location:
    Southern New Jersey
    What no Veronica Lake? or Ann Sheridan?

    Lauren Bacall was my favorite followed by Gene Tierney but I have to protest some choices. Weren't Lucille Ball, Ingrid Bergman, Maureen O'Hara and Ava Gardner more suited to the 50's than the earlier years? Just my opinion! :)

    Oh and a pic of Anne Sheridan. Wow! She has a minor role in the "Treasure of the Sierra Madre" as the woman/prostitute who strolled past Humphrey Bogart as he came out of the barber shop.

    .
    Ann-Sheridan-39.jpg
     
  11. Thorlifter

    Thorlifter Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2004
    Messages:
    7,905
    Likes Received:
    189
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Occupation:
    IT Nerd
    Location:
    Dallas, Tx Jubail, Saudi Arabia
    I don't think so Njaco. True, they had their biggest successes after the 40's, but they were all very active and successful during the 30's and 40's.

    Lucille Ball appeared in 78 movies before 1950 and only 13 after.
    Ingrid Bergman appeared in 28 movies before 1950 and 22 afterwards.
    Maureen O'Hara appeared in 27 movies before 1950 and 29 afterwards.
    Ava Gardner appeared in 32 movies before the 50's and 32 afterwards.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  12. Shortround6

    Shortround6 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2009
    Messages:
    9,761
    Likes Received:
    793
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Occupation:
    retired Firefighter
    Location:
    Central Florida Highlands
    Lucille Ball, Ingrid Bergman, Maureen O'Hara may have achieved the peak of their 'stardom' in the 50s but were certainly active in the late 30s and early 40s .
     
  13. Capt. Vick

    Capt. Vick Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2008
    Messages:
    7,872
    Likes Received:
    637
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Long Island, New York
    Where is Veronica Lake?
     
  14. GrauGeist

    GrauGeist Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2008
    Messages:
    15,185
    Likes Received:
    2,027
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Occupation:
    Public Safety Automotive Technician
    Location:
    Redding, California
    Home Page:
    #14 GrauGeist, Aug 17, 2014
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2014
    Well, if ya'll read my posts, you would have seen that I missed a few...mainly because I was going by memory with alot of these and also because it was getting late last night! I'll be adding Valerie Hobson, Veronica Lake, Jean Simmons, Ann Sheridan and Googie Withers to the list up there.

    As far as Ava Gardner goes, she had some of the most pinups printed during the war years...she was VERY popular with the guys overseas! So if anyone wants to go on a pinup hunt, find 'em and post 'em here!
     
  15. GrauGeist

    GrauGeist Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2008
    Messages:
    15,185
    Likes Received:
    2,027
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Occupation:
    Public Safety Automotive Technician
    Location:
    Redding, California
    Home Page:
    I missed a few last time around, so I added 4 more...a couple I cannot believe I missed, like Katharine Hepburn and Barbara Stanwyck!

    I also added Deborah Kerr and Elyse Knox

    That's alot of Ladies...41 to be exact!
     
  16. Capt. Vick

    Capt. Vick Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2008
    Messages:
    7,872
    Likes Received:
    637
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Long Island, New York
    Deborah Kerr!
     
  17. at6

    at6 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2011
    Messages:
    1,295
    Likes Received:
    158
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    retired
    Location:
    Fresno, California
    I have to say my picks for ultra beauty are Frances Farmer and Susan Hayward, even though each one had her own special beauty. They may have all been old enough to be my mother but I still say that women of that time period were more beautiful that what we see today and definitely more talented.
     
  18. GrauGeist

    GrauGeist Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2008
    Messages:
    15,185
    Likes Received:
    2,027
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Occupation:
    Public Safety Automotive Technician
    Location:
    Redding, California
    Home Page:
    Just when I thought the list was done, I discovered that I left out two heavy-weight Hollywood gals that I should hang my head in shame for forgetting!!

    Marlene Dietrich and Mae West!! Another Starlet that I overlooked, was Dolores Del Rio.

    So this pretty much covers the Ladies of the Silver Screen as the guys overseas knew them. These Starlet's names were household words. The girlfriends, wives and daughters of the servicemen all tried to dress like them and look like them.

    They were a part of everyday life
     
  19. Thorlifter

    Thorlifter Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2004
    Messages:
    7,905
    Likes Received:
    189
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Occupation:
    IT Nerd
    Location:
    Dallas, Tx Jubail, Saudi Arabia
    Really good list GG. Thanks for putting it together.
     
  20. Old Wizard

    Old Wizard Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2008
    Messages:
    2,279
    Likes Received:
    183
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    Lethbridge AB
    Probably the most underrated actress of them all. She was so good, you didn't notice she was acting.
     
Loading...

Share This Page