WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT32.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT32.

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            PATRICK MACNEE (1922 – 2015)                      The British actor who made a name for himself in the sixties and seventies playing John Steed in a couple of popular TV series – The Avengers and The New Avengers – was called up for the United Kingdom Armed Forces just as he […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT30.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT30.

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VIVIEN LEIGH (1913 – 67)                                                                        The beautiful actress who will forever be Scarlett O’Hara in 1939’s Gone with the Wind, entered this world via Darjeeling, (in what was then British India), to a British broker and his wife. Vivien and British star Laurence Olivier, having obtained divorces from their […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT29.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT29.

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GERTRUDE LAWRENCE (1898 – 1952)                                                            The English actress, singer, dancer and musical comedy star was in her forties when WW2 began, but her husband was a Lieutenant in the US Navy and she was determined to do her bit to entertain Allied troops. The UK’s Entertainments National Service […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT28.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT28.

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  CAROLE LANDIS (1919 – 48) In October 1942, the War Department organized its second entertainment troupe to go abroad, a tour that was intended to last for approximately five weeks. Carole Landis, comedienne Martha Raye, veteran actress Kay Francis and little known dancer Mitzi Mayfair volunteered. The tour would […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT27.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT27.

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HEDY LAMARR (1914-2000)                                Hedy hailed from Austria, where she entered this world from Vienna in 1914. She fled her wealthy Austrian munitions manufacturer in 1937, traveling first to Paris, then London and finally to Hollywood and a movie career. At the start of the Second World War, she and composer […]

WORLD WAR TWO – ‘The stars & their stories’ – PT26.

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TED KNIGHT (1923 – 86)                          The hilarious Ted Knight dropped out of high school to enlist in the United States Army during World War Two. As a member of A Company, 296th Combat Engineer Battalion, he earned five battle stars whilst serving in Europe and was in one of the […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT25.

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KURT KASZNAR (1913 – 79)                    A character actor whose face is better known than his name, Kurt Kasznar was an Austrian from Vienna who moved to the USA at a young age. Drafted into the US Army and trained as a cinematographer, he was assigned to a photographic unit in […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT24.

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             RUSSELL JOHNSON (1924 – 2014)                                                                      His name may not be immediately familiar but his face certainly would be, especially to the many fans of TV’s iconic series Gilligan’s Island (1964-7). Russell Johnson portrayed Professor Roy Hinckley in all but one of its 99 […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT23.

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LESLIE HOWARD (1893 – 1943)                                                                          Once his scenes as Ashley Wilkes in Gone with the Wind (1939) had been completed, English actor Leslie Howard was quick to return home to Britain and offer his services in the defense of his homeland. However, he was almost 46 years old and […]