From 1942 to 1945, over three million servicemen visited The Hollywood Canteen on their way to fight in the Pacific — some never to return. In a converted barn in the heart of Hollywood, soldiers were fed, entertained by and danced with some of the biggest stars in the world. Free to all servicemen or women, regardless of race, the Canteen invited them to jive to the music of Kay Kyser and Harry James, laugh at Bob Hope’s jokes, be served sandwiches by Rita Hayworth, or dance with Hedy Lamarr. Meticulously researched, this is the only complete history of the Canteen. It is filled with exclusive interviews and over 160 evocative photographs that preserve memories of what was the jewel in the crown of World War II Hollywood.
Softcover, 8 x 10, 208 pgs.