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October 30, 2006
Hollywood During WW II (a poem)
Hollywood during World War ll.
What an entirely different kind of brew
Of manly men and women with courage.
You couldn't stop or even discourage
A Dietrich, with a Nazi price on her head,
From joining Bob Hope and others who led
The way overseas to entertain gals and guys
Who were the real stars in celebrities' eyes.
Carole Landis, Frances Langford never seemed to mind
That they traveled in danger and left glamour behind.
Over enemy skies Jimmy Stewart flew.
Volunteers Tyrone Power and Clark Gable knew
Their fame and fortunes would soon go under
If the Axis forces were allowed to plunder
The country they loved, that had given them fame.
Bette Davis, Joan Crawford got in on the game
With the Hollywood Canteen where the lonely could take
A much needed respite, a well deserved break
From the fears that they faced or were just back from.
Lana Turner scrubbed dishes. Lorraine Day would come
To serve hot coffee. Hedy Lamarr passed around
Warm smiles and comfort. Tired hearts would rebound.
Producers and Directors rose to the occasion
To reassure us our homes were safe from invasion
When we had no idea what the end would be,
When we weren't at all certain of victory.
And Hollywood now, when we should all be embarrassed
By squirrel—brained celebrities who have badgered and harassed
The strong and the brave who give the best they can
To safeguard the freedoms of every pathetic unman
And unwoman who manufacture all the tears they can crank
As they mince and they smirk on their way to the bank.
Mimi Evans Winship 10 30 06
Hat tip: Jack Kemp