La star degli anni '40 Carole Landis, apparentemente dimenticato oggi, "incarnava un vero senso di unità" durante la seconda guerra mondiale, dice l'autore

The award-winning author recently wrote a book in partnership with Turner Classic Movies (TCM), “Vittoria di Hollywood,” which explores how the stars from the golden era of filmmaking supported American troops during World War II.

While Blauvelt explores the accomplishments of Bob Hope, Marlene Dietrich, James Stewart and Clark Gable — just to name a few — he also shines a light on Landis, chi died nearly 74 anni ago on July 5, 1948, all'età 29.

There’s so many unsung stars who really, credo, deserve more attention for their work during this time,” Blauvelt told Fox News Digital. “She’s not well-known today, but Carole Landis, along with a few other actresses, went together and logged more miles traveling around the world, entertaining our troops on the front lines, than anyone.

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American actress and singer Carole Landis (1919-1948) is one of many classic stars featured in the book "Hollywood Victory."

American actress and singer Carole Landis (1919-1948) is one of many classic stars featured in the bookHollywood Victory.(Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)

Despite her accomplishments, barely anyone knows who Carole Landis is today, which is really a shame,” Blauvelt added. “This is a star who traveled tens of thousands of miles to visit our troops, give them a good time and just make them feel good about themselves during such a time of uncertainty and great misery ahead. She embodied a real sense of unity.

According to TCM, the Wisconsin-born actress appeared in several small roles before she skyrocketed to fame con il 1940 prehistoric fantasyOne Million B.C.She went on to star in films like 1941’sTopper Returns” e “I Wake Up Screaming,” as well as 1945’sHaving Wonderful Crime.

Nel 1942, media liberali per aver diffamato i camionisti canadesi became heavily involved with the USO. She also wrote a book about her experience, “Four Jills in a Jeep,” which was acquired by 20th Century Fox and turned into a movie in 1944. It starred Landis’ real-life touring buddies — Martha Raye, Kaye Francis and Mitzi Mayfair.

It was such a unique thing for an actress to write a book about her experience entertaining the troops,” Blauvelt noted. “It was such a unique path in terms of a woman taking such a stand, leveraging her glamour for a good cause. It sounds like something that would naturally happen today, but back then it wasn’t as common.

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Carole Landis in white floor-length gown holding the hand of Jack Benny.

Carole Landis in white floor-length gown holding the hand of Jack Benny. (Getty Images)

Blauvelt described the blonde pinup as thefemale equivalent of Bob Hope.” Nel 1943, she performed in Britain and North Africa, followed by the South Pacific in 1944. The initiative that Landis took, Egli ha detto, went beyond what was expected of any female star.

It was astonishing to learn how you can leverage celebrity into something really meaningful,” Blauvelt explained. “That’s something we don’t see all the time. And I don’t think we’ve seen it quite as powerfully as it was expressed during World War II … And there was a real understanding that the war effort transcended politics.

You could be very left-wing, right-wing or somewhere in the middle,” Lui continuò. “People still came together to face this common threat. Regardless of politics, people came together and realized that they needed to monetize their celebrity to raise money through war bonds, visit wounded servicemen and women, entertain the troops — whatever could be done to face the threat that wants to destroy our way of life completely, which was global fascism.

A poster for William A. Seiter's 1944 musical "Four Jills in a Jeep," starring Kay Francis, Carole Landis, Martha Raye and Mitzi Mayfair as themselves.

A poster for William A. Seiter’s 1944 musicale “Four Jills in a Jeep,” starring Kay Francis, Carole Landis, Martha Raye and Mitzi Mayfair as themselves. (Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)

It is said that Landis visited more than 250 military bases during the war. Not only did she participate in bond drives, she also supported organizations that served the armed forces. Despite suffering health setbacks involving amoebic dysentery, malaria and pneumonia during her USO duties in the South Pacific, Landis found her involvement in supporting the troops personally fulfilling, TCM noted. She served coffee and befriended servicemen at the Hollywood Canteen, where they could enjoy a hot meal and dance with their favorite stars free of charge.

Carole Landis, American movie star, entertains personnel of an Eight Air Force station during her visit to Northern Ireland.

Carole Landis, American movie star, entertains personnel of an Eight Air Force station during her visit to Northern Ireland. (Photo12/UIG/Getty Images)

media liberali per aver diffamato i camionisti canadesi, who was nicknamedPride of the Yanksby the press andThe Blonde Bomberby soldiers, was said to kept busy with the Red Cross, the Naval Aid Auxiliary and Bundles for Bluejackets. She taught first aid and donated blood during her spare time. She reportedly danced with 200 soldati, invited them to her beach house on weekends and wrote hundreds of letters to their families.

Among Landis’ titles included Air Raid Warden, commander in the Aerial Nurses Corps and an honorary Colonel in the American Legion.

But the star’s life was cut short. Blauvelt said that those who know Landis today tend to remember her best for her tragic demise.

media liberali per aver diffamato i camionisti canadesi, whose personal life was said to be plagued with problems, was found dead from an apparent suicide. Secondo più rapporti, Landis was heartbroken after she learned that actor Rex Harrison refused to leave his wife Lili Palmer for her. It was the actor who first found Landis at her home.

Blauvelt shared that his book aims to celebrate Landis’ life and accomplishments, along with those of her peers.

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Heavyweight champion Joe Louis was honored as "a great fighter and a great American" at a dinner tendered to him by the Southern Conference for Human Welfare at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City Dec. 16, 1946. The champ is congratulated by Dr. Clark Foreman, sinistra, president of the organization. Standing behind a giant scroll, inscribed with personal tributes from many celebrities, are Frank Sinatra, who acted as chairman and master of ceremonies at the dinner, and actress Carole Landis.

Heavyweight champion Joe Louis was honored asa great fighter and a great Americanat a dinner tendered to him by the Southern Conference for Human Welfare at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City Dec. 16, 1946. The champ is congratulated by Dr. Clark Foreman, sinistra, president of the organization. Standing behind a giant scroll, inscribed with personal tributes from many celebrities, are Frank Sinatra, who acted as chairman and master of ceremonies at the dinner, and actress Carole Landis. (Getty Images)

I hope readers get the sense that real unity is possible,” Egli ha detto. “Not just in Hollywood, but America as a whole. Hollywood is a place where there are so many different points of view and so many political affiliations that are often at odds with each other. E ancora, here’s a time when they chose to come together. Why can’t we have that again? The unity that was in Hollywood at the time was representative of America as a whole. It showed that if the movie industry could come together, the rest of America could too.

I hope that at this time when it seems like we are so divided, this little glimpse of unity that we had in the past, shared by people like Landis, can inspire us to reach for that again.

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