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The Hollywood Canteen operated at 1451 Cahuenga Boulevard in Hollywood, California between October 3, 1942, and November 22, 1945 (Thanksgiving Day), as a club offering food, dancing and entertainment for servicemen, usually on their way overseas. Even though the majority of visitors were U.S servicemen, the canteen was open to servicemen of allied countries as well as women in all branches of service. A serviceman’s ticket for admission was his uniform and everything at the canteen was free of charge. (x)
Among the many celebrities who donated their services at the Hollywood Canteen were: Bette Davis, Marlene Dietrich, Barbara Stanwyck, Ava Gardner, Elizabeth Taylor, Humphrey Bogart, Elanor Parker, Constance Bennett, Cyd Charisse, June Allyson, The Andrews Sisters, Louis Armstrong, Jean Arthur, Fred Astaire, Mary Astor, Lauren Bacall, Lucille Ball, Tallulah Bankhead, Ethel Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Count Basie, Katharine Hepburn, Frank Sinatra, Loretta Young, Robert Taylor, Olivia de Havilland, Rosalind Russell, Jane Russell, Peggy Lee, Joan Fontaine, Olivia de Havilland, Ingrid Bergman, Ida Lupino, Betty Grable, Greer Garson, Hedy Lamarr, Veronica Lake, Dolores del Rio, Ginger Rogers, Ray Milland, Linda Darnell, Claudette Colbert, Gary Cooper, Rita Hayworth, Lena Horne, Dorothy Dandridge, Cary Grant, Judy Garland, Carol Landis, Charles Boyer, Clara Bow, Angela Lasbury, among others.