As we approach Remembrance Day (Nov. 11, 2016), we salute the world-famous entertainers who represented their countries during the Second World War.
During an interview shortly before his death in 1997, Jimmy Stewart revealed that the Second World War was "something I think about almost every day—[it was] one of the greatest experiences of my life."
While Stewart, a highly decorated war veteran, retained a lifelong career with the military and spoke openly of his experiences, this was not the case for every member of the Hollywood elite who got involved—of which there were many. Mickey Rooney, Henry Fonda, Johnny Carson, author Roald Dahl, Charlton Heston, Elvis Presley and Humphrey Bogart all played a role in the war effort.
Some readily enlisted under their own volition, while others were inspired to take action after tragic events in their lives. Meanwhile, the roles others played in the war effort, like Gone with the Wind actor Leslie Howard, remain firmly entrenched in wild conspiracy theories and speculation.
Here, we look at some of their stories.
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