Anne Gwynne

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Yank Magazine No. 1 Pin-up Girl & Swimsuit Model, 1942 and 1943

(one of the most beautiful and photogenic actresses in Hollywood)

February 15, 1943 "LIFE" magazine (on the cover, the about-to-be-queen, Princess Elizabeth.) In the pages of this issue, we read: The pin-up girl is one of the distinctive social phenomenon of our time.

The American male has so long accepted the cinema star as the ultimate in desirable womanhood that he has developed a curiously personal attitude toward her. He has no more hesitation about asking for her picture than he would in asking his best girl. For often these days, in bleak barracks and distant lands, the pin-up girl is the only girl he has. Anne Gwynne was one of the top five pin-ups of World War II, as stated in the February 15, 1943 "LIFE" magazine article on Pin-up Girls of WW II.

HOLLYWOOD, from 1939 on -- ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL AND PHOTOGENIC actresses in Hollywood, Anne Gwynne started her career as a swimsuit model. After Universal Pictures signed Ms. Gwynne to an exclusive contract at the age of 20, the Studio photographed scores and scores of swimsuit shots of actress Anne Gwynne.

The pin-up girls were rated by the amount of mail received from GIs requesting autographed pin-up photographs. The Top Five in 1943 (in no particular order) were Dorothy Lamour, Ann Sheridan, Maureen O'Hara, Anne Gwynne and Alexis Smith. [Ironically, Betty Grable was missing from the list, as number six's slot was taken by then newcomer Janis Carter. Ms. Grable must have made her splash in 1945]

Anne Gwynne was also one of the most photographed women during World War II, and was selected a YANK MAGAZINE Pin-up girl five times.

"Anne Gwynne, charming leading lady in Universal's "Man From Montreal," starring Richard Arlen and Andy Devine, wears a sea-green tulle evening frock with an off-shoulder decollette outlined by wide-fluted ruche of the same fabric. The same ruche is used in three rows on the extremely bouffant skirt. The bodice is shirred horizontally, the corselet shirrings held taut by vertical cordings. The dress is worn over a green taffeta hoop foundation. A nosegay of pink flowers is worn at the waistline." -- Gown designed by Vera West

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