Stars in Blue: Movie Actors in America's Sea Services

Stars in Blue: Movie Actors in America's Sea Services

by James E. Wise, Anne Collier Rehill
     
 
-- Covers the film and naval careers of dozens of movie stars
-- Filled with little-known facts and anecdotes
-- Based on interviews, diaries, letters, and official records
-- Corrects many errors in previously published accounts
-- Showcases rare photographs

The lives of movie stars are often more closely followed than those of political leaders, sports

Overview

-- Covers the film and naval careers of dozens of movie stars
-- Filled with little-known facts and anecdotes
-- Based on interviews, diaries, letters, and official records
-- Corrects many errors in previously published accounts
-- Showcases rare photographs

The lives of movie stars are often more closely followed than those of political leaders, sports figures, or sometimes one's own relatives, but even the most avid film buffs might be surprised to learn their favorite actors served in one of this country's sea services and distinguished themselves above and beyond the call of duty. In this book, filled with fascinating and revealing profiles of more than fifty celebrities, many readers will discover for the first time the patriotic contributions and sacrifices actors have made in the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard from World War I to Vietnam.

Henry, Fonda, Humphrey Bogart, Robert Montgomery, and Ernest Borgnine are among many stars who have portrayed naval personnel on film, but do their fans know that Fonda won a Bronze Star for his actions during Pacific naval encounters, that Bogart dropped a fleeing prisoner with his .45, that Montgomery was awarded a Bronze Star for his courageous performance of duty during the Normandy invasion, or that Borgnine hunted U-boats off America's East Coast? A virtual Who's Who, this entertaining yet historically accurate and complete account brings to life these and dozens of other stars' naval and coast guard service backgrounds and film careers, drawn from interviews, diaries, letters, and official military and film industry archives.

Find out how John Howard won a Navy Cross, how Navy Hellcat ace Wayne Morris downed seven Japaneseplanes, how UDT frogman Aldo Ray reconned the Okinawa landing beaches, how Eddie Albert saved more than a dozen wounded marines on the bloody reefs of Tarawa, and how Hedy Lamarr patented World War II communications anti-jamming technology still in use today. Rarely have movie stars' real lives been portrayed in such detail, including interesting anecdotes from their Hollywood careers and never before published photographs from their military careers, including Paul Newman as a Navy radioman/gunner who flew in torpedo bombers during World War II.

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Did you know that actress Hedy Lamarr patented a WWII communications antijamming technology still in use today? Presents profiles of some 50 celebrities who served in the US Navy and Coast Guard from WWI to Vietnam. Profiles are organized chronologically, and draw on interviews with actors, diaries, letters, and official military and film industry archives. Those profiled include Henry Fonda, Ernest Borgnine, Paul Newman, Jack Lemmon, and Bill Cosby. Appendices describe military-related work by actresses, musicians, and Jack Dempsey. All profiles include b&w photos. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591149446
Publisher:
Naval Institute Press
Publication date:
09/28/2007
Series:
Bluejacket Bks.
Pages:
316
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

James E. Wise Jr., a former naval aviator, intelligence officer, and Vietnam veteran, retired from the U.S. Navy as a captain. His books include Stars in Blue and U-505, among many others.

Anne Collier Reheill, who also coauthored Stars in the Corps with Wise, has published numerous articles and essays and taught English and French. She now works as a freelance writer and editor.

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