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The Pinup Girls of YANK
   YANK was published in several editions (Western Pacific, designated WPE below; British, BRI; Mediterranean, MED; Continental, CON; etc.); hence, more than one pinup may have appeared for a given cover date or the frequency of publication may seem other than weekly. Editions will appear when known.
YANK Editor & Father of the Pinup Dies

   CLICK TO ENLARGEMay 27, 2001 — Hartzell Spence, the founder and editor of YANK, has died at the age of 93. YANK, a weekly magazine written by and for ordinary soldiers, was a wonderful experiment in democratic (if highly restricted) journalism that was read each week by an estimated 2.2 million soldiers, sailors, and airmen. Spence championed Sgt. George Baker, who had won an army cartooning contest, and published Baker's "Sad Sack" cartoons, with their colorful and realistic depiction of GI life. Yank was remarkably free of the heavy-handed propaganda that characterized many homefront publications during the war.

   Spence was also responsible for YANK's most popular feature — the sexy photos of Rita Hayworth, Betty Grable, Hedy Lamarr, and other Hollywood stars and starlets, usually attired in low-cut gowns, swimsuits, or lingerie, that graced each and every issue of the magazine. One especially sexy pinup in 1945 featured the then unknown Norma Jeane Baker, long before she made her breakthrough in pictures as Marilyn Monroe. [In 1942 Marilyn married James Dougherty, an aircraft plant worker, at the age of 16. He joined the Merchant Marines and was sent to the South Pacific in 1944. After Jimmy left, Norma Jeane took a job on the assembly line at the Radio Plane Munitions factory in Burbank, California. Several months later, photographer David Conover saw her while taking pictures of women contributing to the war effort for YANK magazine. He couldn't believe his luck. She was a "photographer's dream." Conover used her for the shoot, on June 26, 1945, and she ended up on the cover of the August 2, 1945 issue! (see photo below).]

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David Conover's shot of Norma Jeane Baker on the cover
of the 2 August 1945 issue of YANK.



   Spence not only insisted on the inclusion of the pinup in every issue of Yank, he is credited by the Oxford English Dictionary with the first use of the word as a noun.

Issue Date YANK Girl Pinup Page

Apr. 2, 1943 Carole Landis Photo Not Available
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Apr. 9, 1943 Anne Baxter Photo Not Available
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Apr. 16, 1943 Dolores Moran Photo Not Available
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Apr. 23, 1943 Donna Drake Photo Not Available
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Apr. 30, 1943 Doris Merrick Photo Not Available
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May 7, 1943 Hedy Lamarr HEDY LAMARR (6 K)
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May 14, 1943 Frances Gifford Photo Not Available
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Jun. 25, 1943 Betty Grable BETTY GRABLE (10 K)
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Jul. 2, 1943 Susan Peters Photo Not Available
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Jul. 9, 1943 Grace McDonald Photo Not Available
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Jul. 16, 1943 Jean Rogers Photo Not Available
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Jul. 30, 1943 Jo Carrol Dennison Photo Not Available
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Aug. 6, 1943 Ava Gardner Photo Not Available
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Aug. 13, 1943 Dorothy Day DOROTHY DAY (7 K)
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Sep. 3, 1943 Ann Corio ANN CORIO (6 K)
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Sep. 16, 1943 Frances Rafferty FRANCES RAFFERTY (19 K)
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Sep. 23, 1943 Ann Corio Photo Not Available
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Sep. 24, 1943 Alexis Smith Photo Not Available
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Oct. 1, 1943 Marguerite Chapman Photo Not Available
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Oct. 8, 1943 Juanita Stark Photo Not Available
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Oct. 15, 1943 Photo Not Available
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Oct. 22, 1943 Elyse Knox ELYSE KNOX (18 K)
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Oct. 29, 1943 Bettye Avery Photo Not Available
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Nov. 5, 1943 N/A YANK PINUP (10 K)
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Nov. 12, 1943 Hedy Lamarr HEDY LAMARR (7 K)
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Nov. 26, 1943 Betty Grable BETTY GRABLE (6 K)
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Dec. 3, 1943 Anne Gwynne ANNE GWYNNE (7 K)
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Dec. 24, 1943 Ramsey Ames RAMSEY AMES (11 K)
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Dec. 31, 1943 Diana Lewis Photo Not Available
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Jan. 7, 1944 Linda Darnell Photo Not Available
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Jan. 14, 1944 Virginia Mayo Photo Not Available
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Jan. 21, 1944 Lois Collier Photo Not Available
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Jan. 28, 1944 Patricia Dane Photo Not Available
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Feb. 4, 1944 Ann Savage Photo Not Available
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Feb. 11, 1944 Carole Gallagher CAROLE GALLAGHER (7 K)
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Feb. 18, 1944 Chili Williams Photo Not Available
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Feb. 18, 1944 Virginia O'Brien VIRGINIA O'BRIEN (9 K)
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Feb. 25, 1944 Betty Bryant Photo Not Available
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Feb. 25, 1944 Gene Tierney GENE TIERNEY (8 K)
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Mar. 3, 1944 Betty Bryant BETTY BRYANT (6 K)
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Mar. 4, 1944 (British Edition) Evelyn Keyes EVELYN KEYES
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Mar. 10, 1944 Gale Storm Photo Not Available
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Mar. 17, 1944 Esther Williams Photo Not Available
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Mar. 24, 1944 Irene Manning Photo Not Available
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Mar. 31, 1944 Gloria Anderson Photo Not Available
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Apr. 7, 1944 Leslie Brooks Photo Not Available
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Apr. 9, 1944 Dolores Moran DOLORES MORAN (7 K)
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Apr. 14, 1944 Martha O'Driscoll Photo Not Available
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Apr. 14, 1944 Esther Williams Photo Not Available
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Apr. 16, 1944 Gloria Anderson Photo Not Available
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Apr. 21, 1944 Gale Robbins Photo Not Available
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Apr. 28, 1944 Ingrid Bergman INGRID BERGMAN (7 K)
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May 5, 1944 Sheila Ryan Photo Not Available
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May 7, 1944 Martha O'Driscoll Photo Not Available
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May 12, 1944 Linda Darnell LINDA DARNELL (23 K)
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May 19, 1944 K. T. Stevens Photo Not Available
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May 26, 1944 Ernie Clarke Photo Not Available
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Jun. 2, 1944 Ella Raines Photo Not Available
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Jun. 9, 1944 Yvonne DeCarlo YVONNE DeCARLO (11 K)
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Jun. 11, 1944 Anne Gwynne ANNE GWYNNE (7 K)
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Jun. 16, 1944 Cheryl Walker Photo Not Available
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Jun. 23, 1944 Peggy Corday Photo Not Available
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Jun. 25, 1944 K. T. Stevens K. T. STEVENS (7 K)
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Jun. 30, 1944 Jeanne Crain Photo Not Available
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Jul. 7, 1944 Rita Hayworth RITA HAYWORTH (6 K)
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Jul. 14, 1944 Angela Green Photo Not Available
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Jul. 21, 1944 June Vincent Photo Not Available
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Jul. 28, 1944 Ella Raines Photo Not Available
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Jul. 28, 1944 Joan Lawrence Photo Not Available
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Aug. 4, 1944 Diana Mumby Photo Not Available
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Aug. 11, 1944 Janet Blair Photo Not Available
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Aug. 18, 1944 Vivian Blaine Photo Not Available
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Aug. 25, 1944 Marie McDonald Photo Not Available
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Sep. 1, 1944 Julie Bishop Photo Not Available
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Sep. 1, 1944 Vivian Blaine VIVIAN BLAINE (6 K)
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Sep. 8, 1944 Jean Parker Photo Not Available
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Sep. 8, 1944 Marie McDonald MARIE McDONALD (16 K)
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Sep. 15, 1944 Betty Jane Graham BETTY JANE GRAHAM (7 K)
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Sep. 15, 1944 Mary Ganly Photo Not Available
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Sep. 22, 1944 Belita BELITA (19 K)
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Sep. 29, 1944 Burnu Acquanetta Photo Not Available
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Oct. 6, 1944 Elaine Riley ELAINE RILEY (6 K)
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Oct. 13, 1944 Lynn Bari LYNN BARI (5 K)
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Oct. 20, 1944 Elyse Knox ELYSE KNOX (6 K)
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Oct. 27, 1944 Dusty Anderson DUSTY ANDERSON (13 K)
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Nov. 3, 1944 Jane Nigh JANE NIGH (8 K)
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Nov. 10, 1944 Mary Ganly MARY GANLY (14 K)
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Nov. 17, 1944 Marguerite Chapman Photo Not Available
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Nov. 17, 1944 Martha Vickers Photo Not Available
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Nov. 24/26, 1944 Lauren Bacall LAUREN BACALL (5 K)
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Dec. 1, 1944 Selene Mahri Photo Not Available
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Dec. 8, 1944 Diana Lewis DIANA LEWIS (11 K)
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Dec. 15, 1944 Rita Daigle Photo Not Available
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Dec. 22, 1944 Hazel Brooks HAZEL BROOKS (3 K)
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Dec. 29, 1944 Colleen Townsend COLLEEN TOWNSEND (5 K)
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Dec. 31, 1944 Rita Daigle RITA DAIGLE (13 K)
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Jan. 5, 1945 Janis Carter JANIS CARTER (8 K)
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Jan. 7, 1945 Lizabeth Scott Photo Not Available
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Jan. 12, 1945 Candy Jones Photo Not Available
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Jan. 13, 1945 Jean Trent Photo Not Available
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Jan. 19, 1945 Deanna Durbin DEANNA DURBIN (6 K)
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Jan. 26, 1945 Candy Jones CANDY JONES (14 K)
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Jan. 26, 1945 Eve Whitney
Elaine Shepard
Helen O'Hara
Kay Booth
Noreen Roth
COLLAGE (18 K)
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Feb. 2, 1945 Lizabeth Scott Photo Not Available
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Feb. 9, 1945 Pat Clark PAT CLARK (5 K)
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Feb. 11, 1945 Lizabeth Scott ELISABETH SCOTT (5 K)
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Feb. 16, 1945 Hilda Simms Photo Not Available
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Feb. 23, 1945 Frances Vorne FRANCES VORNE (5 K)
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Mar. 2, 1945 June Haver JUNE HAVER (7 K)
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Mar. 9, 1945 Alexis Smith ALEXIS SMITH (6 K)
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Mar. 16, 1945 Ingrid Bergman Photo Not Available
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Mar. 23, 1945 Lucille Ball LUCILLE BALL (6 K)
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Mar. 23, 1945 Martha O'Driscoll Photo Not Available
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Mar. 25, 1945 Hilda Simms HILDA SIMMS (6 K)
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Mar. 25, 1945 Delma Bryon Photo Not Available
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Mar. 30, 1945 Jean Trent JEAN TRENT (5 K)
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Apr. 6, 1945 Cindy Garner CINDY GARNER (8 K)
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Apr. 13, 1945 Dorothy Malone DOROTHY MALONE (7 K)
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Apr. 20, 1945 Ramsey Ames RAMSEY AMES (10 K)
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Apr. 27, 1945 Jinx Falkenburg JINX FALKENBURG (15 K)
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May 4, 1945 Ramsey Ames Photo Not Available
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May 11, 1945 Martha Vickers MARTHA VICKERS (6 K)
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May 18, 1945 Marguerite Chapman Photo Not Available
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May 18, 1945 Martha Vickers Photo Not Available
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May 18, 1945 Lina Romay LINA ROMAY (7 K)
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May 18, 1945 Dorothy Malone Photo Not Available
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May 25, 1945 Gene Tierney GENE TIERNEY (7 K)
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May 25, 1945 Toni Seven Photo Not Available
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Jun. 1, 1945 Barbara Bates BARBARA BATES (6 K)
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Jun. 8, 1945 Nancy Porter NANCY PORTER (6 K)
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Jun. 15, 1945 Virginia Kavanaugh VIRGINIA KAVANAUGH (5 K)
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Jun. 22, 1945 Gloria DeHaven GLORIA DeHAVEN (7 K)
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Jun. 22, 1945 Dorothy Van Nuys Photo Not Available
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Jun. 29, 1945 (WPE) Virginia Cavanaugh Photo Not Available
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Jun. 29, 1945 Ann Miller ANN MILLER (7 K)
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Jul. 6, 1945 Madelan Mason MADELAN MASON (6 K)
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Jul. 6, 1945 (WPE) Gloria DeHaven Photo Not Available
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Jul. 13, 1945 Evelyn Ankers EVELYN ANKERS (5 K)
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Jul. 13, 1945 (WPE) Ann Miller Photo Not Available
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Jul. 20, 1945 Adele Jergens ADELE JERGENS (6 K)
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Jul. 27, 1945 Sheila Ryan SHEILA RYAN (9 K)
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Aug. ?, 1945 Jeanne Crain JEANNE CRAIN (6 K)
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Aug. 3, 1945 The Wilde Twins THE WILDE TWINS (6 K)
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Aug. 10, 1945 Andrea King ANDREA KING (7 K)
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Aug. 17, 1945 Ella Raines ELLA RAINES (6 K)
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Aug. 17, 1945 Andrea King Photo Not Available
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Aug. 24, 1945 Audrey Totter AUDREY TOTTER (10 K)
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Aug. 31, 1945 Photo Not Available
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Sep. 7, 1945 None Photo Not Available
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Sep. 14, 1945 Eileen Coughlan Photo Not Available
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Sep. 14, 1945 Elaine Shepard ELAINE SHEPARD (6 K)
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Sep. 21, 1945 Jane Russell JANE RUSSELL (6 K)
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Sep. 28, 1945 Joan Leslie JOAN LESLIE (5 K)
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Oct. 5, 1945 Esther Williams ESTHER WILLIAMS (12 K)
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Oct. 12, 1945 Frances Rafferty FRANCES RAFFERTY (8 K)
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Oct. 12, 1945 Esther Williams ESTHER WILLIAMS (7 K)
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Oct. 19, 1945 Daun Kennedy DAUN KENNEDY (7 K)
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Oct. 26, 1945 Susan Hayward SUSAN HAYWARD (6 K)
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Nov. 2, 1945 Adele Jergens ADELE JERGENS (8 K)
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Nov. 2, 1945 Donna Reed DONNA REED (8 K)
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Nov. 9, 1945 Vivian Austin Photo Not Available
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Nov. 16, 1945 Pat Clark Photo Not Available
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Nov. 23, 1945 Lizabeth Scott LIZABETH SCOTT (5 K)
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Nov. 30, 1945 Candy Jones CANDY JONES
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Nov. 30, 1945 Audrey Young Photo Not Available
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Dec. 7, 1945 Betty Anne Cregan BETTY ANNE CREGAN (5 K)
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Dec. 9, 1945 (Continental Edition) Sherry Britton SHERRY BRITTON
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Dec. 14, 1945 Dusty Anderson Photo Not Available
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Dec. 21, 1945 Donna Reed Photo Not Available
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Dec. 21, 1945 Martha Holliday MARTHA HOLLIDAY (6 K)
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Dec. 28, 1945 Collage of Former Pinups Photo Not Available
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? Ingrid Bergman INGRID BERGMAN (6 K)
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