"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Monday, April 23, 2012

Girl of the Day - Joan Leslie

I have occasion sometimes to look at World War II history and sometimes come upon a pinup of an actress I hadn't really registered before, at least not as a pinup.   Here's one -- Joan Leslie, whose short career was highlighted by playing good girls in early 1940s films like Sergeant York and Yankee Doodle Dandy, when she was 17 years old.   Given her age at the time, this sort of shot seems a little bit hinky, but what the hell... it was wartime.

Here she is, singing in the 1944 movie Hollywood Canteen:

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