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April 5, 2024

Anne Gwynne: One of the Most Popular Pin-Ups During World War II

Born 1918 as Marguerite Gwynne Trice in Waco, Texas, American actres Anne Gwynne signed a contract with Universal in 1939 and was immediately put to work in Unexpected Father. She co-starred with Buster Crabbe and Carol Hughes in Flash Gordon Conquers The Universe, a 12-episode Universal serial (1940).

Gwynne was known as one of the first scream queens because of her numerous appearances in horror films. Her first horror film was Black Friday (1940) in which she played Boris Karloff’s daughter. House of Frankenstein (1944) was the last horror picture she did at Universal.

Gwynne was a television pioneer, appearing in TV’s first filmed series, Public Prosecutor (1947–48); she was a member of the regular cast, playing Pat Kelly, the district attorney’s secretary.

Gwynne was also one of the most popular pin-ups of World War II. She died in 2003, of a stroke following surgery at the Motion Picture Country Hospital in Woodland Hills, California, aged 84. Take a look at these beautiful photos to see portraits of a young Anne Gwynne in the 1940s.


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