Leslie Brooks popular supporting actress of the 1940s

 

Leslie Brooks  (July 13, 1922 – July 1, 2011)

Leslie Brooks
(July 13, 1922 – July 1, 2011)

 

Leslie Brooks was born Virginia Leslie Gettman on July 13, 1922 in Lincoln, Nebraska. After a small uncredited part in “Ziegfeld Girl” (1941), Brooks first credited role was in the movie “Navy Blues” as Loraine Gettman. She was one of of six starlets billed as “The Navy Blues Sextet” in Navy Blues. The six beauties, including Marguerite Chapman, Claire James, Peggy Diggins, Kay Aldridge, and Georgia Carroll, went to Honolulu for the world premiere, then returned to the mainland to make a cross-country junket, starting in Dallas, Texas, and ending in New York City. She again appeared as Loraine Gettman as one of “The Navy Blues Sextet” in “You’re In The Army Now” (1941). After a couple more uncredited bit roles, she signs with Columbia Pictures in 1942, changes from a brunette to a blonde, and becomes Leslie Brooks. She started recieving more sizeable parts in movies such as “Cover Girl” (1944) and “Nine Girls” (1944), but could only land supporting roles as she was never able to get that major starring role. Brooks retired from movies in 1948 with over 25 movies to her credit. She currently lives in Hawaii with her family.

Leslie Brooks

Leslie Brooks

 

During WWII, Leslie Brooks was a very popular pin-up girl with the GI’s worldwide. Heralded as having ‘the most beautiful legs in America’ by Hosiery Designers of America, Brooks appears on the April 7, 1944 cover of Yank, The Army Weekly. She also donated her time to entertain the troops and help out at The Hollywood Canteen during the war. (As did many of the Hollywood stars of that time).

Leslie Brooks Pin-up

Leslie Brooks Pin-up

 

Leslie Brooks and Rita Hayworth -- "Cover Girl" (1944)

Leslie Brooks and Rita Hayworth — “Cover Girl” (1944)

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