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April 9, 1945: Betty Hutton, seated on the piano, and other aspiring starlets sing with troops at the Hollywood Canteen, which was started by Bette Davis and others in 1942. The canteen on Cahuenga Boulevard became a fixture in Hollywood during World War II as a place soldiers and sailors on leave could relax and mingle with celebrity volunteers.

April 9, 1945: Betty Hutton, seated on the piano, and other aspiring starlets sing with troops at the Hollywood Canteen, which was started by Bette Davis and others in 1942. The canteen on Cahuenga Boulevard became a fixture in Hollywood during World War II as a place soldiers and sailors on leave could relax and mingle with celebrity volunteers.