Best Pin Up of WW II: Donna Reed vs Odette Joyeux (Round 1)
(January 27, 1921 – January 14, 1986) Her post-war image, including her role in It’s a Wonderful Life, nearly got her disqualified. However, her portfolio is quite different from what I had thought of her. After signing with MGM in 1941, Reed made her film debut that same year in The Get-Away, opposite Robert Sterling. Billed in her first feature as Donna Adams, MGM decided against the name and changed it to Donna Reed. She starred in The Courtship of Andy Hardy and had a supporting role with Edward Arnold in Eyes in the Night (1942). In 1943, she appeared in The Human Comedy with Mickey Rooney, followed by roles in The Picture of Dorian Gray and They Were Expendable, both in 1945.
(5 December 1914 – 26 August 2000) Born in Paris, and she studied dance at the Paris Opera Ballet for a while before entering the stage. Joyeux started film career in 1931 Her first notable film was Marc Allegret's Entrée des artistes (1938). During the 1940s she established herself as one of France's most popular cinema actresses. However after 1950 her film appearances were rare.
__________________ "England expects that every man will do his duty!" (English crew members had better get ready for a tough fight against the combined French and Spanish fleets because that's what England expects! However, Scotland, Wales and Ireland appear to expect nothing so the Scottish, Welsh and Irish crew members can relax below decks if they like!)