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Hollywood Anti-Nazi League

ORGANIZATION

Existed from 1936 to 1942.

Initially its proper name was The Hollywood Anti-Nazi League for Defense of American Democracy, but changed in December 1939 to the Hollywood League for Democratic Action. By which time its membership list had grown to more than 4,000.

According to heavily-redacted FBI files, the organization was a Communist front. It is indisputable that the organization had Communist members.

The group ultimately gave rise to an entity known as the Hollywood Peace Forum.

Location:
Los Angeles, CA

Founding Date:
Jul-1936

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
George Antheil
Composer
8-Jul-1900 12-Feb-1959 Le Ballet mécanique
Fay Bainter
Actor
7-Dec-1891 16-Apr-1968 Jezebel
Robert Benchley
Author
15-Sep-1889 21-Nov-1945 Humorist and screenwriter
Joan Bennett
Actor
27-Feb-1910 7-Dec-1990 Little Women
Irving Berlin
Composer
11-May-1888 22-Sep-1989 White Christmas, God Bless America
George Brent
Actor
15-Mar-1899 26-May-1979 The Great Lie
Bruce Cabot
Actor
20-Apr-1904 3-May-1972 Saved Fay Wray from King Kong
James Cagney
Actor
17-Jul-1899 30-Mar-1986 New York tough guy
Eddie Cantor
Singer
31-Jan-1892 10-Oct-1964 Banjo Eyes
Joan Crawford
Actor
23-Mar-1905 10-May-1977 What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
George Cukor
Film Director
7-Jul-1899 23-Jan-1983 My Fair Lady
Bette Davis
Actor
5-Apr-1908 6-Oct-1989 All About Eve
William E. Dodd
Diplomat
27-Oct-1869 9-Feb-1940 US Ambassador to Nazi Germany
Melvyn Douglas
Actor
5-Apr-1901 4-Aug-1981 Being There
Alice Faye
Actor
5-May-1915 9-May-1998 Fallen Angel
Henry Fonda
Actor
16-May-1905 12-Aug-1982 12 Angry Men
John Ford
Film Director
1-Feb-1894 31-Aug-1973 How Green Was My Valley
Helen Gahagan
Actor
25-Nov-1900 28-Jun-1980 Actress, California Congresswoman
Ira Gershwin
Songwriter
6-Dec-1896 17-Aug-1983 They Can't Take That Away from Me
Samuel Goldwyn
Film/TV Producer
17-Aug-1882 31-Jan-1974 Put the G in MGM
Oscar Hammerstein II
Musician
12-Jul-1895 23-Aug-1960 Rodgers and Hammerstein
Harry Hay
Activist
7-Apr-1912 24-Oct-2002 Gay activist, founder The Mattachine Society
Ben Hecht
Screenwriter
28-Feb-1894 18-Apr-1964 The Front Page
Lillian Hellman
Playwright
20-Jun-1905 30-Jun-1984 Little Foxes
Miriam Hopkins
Actor
18-Oct-1902 9-Oct-1972 The Story of Temple Drake
George Jessel
Actor
3-Apr-1898 24-May-1981 Toastmaster General of the United States
Nunnally Johnson
Screenwriter
5-Dec-1897 25-Mar-1977 The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit
Al Jolson
Singer
26-May-1886 23-Oct-1950 The Jazz Singer
Victor Jory
Actor
23-Nov-1902 12-Feb-1982 Cat-Women of the Moon
Carl Laemmle
Film/TV Producer
17-Jan-1867 24-Sep-1939 Independent Motion Picture Company
Priscilla Lane
Actor
12-Jun-1915 4-Apr-1995 Saboteur
Rosemary Lane
Actor
4-Apr-1914 25-Nov-1974 Four Daughters
Ring Lardner, Jr.
Playwright
19-Aug-1915 31-Oct-2000 Screenwriter, M*A*S*H
John Howard Lawson
Playwright
25-Sep-1894 11-Aug-1977 One of the Hollywood Ten
Myrna Loy
Actor
2-Aug-1905 14-Dec-1993 The Thin Man
Charles MacArthur
Playwright
5-Nov-1895 21-Apr-1956 The Front Page
Aline MacMahon
Actor
3-May-1899 12-Oct-1991 Dragon Seed
Fredric March
Actor
31-Aug-1897 14-Apr-1975 The Best Years of Our Lives
Groucho Marx
Comic
2-Oct-1890 19-Aug-1977 You Bet Your Life
Paul Muni
Actor
22-Sep-1895 25-Aug-1967 The Life of Louis Pasteur
Pat O'Brien
Actor
11-Nov-1899 15-Oct-1983 Angels with Dirty Faces
Dennis O'Keefe
Actor
29-Mar-1908 31-Aug-1968 Brewster's Millions
Dorothy Parker
Author
22-Aug-1893 7-Jun-1967 Constant Reader known for acerbic quips
Dick Powell
Actor
14-Nov-1904 2-Jan-1963 The Bad and the Beautiful
Claude Rains
Actor
10-Nov-1889 30-May-1967 The Invisible Man
Edward G. Robinson
Actor
12-Dec-1893 26-Jan-1973 Key Largo
Ginger Rogers
Dancer
16-Jul-1911 25-Apr-1995 The Gay Divorcee
Robert Rossen
Screenwriter
16-Mar-1908 18-Feb-1966 The Hustler
Rosalind Russell
Actor
4-Jun-1907 28-Nov-1976 Auntie Mame
Ann Sheridan
Actor
21-Feb-1915 21-Jan-1967 Torrid Zone
Gale Sondergaard
Actor
15-Feb-1899 14-Aug-1985 Anthony Adverse
Lionel Stander
Actor
11-Jan-1908 30-Nov-1994 Chauffer Max on Hart to Hart
Josef von Sternberg
Film Director
29-May-1894 22-Dec-1969 The Last Command
Donald Ogden Stewart
Author
30-Nov-1894 2-Aug-1980 The Philadelphia Story
Gloria Stuart
Actor
4-Jul-1910 27-Sep-2010 Rose in Titanic
Spencer Tracy
Actor
5-Apr-1900 10-Jun-1967 Two consecutive Best Actor Oscars
Frank Tuttle
Film Director
6-Aug-1892 6-Jan-1963 This Gun for Hire
Jack L. Warner
Business
2-Aug-1892 9-Sep-1978 Co-Founder, Warner Bros.
Roland Young
Actor
11-Nov-1887 5-Jun-1953 Cosmo Topper


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