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Cinema's Military Industrial Complex$
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Haidee Wasson and Lee Grieveson

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520291508

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520291508.001.0001

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Star Testimonies

Star Testimonies

World War and the Cultural Politics of Authority

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(p.281) 16 Star Testimonies
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Cinema's Military Industrial Complex
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Sue Collins

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520291508.003.0016

This chapter, by Sue Collins, historicizes Hollywood stardom’s legitimation as a source of political authority during World War I and World War II. It charts film stars’ participation in war mobilization from the Liberty Loan bond drives of World War I to the star appearances, war relief, and USO activities managed by the Hollywood Victory Committee during the World War II. By showing how the government’s valorization of the popular became a mode of authority exploitable for propaganda, the chapter argues that the stars’ war work established a new logic for celebrity as a crucial personification of state discourse and cultural policy supporting state power during wartime.

Keywords:   film stardom, celebrity, popular culture, authority, cultural policy, propaganda, war bond, Liberty Loan, Hollywood Victory Committee

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