The 1940s was a decade that changed the history of mankind forever. It started with the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 and the world witnessed the end of World War II. This time of history also proved very profitable for Hollywood as it produced beautiful pre- and post-war movies like Destination Tokyo (1943), The Way Ahead (1944), A Walk in the Sun (1945) and The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), which won multiple Oscars. All these movies were inspired either from the lives of the men who fought in the war or those who witnessed it. These wonderful creations also cast some of the best stars of the 1940s, who won various awards for their work in them. Their style of theater was nothing but natural and touched the hearts of millions with it.
The '40s was one of the decades when Hollywood came up with some of the best movies. So, if you have been a fan of these famous actors and actresses, find a short recap mentioned in the following paragraphs just for you!
Humphrey Bogart, 1899 - 1957
One of the best male movie stars, Humphrey Bogart started off as the 'bad guy', and then moved on to finding fame as the leading star of his movies. He gave great performances in movies like Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. He was married to actress Lauren Bacall, with whom he acted in his very well-known movie, To Have and To Have Not. He also won the 1951 Academy Award for best actor for his movie, The African Queen.
James Cagney, 1899 - 1986
He went by the name Yankee Doodle Dandy, after the release of his movie by the same name, in the 1940s. He had the image of being the chocolate boy of that era with his energetic and entertaining abilities. Being one of the greatest actors of all time, he played roles of a dancer, gangster, comic, and also the lead hero in many of his movies. He was one of his kind and received the Oscar for playing George M. Cohan in Yankee Doodle Dandy.
Bob Hope, 1903 - 2003
The legendary Bob Hope is also known as Rapid Robert and Old Ski Nose. He was one of the best comedians Hollywood ever found and became a people's favorite because of his song, 'Thanks for the Memories'. It was from his debut feature film, 'The Big Broadcast' of 1938. He further went to play the lead in many movies like Road to Morocco, Road to Rio, Road to Bali, etc. Bob Hope was also honored as the best entertainer in the Guinness Book of World Records and received multiple Academy Awards.
Lauren Bacall, 1924
This Hollywood beauty of the 1940s was one of those New York girls who had big dreams for herself. She initially worked as a model and then made her debut with Humphrey Bogart in 'To Have and To Have Not'. She was happily married to Bogart till his death in 1957 and later married Jason Robards in 1961. She was also known as Baby and was a true 'seductress' in her younger years. Her work in The Big Sleep and Key Largo, earned her a lot of fame.
Katharine Hepburn, 1907 - 2003
Known to be one of the most beautiful and stunning actress of Hollywood, Kate credited her looks and accent to her British roots. She had a very distinct personality with a strong acting career. She was also one of the most famous people and well-known actresses in her time, as her beauty mesmerized many around her. She also won the Academy Award in 1932, 1967, 1968 and 1981 for various movies like Morning Glory, The Lion in Winter with husband, Henry 2, and On Golden Pond. Her last movie was Love Affair.
Judy Garland, 1922 - 1969
Judy Garland was a sensation throughout her career. She got her nickname as Dorothy, from The Wizard of Oz in 1939, where she played a little girl lost in another world. Judy's enthusiasm and energetic roles continued even after huge success. She has one of the best performances ever known in 'A Star is Born', to her credit.
Some more stars of the 1940s are:
- Ingrid Bergman
- Gary Cooper
- Joan Crawford
- Bing Crosby
- Bette Davis
- Olivia De Havilland
- Vivien Leigh
- Fred MacMurray
- Mickey Rooney
- Barbara Stanwyck
- Spencer Tracy