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Marilyn Hare: an actress who kissed 10,000 during WWII

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Marilyn Hare - an actress who kissed 10,000 during WWIIMarilyn Hare kissed them all a few months after Pearl Harbor. As you probably know, the attack on the Pacific Fleet’s central base by the US naval forces in December 1941 was a disaster. It pushed the US into WWII and allowed Japan to capture significant territories at the Pacific War Theater. Soon after, the US army will retake everything, but who knew that at the beginning of 1942?

The history books keep these simple words “entering the war,” and it sounds like a statement of fact. But things were very different for thousands of young recruits. They had mixed feelings, and mild panic to deep horror was among them.

Only some frivolous entertainment could distract soldiers from the obsessive thoughts of death and can boost the spirit. Winston Churchill made this in 1940, setting the man mode ON, And enthusiastic actress Marilyn Hare decided to entertain them.

Standing in a food line was never such a pleasure

Standing in a food line was never such a pleasure.

A brilliant publicity move by Marilyn Hare

Marilyn arrived at one of the soldier’s training camps with a photographer. She sang a couple of songs and announced that she would kiss 10,000 soldiers to boost morale.

Of course, it was a publicity stunt. Photographs of Marilyn Hare hit the pages of the numerous publications as the perfect example of playful patriotism.

We don’t even know if Marilyn Hare really kissed all 10 thousand: in the last photo of the series, the girl is holding the counter, showing 733. Did she return the next day to continue kissing therapy? We don’t know.

But soldiers all over the country looked at the photos, giggled, and dreamed that Marilyn Hare would show up to their unit. So the actress performed her main task. She entertained the recruits brilliantly. 

Read more: 100 most important pictures in history

You had no place to hide from Marilyn Hare

You had no place to hide from Ms. Hare.

We still don't know if she really kissed 10000

We still don’t know if she really kissed 10000

This recruit doesn't look as happy as others

This recruit doesn’t look as happy as others.

Stand up and kiss me, Honey!

Stand up and kiss me, Honey!

This 'Kiss event' hit all major publications. People admired Marilyn Hare.

This ‘Kiss event’ hit all major publications. People admired Marilyn Hare.

 
Please stop for a  kiss!

Please stop for a kiss!

733 is the only counter number that was captured

733 is the only counter number that was captured

 
Marilyn brought a photographer to the army unit. She wanted some exellent photos.

Marilyn brought a photographer to the army unit. She wanted some excellent photos.

Marilyn Hare wanted both to boos soldiers' morale and here own popularity

Marilyn Hare wanted both to boost soldiers’ morale and here own popularity.

Please stop for a  kiss!

Please stop for a kiss!

Marilyn Hare sang several songs before announcing her kissing streak

She sang several songs before announcing her kissing streak

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