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The “TNT” Gal

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By Jennifer Lee, Austin
When Anne Gwynne, a dazzling 20-year-old redhead, arrived at Universal Studios in 1939 for a possible contract deal, her future employers were so smitten that they offered her one on the spot. Within several years, Anne would become one of Universal’s leading ladies for B movies—particularly in the horror genre—and a popular World War II pinup model.

Born in Waco as Marguerite Gwynne Trice on December 10, 1918, Anne was raised in San Antonio and St. Louis. She developed a strong interest in acting while attending Stephens College in Missouri. By the time she made it to Hollywood, she shared the big screen with Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Abbott and Costello, Diana Barrymore, and Robert Stack in such films as Black Friday, Ride ’Em Cowboy, Frontier Badmen, House of Frankenstein, Men of Texas, and Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe.

Her face and figure graced magazine covers nationally and internationally. Yank magazine, distributed to U.S. troops during World War II, chose Anne as its No. 1 pinup girl. To boost her countrymen’s morale, the “TNT girl” (trim, neat, and terrific) also worked at the Hollywood Canteen, a club for servicemen, and toured with the United Service Organizations (USO).

On March 31, 2003, Anne Gwynne died of a stroke. Several of her children and grandchildren followed in her footsteps to become actors themselves, most notably her grandson, Chris Pine, who starred in The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004), Just My Luck (2006), and Smokin’ Aces (2006).

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