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U.S.O. Tour

Molly Picon, 1898 - 1992

"War fever had everyone a little crazy and fired up to pitch in and win. As my way of helping the war effort, I began touring various Army camps..."

During WWII, Picon performed at army bases all over the U.S. and Canada in an effort to boost morale. "I sang to 1,400 boys at Camp Ritchie in Maryland, and it was thrilling. I played the Portsmouth Navy Base, the seaman's canteens and the USOs. In between, I did vaudeville at the Greenwich Village Inn, with shows at 9:00, 12:00 and 2:00a.m. I'd crawl into bed at four in the morning, then wake with a headache that lasted all day...How did I stay sane?"

Notes: 
  1. "War fever had everyone..." Picon, Molly & Bergantini Grillo, Jean, Molly! (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1980) 95.
  2. "I sang to 1,400 boys..." Picon, Molly & Bergantini Grillo, Jean, Molly! (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1980) 95.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Women of Valor - Molly Picon - U.S.O. Tour." (Viewed on April 19, 2014) <http://jwa.org/womenofvalor/picon/uso-tour>.