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Time Traveller: Hollywood star Susan Hayward stops by North Vancouver for a drink

The famous actor made a whirlwind stop at Burrard Dry Dock during a trip promoting the Victory Loan campaign in 1942
Susan Hayward

Hollywood glamour came to the North Shore during the Second World War, as seen in this 1942 photo showing Burrard Dry Dock president Clarence Wallace sharing a drink with Hollywood actor Susan Hayward.

Ms. Hayward visited the shipyards in October 1942 while she was in Vancouver on behalf of a Victory Loan campaign in aid of the war effort. She faced a busy itinerary for her two-day visit, which included visits to the Burrard Shipyards, North Vancouver Ship Repairs, and being appointed honorary mayor of Vancouver for a day. 

Other Hollywood celebrities, like Barbara Stanwyck, also visited Vancouver during the war to promote Victory Loans and boost morale.

Visit the MONOVA website for more information about the history of the North Shore and to plan your visit to MONOVA: Museum of North Vancouver now open at 115 West Esplanade in The Shipyards.

 Currently, MONOVA: Archives of North Vancouver at 3203 Institute Road in Lynn Valley is open by appointment only. Contact: [email protected]

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