Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Former Valet to Hollywood Stars Greets Them at Middle East Air Base

Somewhere in the middle east—"Hi, Budd. how's everything?" said Fredric March to Cpl. Ralph C. Budd of Hollywood, Calif., as the actor arrived here recently.
Budd, a former valet to Fred Astaire and the Alexander Kordas (Lady Korda is Merle Oberon), has run into several stars he knows .since he was shipped to the Middle East.
The GI's job is to serve as charge of quarters of a penthouse reception room at an airfield where the commander of the USAFIME theater welcomes notables of the political, military and entertainment world coming through.
Budd says he doesn't mind seeing old friends like March, Nelson Eddy, Jack Benny, Lt Bruce Cabot and Luise Rainer, but he'd gladly trade the Pyramids for a quick glimpse of Hollywood Boulevard right now


YANK 31 March 1944