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Dreams of Hollywood

After having been in hiding for three months, Anne pastes a photograph of herself in her diary. At that moment she still wants to be a movie star. She writes the following next to the photograph:

"This is a photograph of me as I wish I looked all the time. Then I might still have a chance of getting to Hollywood. But at present, I'm afraid, I usually look quite different."
Snapshot of the American actresses Rosemary and Priscilla Lane amidst the photo's of film stars and other pictures pasted on Anne's bedroom wall.

Anne did not only keep a diary. She also wrote short stories that she invented herself. Two famous movie stars from that period, Priscilla en Rosemary Lane, appear in in her short story Delusions of Stardom. The protagonist in the story is called Anne Franklin. She lives with her parents in Amsterdam and she is a big fan of the Lane sisters. Anne Franklin writes a letter to Priscilla Lane and gets a reply! They write many letters to each other and Priscilla invites her to pay a visit in Hollywood. Anne goes to Hollywood and Priscilla shows her California. Anne Franklin is also allowed to attend the filming of Priscilla’s new film. Priscilla tells Anne that she should ask if there is any work for her. Anne does this and gets the opportunity to be part of tennis ads. She has to go to a studio for an entire week so that they can take photos of her. Not an easy assignment! She can’t keep up the pace and stops halfway through the week. Anne Franklin decides that she does not want to be a movie star after all and she enjoys her vacation instead.

Anne Frank wrote this short story on Dec. 24, 1943

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This day in history
Today: 24 June 2018
Then: 25 June 1947

First edition of Anne’s diary is published.