“Presenting Pauline”

An author tapped into the importance of women’s history at Cantigny Park.

Pauline Fraser spoke to a packed house at the First Division Museum about her past as a tap dancer in London during World War II.

Fraser’s experience as a stage performer during the war allowed her the opportunities to be in a show with Hollywood’s Hermione Gingold and lunch with Generals Patton and Doolittle. Fraser was also recruited to help the British Government track spies.

Upon marrying a U.S. Army Air Force officer, Fraser moved to Naperville to settle down. In 2011, she published her book, “Presenting Pauline,” with the help of her biographer, Louise Brass.

“I was in my teens when World War II broke out and I was in London through all the bombing and also I was in the theatre. Some of the incidents that happened to me are in this book, such as turning down a date with Prince Phillip.”

Fraser’s visit was part of the museum’s “A Date with History” event to celebrate Women’s History Month. To see the lists of other authors that are lined up to talk, visit their website at firstdivisionmuseum.org.

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