Brian, Gwen Marie

Gwen Brian

Sister of Betty Loal Brian and Doris Brian.

Gwen is included in a “get well” letter to fellow Lawlor Professional School student Gerry Morgan, dated May 27, 1937.

From the November 24, 1938 Mar-Ken Journal:
The fifth and sixth grade room has been working on an activity; “The Contributions of Our Ancestors.” The children have this work put in bookform. Each child took a country from which his ancestors came, and wrote about it as his most important chapter. Each used countries such as England, France, and Germany. They are also writing about the countries as follows:
Gwen Brian:  NATIONALITY: Danish –  COUNTRY: Denmark

From the January 24, 1940 Mar-Ken Journal:
Gwen Brian is the Cinema Editor of this issue of Mar-Ken Journal “Grades” [School] insert.

From the September 27, 1940 Mar-Ken Journal:
•Gwen Brian is the Assistant Editor of this issue of Mar-Ken Journal – “Grades [School]” Insert.
•Class Organization: The Junior High room, this year, has been organized according to the United States government. The election was held by ballot. The results are as follows: Judicial Department: Supreme Court, Associate Justice – Gwen Brian.
•Gwen was at Santa Monica this summer.
•SNOOPER: Entertaining at the Pomona Fair recently were those triple song birds, the Brians. And very nice too, I hear.

From the October 11, 1940 Mar-Ken Journal:
Gwen Brian is the Assistant Editor of this issue of the “Grades” supplement to the Mar-Ken Journal  and co-wrote an editorial on “Promptness and Attendance.”

From the October 25, 1940 Mar-Ken Journal:
•Gwen Brian is Assistant Editor in this issue of the “Grades” supplement to the Mar-Ken Journal and co-authored an article about a visiting German teacher.
•YOU AND I, FROM PRIMARY TO JUNIOR HIGH: The Brian Sisters – – are not in school this week. They are working in a Twentieth Century Fox picture starring Alice Faye. After seeing Alice in “Lillian Russell” and hearing her on the radio we are looking forward to a good performance in “Tin Pan Alley.”

From the November 8, 1940 Mar-Ken Journal:
•Gwen Brian is Assistant Editor of this issue of Mar-Ken Grades insert in the Journal.
•WHO’S WORKING: The Brian Sisters –  – Finished work in “Tin Pan Alley.”

From the 1940 Mar-Ken Primary & Junior High Yearbook:
Gwen Marie Brian was Secretary of her eighth grade class. She wrote a section in the Yearbook on the grade and junior high open house held in 1940.

From the January 10, 1941 Mar-Ken Journal:
Gwen Brian is the Cinema Editor of this issue of the Mar-Ken Journal.

From the 1941 Mar-Ken Primary & Junior High Yearbook:
Gwen Brian served as Associate Justice of the Student Body Supreme Court. She was Cinema Editor for the Mar-Ken Journal. She co-authored an article about her class visiting the new Hollywood Library and how a library is organized.

From the 1942 Mar-Ken Primary & Junior High School Yearbook:
•In Eighth Grade Class Ambitons, Gwen is sure she wants to be an airplane mechanic in spite of the mathematics needed.
•Famous Sayin’: Gwen … “Scotty! Stop it. Don’t you think he’s cute?” [In reference to Scotty Beckett]
•Class Predictions: “We are sure Gwen will have more boy friends than Peggy Hopkins.”
•Gwen wrote, “My Pet Hate” for the Yearbook:
I, Gwen Brian, am of such an angelic disposition there is nothing I dislike. I hate short finger nails, short hair, long dresses, bald heads and buck teeth. But, mind you, there is nothing . . . absolutely nothing I dislike.

Also from the 1942 Yearbook:

FROM NOW ‘TELL THEN

By Gwen Brian . . . 8th Grade

The boys have gone from now ’till then
When shining liberty will reign again.
Still smiling on this war torn earth
From bitter death to glorious birth.

I know not where my son may be,
From bomb blasted earth to angry sea.
Still I love, yes him alone,
Please win this war and send him home.

I hope to see his loving face,
I’ll meet him with a running pace,
And hold him oh, so close to me
So from now ’till then, whenever it may be.

REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR

By Gwen Brian

Remember Pearl Harbor!
It’s the cry of the day.
Our men will fight hard
To avenge in some way
These soldiers, heroes all of them,
Taken by surprise
By the Jap bombs
That came out of the skies.
They left scars we will never forget,
And woe to the ones, they’ll receive from us yet!

So Smile men, all of you
Keep your chins up
We’ll win this war
And show them what’s what.