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During World War 2 Olive volunteered as a nurse's aid in New York City. She decided to join the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC) in December of 1942. Thirty-six year old Olive was sent to Fort Des Moines in Iowa. She earned $12.50 a week driving an ambulance. Olive told a reporter that being in the WAAC was harder than being an actress. She said "I wanted to help where I could do the most good". In 1943 she received a citation for bravery when she she turned over an enemy ammunition truck. Olive was forced to leave the Army when she injured her ankle. She spent several weeks in the hospital and was given an honorable discharge. Olive moved back to Hollywood where she tried to resume her acting career.
In 1926 Olive starred in the silent comedy Fig Leaves. She plays Eve, an unhappy housewife who becomes a model. Her real life boyfriend George O'Brien was cast as her husband. The movie was directed by Howard Hawks and the costumes were designed by Gilbert Adrian. Fig Leaves was a big success and Olive got rave reviews for her performance. You can watch some scenes here ...