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  1. Morning all. 76F under clear skies. Still hot and humid with a chance of storms late. Heavy rain is possible. Heat indices of 105-110. High today of 94F.
  2. Texaco Ad - July 1943 1940: President Roosevelt signs the 'Two Ocean Navy Expansion Act'. This was the first step in preparing America for war against either Germany or Japan, or both. 1940: British claim 40 Luftwaffe planes down in a week; British civilian casualty figures for last month announced: 336 killed, 476 seriously injured. 1940: German aircraft sink destroyer Brazen off Dover. *Katy Jurado 1941: Stalin appoints himself Defense Commissar. USSR resumes diplomatic relations with German occupied countries. 1942: The U.S. Army Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) begins its first training class at Fort Des Moines, Iowa. 1942: Mussolini temporarily abandons his 'Victory March on Cairo' and returns to Rome. Katy Jurado 1942: The Russians recapture the bridgehead at Voronezh on the Don. 1942: The Headquarters of MacArthur's southwest Pacific theatre moves from Melbourne to Brisbane. Katy Jurado 1943: The Italians surrender to U.S. forces en masse in western Sicily. The Canadians start to push around Mt. Etna as Catania drive falters. 1943: HMAS Hobart is put out of action by a torpedo attack from a Japanese submarine west of New Hebrides. General Electric Ad - July 1943 1944: Adolf Hitler suffers only minor cuts when a bomb explodes in the office of his Wolf's Lair fortress. The bomb has been planted by Lieutenant Colonel Count Claus von Stauffenberg, who is caught and executed in under twenty four hours. 1944: Heavy rain for next two days ends operation 'Goodwood' after 413 British tanks are lost. 1944: French troops begin their withdrawal from the Italian front, ready for the invasion of Southern France. Katy Jurado *Katy Jurado was born Maria Christina Jurado Garcia into a wealthy family on January 16, 1924, in Guadalajara, Mexico. Her early years were spent amid luxury until her family's lands were confiscated by the federal government for redistribution to the landless peasantry. Despite the loss of property, the matriarch of the family, her grandmother, continued to live by her aristocratic ideals. When movie star Emilio Fernandez discovered Katy at the age of 16 and wanted to cast her in one of his films, Jurado's grandmother objected to her wish to become a movie actress. To get around the ban, Katy slipped from the grasp of her family's control by marrying the actor Víctor Velázquez. Jurado eventually made her debut in "No matarás" (1943) during the Golden Age of Mexican cinema. Blessed with a stunning beauty and an assertive personality, Jurado specialized in playing determined women in a wide variety of films in Mexico and the United States. Jurado's looks were evocative of the indigenous peoples of Mexico, and she used what she called her "distinguished and sensuous look" to carve a niche for herself in the Mexican cinema. Indian features were unusual for a film star, despite the success of Fernandez, the fabled "El Indio." Her ethnic look meant she typically was cast as a dangerous seductress cum man-eater, a popular type in Mexican movies. The Mexican media reported that an American movie director at one of her first Hollywood auditions laughed at her derisively as she spoke English so poorly. An outraged Jurado promptly stormed out of the audition room, cursing in Spanish. Her brazen behavior was exactly the type of personality that the director was looking for. In addition to acting, Jurado worked as a movie columnist and radio reporter to support her family. She also worked as a bullfight critic, and it was at a bullfight that Jurado was spotted by John Wayne and director Budd Boetticher. Boetticher, who was also a professional bullfighter, cast Jurado in his autobiographical film "Bullfighter and the Lady" (1951) that he shot in Mexico. She was cast in her part despite having very limited English language skills and had to speak her lines phonetically. Luis Buñuel cast her in his Mexican melodrama "El bruto" (1953), and then she made her big breakthrough in American films, in the role of Gary Cooper's former mistress in "High Noon" (1952). The role of saloon owner Helen Ramirez in the Cooper classic necessitated her moving to Hollywood. Jurado won two Golden Globe nominations from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for her role in "High Noon" (1952), Most Promising Newcomer and Best Supporting Actress, winning the latter. "She planted the Mexican flag in the U.S. film industry, and made her country proud", said National Actors Association official Mauricio Hernandez. Her "High Noon" performance historically proved to be an important acting watershed for Latino women in American movies. Jurado's portrayal undermined the Hollywood stereotype of the flaming, passionate Mexican "spitfire." Previously, Mexican and Latino women in Hollywood films were characterized by an unbridled sexuality, which effected such diverse actresses as Lupe Velez, Dolores del Rio (who came to loathe Hollywood and returned to Mexico in the 1940s), and Rita Hayworth, nee Margarita Cansino. With her superb performance, Jurado proved that Latino women could be more than just sexpots in the American cinema. Importantly, working against the tropes of a racist cinema, she used her talent to introduce into the American cinema the model of the un-stereotyped Mexican woman who is identifiably Mexican. One of the best examples of this can be seen at the end of the middle of her career, when Jurado played sheriff Slim Pickens's wife and partner in Sam Peckinpah's elegiac "Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid" (1973). Determined and tough-as-nails, Jurado's character was clearly her screen husband's equal, and she had a very moving scene with Pickens as his character faced death. Jurado was blessed with extraordinary eyes, which were both beautiful and expressive, their beauty and strength never fading with age. Two years after "High Noon" (1952), Jurado won an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress for her role as Spencer Tracy's Indian wife in Edward Dmytryk's "Broken Lance" (1954), making her the first Mexican actress thus honored. She refused to sign a contract with one of the Hollywood studios and returned home to Mexico between her American roles to star in Mexican films. Jurado remained in Los Angeles for 10 years, marrying Ernest Borgnine, her co-star in "The Badlanders" (1958), in 1959. During their tempestuous relationship, Jurado and Borgnine separated and reconciled before finally separating for good in 1961. The tabloids reported that Borgnine had abused her, and their separation proved rocky as well, as they fought over alimony. Their divorce became final in 1964. Borgnine summed up his ex-wife as "beautiful, but a tiger", a bon mot that described her on-screen persona as well. (Jurado had two children with her other husband, Victor Velasquez, a daughter and a son, who tragically was killed in an automobile accident in 1981). Jurado played the wife of Marlon Brando's nemesis Dad Longworth (Karl Malden) in "One-Eyed Jacks" (1961), Brando's sole directorial effort. In her role, she also was the mother of a young woman who was Brando's love interest, thus marking a career transition point as she assumed the role of a mature woman. As Jurado aged, she appeared in fewer films. Other notable American films in which she appeared included "Arrowhead" (1953) with Charlton Heston, "Trapeze" (1956) in support of Burt Lancaster, and "Man from Del Rio" (1956) with her fellow Mexican national Anthony Quinn, who unlike Jurado, had become an American citizen. She also appeared with Quinn in "Barabbas" (1962) and "The Children of Sanchez" (1978). Lloyd Bridges, Katy Jurado, Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly in "High Noon" - 1952 She appeared on the Western-themed American TV shows "Death Valley Days" (1952), "The Rifleman" (1958), "The Westerner" (1960) and "The Virginian" (1962). Her career in the U.S. began to wind down, and she was reduced to appearing in "Smoky" (1966) with Fess Parker and the Elvis Presley movie "Stay Away, Joe" (1968). She attempted to commit suicide in 1968, and then moved back home to Mexico permanently, though she continued to appear in American films as a character actress. Her last American film appearance was in Stephen Frears's "The Hi-Lo Country" (1998) capping a half-century-long American movie career, a career that continued due to her talent and remarkable presence, long after her extraordinary good looks had faded. Aside from acting in films in the U.S. and Europe, she continued to act in Mexican films. Her most memorable role in Mexican movies was in "Nosotros, los pobres" (1948) (aka "We the Poor") opposite superstar Pedro Infante. Though in the latter part of her career, she appeared occasionally in American films shot in Mexico (including an appearance with her former mentor, Emilio Fernandez, in "Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid" (1973) and John Huston's "Under the Volcano" (1984)), she appeared mostly in Mexican movies in the last decades of her career, becoming a prominent and highly respected character actress. She played the leader of a religious cult in the Bunuel-like satire "El evangelio de las Maravillas" (1998). Jurado won three Ariel awards, the Mexican equivalent of the Oscar, a Best Supporting Actress award in 1954 for Bunuel's "El bruto" (1953) a Best Actress Award in 1974 for "Fe, esperanza y caridad" (1974), and a Best Supporting Actress award in 1999 for, "El evangelio de las Maravillas" (1998). She also was awarded a Special Golden Ariel for Lifetime Achievement in 1997. In the north, she was honored with a Golden Boot Award by the Motion Picture & Television Fund in 1992 and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Jurado was an avid promoter of her home state of Morelos as a location for filmmakers. Towards the end of her life, she suffered from heart and lung ailments. Katy Jurado died of a heart attack on July 5, 2002, at the age of 78 at her home in Cuernavaca, Mexico. She was survived by her daughter. B.F. Goodrich Ad - July 1944
  3. Morning all. 69F under clear skies. Humidity at 98%. Hot and humid. Chance of storms very late tonight. High of 90F.
  4. Firestone Ad - July 1943 1940: General Sir Alan Brooke takes over from Ironside as C-in-C, Home Forces. Ironside becomes a Field Marshal. 1940: Hitler makes triumphant speech to Reichstag: accuses Allies of war mongering and appeals 'for the last time to reason'. *Betty Grable 1940: The Italian Cruiser, Bartolomeo Colleoni is sunk off Cape Spada, near Crete by HMAS Sydney. 1941: BBC announces the 'V Army', the resistance movement in Occupied Europe. Betty Grable 1941: George Armstrong executed at Wandsworth prison for spying. (LEARN MORE) 1941: Hitler issues Directive No.33. This states that Moscow is no longer the priority, but that once the Smolensk pocket has been reduced, then Army Group Centre is to hand over Panzer Group 3 to Army Group North and Panzer Group 2 to Army Group South. This will enable the flanks to be secured by capturing Leningrad in the North and overrunning the Ukraine in the South. Betty Grable 1942: German U-boats are withdrawn from positions off the U.S. Atlantic coast due to effective American anti-submarine countermeasures. 1942: Himmler orders Operation Reinhard, mass deportations of Jews in Poland to extermination camps. Betty Grable 1942: Japanese invasion fleet leaves Rabaul for Buna, New Guinea. 1943: USAAF planes bomb Rome for the first time, using carefully drawn maps in an attempt to avoid hitting the city's numerous historic churches. The effort is deemed nearly perfect; only one church is damaged, Basilica at San Lorenzo. Betty Grable 1944: The British 3rd Division is repulsed from Emiville four times as the Canadians clear the southern suburbs of Caen. The British 11th Armoured Division takes Bras and Hubert-Follie. 1944: The U.S. 34th Division captures Livorno on the Italian coast. Betty Grable 1944: The Russians claim to have crossed into Latvia. 1944: U.S. Marines invade Guam in the Marianas. 1945: In the largest B-29 bomb raid to date, 600 of the heavy bombers drop 4,000 tons of munitions on Japanese cities, including Choshi, Fukui, Hitachi, and Okazaki. Betty Grable *Elizabeth Ruth Grable was born on December 18, 1916, in St. Louis, Missouri. Her mother Lillian was a stubborn and materialistic woman who was determined to make her daughter a star. Elizabeth, who later became Betty, was enrolled in Clark's Dancing School at the age of three. With her mother's guidance, Betty studied ballet and tap dancing. At 13, Betty and her mother set out for Hollywood with the hopes of stardom. Lillian lied about her daughter's age, and Ruth landed several minor parts in films in 1930, such as "Whoopee!" (1930), "New Movietone Follies of 1930" (1930), "Happy Days" (1929/I) and "Let's Go Places" (1930). In 1932 she signed with RKO Pictures. The bit parts continued for the next three years. Betty finally landed a substantial part in "By Your Leave" (1934). One of her big roles was in "College Swing" (1938). Unfortunately, the public didn't seem to take notice. She was beginning to think she was a failure. The next year she married former child star Jackie Coogan. His success boosted hers, but they divorced in 1940. When she landed the role of Glenda Crawford in "Down Argentine Way" (1940), the public finally took notice of this shining bright star. Stardom came through comedies such as "Coney Island" (1943) and "Sweet Rosie O'Grady" (1943). The public was enchanted with Betty. Her famous pin-up pose during World War II adorned barracks all around the world. With that pin-up and as the star of lavish musicals, Betty became the highest-paid star in Hollywood. After the war, her star continued to rise. In 1947 the US Treasury Department noted that she was the highest paid star in America, earning about $300,000 a year - a phenomenal sum even by today's standards. Later, 20th Century-Fox, who had her under contract, insured her legs with Lloyds of London for a million dollars. Betty continued to be popular until the mid-50s, when musicals went into a decline. Her last film was "How to Be Very, Very Popular" (1955). She then concentrated on Broadway and nightclubs. In 1965 she divorced band leader Harry James, whom she had wed in 1943. Betty died July 2, 1973, of lung cancer at age 56 in Santa Monica, California. Her funeral was held July 5, 1973, 30 years to the day after her marriage to Harry James who, in turn, died on what would have been his and Grable's 40th anniversary, July 5, 1983. Her life was an active one, devoid of the scandals that plagued many stars in one way or another. In reality, she cared for her family and the family life more than stardom. In that way, she was a true star.' TRIVIA: Measurements: 34 1/2-24-36 (self-described 1940), 36-24-35 (at time of her famous WWII pin-up poster), 36-23-35 (at a fit in 1958), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine) Height: 5' 4" (1.63 m) Wore size 5A shoes. (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine) Had a relationship with George Raft for 2-1/2 years, and ended it because he could not get a divorce from his Catholic wife. Was a somnambulist (sleep-walker) Did Playtex 18-hour Shortie commercials in the 1960s using her famous pinup pose -- purportedly because she needed the money after her husband had spent her savings. She and Harry James had two daughters, Victoria Elizabeth James (b. March 3, 1944) and Jessica James (b. May 20, 1947). Firestone Ad - July 1944
  5. Morning all. 67F under clear skies. Chance of storms in the afternoon and evening. The heat and humidity returns. High reaching 91F.
  6. American Railroads Ad - July 1945 1940: Prince Konoye forms new Japanese Cabinet with Army and Navy nominees. 1941: The Japanese foreign minister, Yosuke Matsuoka is replaced by a moderate. New Japanese Cabinet has four generals and three admirals. *Doris Day 1942: The German Me-262, the first jet-propelled aircraft to fly in combat, makes its first flight. 1942: Hitler changes his mind and orders Army Group B to resume its offensive towards Stalingrad. However, as almost all the German Army had be transferred to Army Group A, the advance was left to Paulus's 6th Army which had been reinforced by a panzer and an infantry Corps. The remaining panzers with Army Group A were ordered to thrust south over the lower Don on a broad front. Doris Day 1943: The U.S. Navy airship K-74 is shot down by anti-aircraft fire from a German U-boat. 1943: The Germans say Cologne is in a state of chaos after allied raids. Doris Day 1944: 4,500 Allied aircraft pound the German positions with 7,000 tons of bombs. 1944: The U.S. XIX Corps capture St. Lo, but has suffered 6,000 casualties since the 11th July. Montgomery launches Operation 'Goodwood' 40 miles east of Caen. However, VIII Corps is stopped with loss of 200 tanks and 1,500 men after the 'death ride of the armored divisions', which also destroys 109 Panzer's. (WATCH GERMAN NEWSREEL) Doris Day 1944: The Polish II Corps takes Antona in Italy. 1944: U.S. troops capture Saint-Lo, France, ending the battle of the hedgerows. Kodak Ad - July 1945 1944: The First Belorussian front attacks, with six armies and 1,600 aircraft from Kovel across the Bug towards Lublin. 1944: Buffeted by more than two years of military and naval defeats, Gen. Hideki Tojo is forced to resign his offices of prime minister, war minister and chief of the Imperial General Staff. While Tojo's removal strengthens somewhat the elements of the Japanese government inclined to seek peace, Tokyo's official policy of fighting to the end remains unchanged. Doris Day 1945: Honda's attempt to break out in Burma begins in earnest. 1945: Allied carrier planes hit Japanese naval forces in Tokyo Bay, sinking 12 ships and damaging nine, including the battleship Nagato. Doris Day *One of America's most prolific actresses was born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff on April 3, 1922, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her parents divorced while she was still a child and she lived with her mother. Like most little girls, Doris liked to dance. She aspired to become a professional ballerina, but an automobile accident that crushed a leg ended whatever hopes she had of dancing on stage. It was a terrible setback, but after taking singing lessons she found a new vocation, and began singing with local bands. It was while working for local bandleader Barney Rapp in 1939 or 1940 that she adopted the stage name "Day" as an alternative to "Kappelhoff," at his suggestion. Rapp felt her surname was too long for marquees. The first song she had performed for him was Day After Day, and her stage name was taken from that. After working with Rapp, Day worked with a number of other bandleaders including Jimmy James, Bob Crosby, and Les Brown. It was while working with Brown that Day scored her first hit recording, "Sentimental Journey", which was released in early 1945. It soon became an anthem of the desire of World War II demobilizing troops to return home. This song is still associated with Day, and was rerecorded by her on several occasions, as well as being included in her 1971 television special. Doris Day She met trombonist Al Jorden, whom she married in 1941. Jorden was prone to violence and they divorced after two years, not long after the birth of their son Terry. In 1946, Doris married George Weidler, but this union lasted less than a year. Day's agent talked her into taking a screen test at Warner Bros. The executives there liked what they saw and signed her to a contract (her early credits are often confused with those of another actress named Doris Day, who appeared mainly in B westerns in the 1930s and 1940s). Her first starring movie role was in "Romance on the High Seas" (1948). The next year, she made two more films, "My Dream Is Yours" (1949) and "It's a Great Feeling" (1949). Audiences took to her beauty, terrific singing voice and bubbly personality, and she turned in fine performances in the movies she made (in addition to several hit records). She made three films for Warner Bros. in 1950 and five more in 1951. In that year, she met and married Martin Melcher, who adopted her young son Terry, who later grew up to become Terry Melcher, a successful record producer. In 1953, Doris starred in "Calamity Jane" (1953), which was a major hit, and several more followed: "Lucky Me" (1954), "Love Me or Leave Me" (1955), "The Man Who Knew Too Much" (1956) and what is probably her best-known film, "Pillow Talk" (1959). She began to slow down her filmmaking pace in the 1960s, even though she started out the decade with a hit, "Please Don't Eat the Daisies" (1960). Her husband, who had also taken charge of her career, had made deals for her to star in films she didn't really care about, which led to a bout with exhaustion. The 1960s weren't to be a repeat of the previous busy decade. She didn't make as many films as she had in that decade, but the ones she did make were successful: "Do Not Disturb" (1965), "The Glass Bottom Boat" (1966), "Where Were You When the Lights Went Out?" (1968) and "With Six You Get Eggroll" (1968). Martin Melcher died in 1968, and Doris never made another film, but she had been signed by Melcher to do her own TV series, "The Doris Day Show" (1968). That show, like her movies, was also successful, lasting until 1973. After her series went off the air, she made only occasional TV appearances. Today, she runs the Doris Day Animal League in Carmel, California, which advocates homes and proper care of household pets. What else would you expect of America's sweetheart? TRIVIA: Measurements: 36-25-36 (in 1953) (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine) Height: 5' 7" (1.70 m) Mobilgas Ad - July 1945
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  8. Morning all. 60F under clear skies. A bit less humid and mostly sunny today. High reaching 84F this afternoon.
  9. Chrysler Ad - July 1943 1940: The German Army presents its plan for the invasion of Britain. Six divisions are to land between Ramsgate and Bexhill in the southeast corner of England, four will land between Brighton and the Isle of Wight and three on the Dorset coast. Two Airborne division's will also be deployed, with follow up forces including six Panzer and three Motorised divisions. 1940: The first anti-Jewish measures are taken in Vichy France. *Susan Hayward 1940: Under extreme diplomatic pressure, Britain agrees to close the Burma Road, a vital supply route for the Chinese army. 1941: FDR wants to double the 7 night baseball games to keep war workers on the job. Susan Hayward 1941: In Finland the old 1939 border is crossed by Finnish forces at Käsnäselkä. 1942: Himmler visits Auschwitz-Birkenau for two days, inspecting all ongoing construction and expansion, then observes the extermination process from start to finish as two trainloads of Jews arrive from Holland. Kommandant Höss is then promoted. Construction includes four large gas chamber/crematories. Susan Hayward 1943: An allied military government (Amgot) is set up in Sicily. 1944: Two ammunition-laden transport ships explode whilst docked at Port Chicago, California. 320 sailors and other military personnel are killed in what is the worst stateside disaster of the war. Most of the sailors were African-Americans, who had received no training in ammunition handling. Many of the survivors refused to load any more ships until proper safety procedures were put in place. The so-called "Port Chicago Mutiny" resulted in numerous court martials and imprisonments, but the publicity surrounding the event led directly to the end of racially segregated assignments in the Navy two years later. (READ MORE) Higgins Industries Ad - July 1943 1944: Rommel is severely wounded by a Spitfire attack after his inspection of defenses Southeast of Caen. 1944: The Germans say they will hold Baltic States 'at all costs', as the Russian advance approaches the Latvian border. Susan Hayward 1944: Admiral Shimada, the Japanese Navy Minister is sacked, Nomura takes over. 1945: President Harry S. Truman, Soviet leader Josef Stalin and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill began meeting at Potsdam in the final Allied summit of World War II. (WATCH NEWSREEL) Susan Hayward *Susan Hayward was born Edythe Marrener in Brooklyn, New York, on June 30, 1917. Her father was a transportation worker, and Susan lived a fairly comfortable life as a child, but the precocious little redhead had no idea of the life that awaited her. She attended public school in Brooklyn, where she graduated from a commercial high school that was intended to give students a marketable skill. She had planned on becoming a secretary, but her plans changed. She started doing some modeling work for photographers in the NYC area. By 1937, her beauty in full bloom, she went to Hollywood when the nationwide search was on for someone to play the role of Scarlett O'Hara in Margaret Mitchell's "Gone with the Wind" (1939). Although she--along with several hundred other aspiring Scarletts--lost out to Vivien Leigh, Susan was to carve her own signature in Hollywood circles. Susan Hayward In 1937 she got a bit part in "Hollywood Hotel" (1937). The bit parts continued all through 1938, with Susan playing, among other things, a coed, a telephone operator and an aspiring actress. She wasn't happy with these bit parts, but she also realized she had to "pay her dues". In 1939 she finally landed a part with substance, playing Isobel Rivers in the hit action film "Beau Geste" (1939). In 1941 she played Millie Perkins in the offbeat thriller "Among the Living" (1941). This quirky little film showed Hollywood Susan's considerable dramatic qualities for the first time. She then played a Southern belle in Cecil B. DeMille's "Reap the Wild Wind" (1942), one of the director's bigger successes, and once again showed her mettle as an actress. Following that movie she starred with Paulette Goddard and Fred MacMurray in "The Forest Rangers" (1942), playing tough gal Tana Mason. Although such films as "Jack London" (1943), "And Now Tomorrow" (1944) and "Deadline at Dawn" (1946) continued to showcase her talent, she still hadn't gotten the meaty role she craved. In 1947, however, she did, and received the first of five Academy Award nominations, this one for her portrayal of Angelica Evans in "Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman" (1947). She played the part to the hilt and many thought she would take home the Oscar, but she lost out to Loretta Young for "The Farmer's Daughter" (1947). In 1949 Susan was nominated again for "My Foolish Heart" (1949) and again was up against stiff competition, but once more her hopes were dashed when Olivia de Havilland won for "The Heiress" (1949). Now, however, with two Oscar nominations under her belt, Susan was a force to be reckoned with. Good scripts finally started to come her way and she chose carefully because she wanted to appear in good quality productions. Her caution paid off, as she garnered yet a third nomination in 1953 for "With a Song in My Heart" (1952). Later that year she starred as Rachel Donaldson Robards Jackson in "The President's Lady" (1953). She was superb as Andrew Jackson's embittered wife, who dies before he was able to take office as President of the United States. After her fourth Academy Award nomination for "I'll Cry Tomorrow" (1955), Susan began to wonder if she would ever take home the coveted gold statue. She didn't have much longer to wait, though. In 1958 she gave the performance of her lifetime as real-life California killer Barbara Graham in "I Want to Live!" (1958), who was convicted of murder and sentenced to death in the gas chamber. Susan was absolutely riveting in her portrayal of the doomed woman. Many film buffs consider it to be one of the finest performances of all time, and this time she was not only nominated for Best Actress, but won. After that role she appeared in about one movie a year. In 1972 she made her last theatrical film, "The Revengers" (1972). A two-pack a day smoker with a taste for drink, Susan was diagnosed with brain cancer in March of 1972. Hayward died at age 57 on March 14, 1975, of pneumonia-related complications of brain cancer, having survived considerably longer than doctors had predicted. There is speculation that she may have been affected by radioactive fallout from atmospheric atomic bomb tests while making "The Conqueror" with John Wayne. TRIVIA: Measurements: 36 1/2-26-35 1/2 Height: 5' 3 1/2" (1.61 m) Spouse: Floyd Eaton Chalkley (8 February 1957 - 9 January 1966) (his death) Jess Barker (24 July 1944 - 18 August 1954) (divorced) 2 children Her first marriage to actor Jess Barker was a stormy one and ended with a bitter custody battle of her twin sons and a suicide attempt by Susan. Her second to rancher Eaton Chalkley was a long and happy one until he died suddenly of hepatitis nine years later. She left Hollywood for five years in deep mourning, returning in 1971. Was diagnosed with brain cancer, allegedly the result of being exposed to dangerous radioactive toxins on location in Utah while making The Conqueror (1956). All the leads John Wayne, Agnes Moorehead, John Hoyt, Hayward and the director Dick Powell died of cancer. The case is still a scandal. Her footprints at Grauman's Chinese Theatre are the only ones set in gold dust. Took over the ballsy role of stage star Helen Lawson in Valley of the Dolls (1967) in 1967 after Judy Garland was fired. Was born on the same day, and same place (Brooklyn N.Y) as singer Lena Horne. Camel Cigarette Ad - July 1945
  10. Morning. 71F under clear skies. Heat index at 71F. Partly sunny this afternoon. High of 86F.
  11. Curtiss-Wright Ad - July 1943 1940: Hitler issues Directive No.16, orders for the planning of 'Operation Sealion', the invasion of Britain. Twenty divisions are earmarked for the invasion, but the Luftwaffe must gain air superiority first. All plans are to be ready by mid-August. 1940: Destroyer Imogen sinks in Pentland Firth after collision in fog by the British light cruiser HMS Glasgow. *Gloria DeHaven 1940: Japanese Cabinet resigns under army pressure. 1941: Army Group South traps 20 Russians divisions in a pocket at Uman. Gloria DeHaven 1942: 12,887 Jews of Paris are rounded up and sent to Drancy Internment Camp located outside the city. 1943: Canadians forces take Caltagirone, 40 miles inland from Syracuse. The Americans take Agringento, before beginning their drive for Palermo. The British finally secure Primosole bridge and Montgomery advances on Catania. Gloria DeHaven 1944: The Brody pocket begins to form in the northern Ukraine, trapping 40,000 German troops. 1944: The Eighth Army captures Arezzo and reaches the Arno river. Gloria DeHaven 1945: At 5.30 am, the first atomic bomb is exploded at a test site in Los Alamos, USA. Gloria DeHaven *Gloria Mildred DeHaven was born on July 23, 1925 in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of actor-director Carter DeHaven and actress Flora Parker DeHaven, both former vaudeville performers. She began her career as a child actor with a bit part in Charlie Chaplin's "Modern Times" (1936). She was signed to a contract with MGM Studios, but despite featured roles in such films as "The Thin Man Goes Home" (1944) and "Summer Stock" (1950), she did not achieve film stardom. She portrayed her mother in the Fred Astaire film "Three Little Words" (1950). DeHaven also appeared as a regular in the television series and soap operas "As the World Turns", "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" and "Ryan's Hope". She was one of the numerous celebrities enticed to appear in the all-star box office flop "Won Ton Ton", the "Dog Who Saved Hollywood" (1976), and has guest starred in such television series as "Robert Montgomery Presents", "The Guy Mitchell Show", "The Rifleman", "Wagon Train", "The Lloyd Bridges Show", "Marcus Welby, M.D.", "Gunsmoke", "Fantasy Island", "Hart to Hart", "The Love Boat", "Highway to Heaven", "Murder, She Wrote" and "Touched By An Angel". In the late 1960s and early 1970s, DeHaven hosted a morning call-in movie show, "Prize Movie", on WABC-TV in New York City. Gloria DeHaven DeHaven has been married four times to three different men. Her first husband was actor John Payne whom she married on December 28, 1944 and divorced in 1950. Her second husband was Martin Kimmell; they were married June 21, 1953 and divorced the following year. She was married to Richard Fincher from 1957 until 1963; they remarried in 1965 and divorced in 1969. She has two children with Payne, daughter Kathleen Hope born 1945 and son Thomas John born 1947. She has two additional children with Fincher, son Harry born 1958 and daughter Faith born 1962. DeHaven has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6933 Hollywood Blvd. DeHaven died on July 30, 2016 in Las Vegas of undisclosed causes a week after her 91st birthday while in hospice care after having had a stroke a few months earlier. TRIVIA: Measurements: 34-24-34 Fairchild Engine and Airplane Corporation Ad - July 1943
  12. I don't celebrate anything French.
  13. Morning all. 56F under clear skies. Warmer and muggier with mostly sunny skies. High reaching 88F.
  14. Campbell Soup Company Ad - July 1943 1940: Unemployment in Britain up 60,431 in June to 827,266, but still down half a million on June 1939. Home Office bans fireworks, kite and balloon flying. 1941: A US airbase is established at Argentia in Newfoundland. *Lizabeth Scott - YANK Pin-up Girl - Nov. 23, 1945 1941: British MAUD report recommends low yield U-235 bombs by 1943. 1941: Army Group Centre encircles Smolensk, along with a large body of Russians to the west of the City. Lizabeth Scott 1941: British forces enter Beirut. 1942: Final losses for convoy PQ-17 are 24 ships sunk for 141,721 tons. 8 ships were sunk by the Luftwaffe, 7 by U-boats and another 9 were combined Luftwaffe/U-boat kills. The loss of material was likewise very heavy with 210 aircraft, 430 tanks, 3350 lorries, and 99,316 tons of general cargo going to the bottom of the Arctic Ocean. The Germans lost only 5 planes and no U-boats. Lizabeth Scott 1942: The Germans take Boguchar and Millerovo, less than 200 miles from Stalingrad. However, they have only captured 80,000 Russian's since the 28th June. 1942: New Zealander troops attack 'Kidney' Ridge in three days of fighting, which costs Rommel 2,600 prisoners and 115 guns captured. Armour and Company Ad - July 1943 1942: The first supply flight from India to China over the 'Hump' is flown. 1944: Two Soviet armies from Crimea join the Baltic front so that it can continue its offensive. Russian tank penetrations are only 25 miles from Lvov. Lizabeth Scott 1945: The U.S. Third Fleet shells the steel center on Hokkaido Island in the Japanese homeland. It is reported that 108,000 tons of shipping has been sunk in last two days attacks. 1945: The Australians take Prince Alexander Range in Borneo after an eight-week struggle. Lizabeth Scott *Lizabeth Scott was born Emma Matzo on September 29, 1922 in the Pine Brook section of Scranton, Pennsylvania, the daughter of John and Mary Matzo, Roman Catholic immigrants from Slovakia. She attended Central High School and Marywood College. She later went to New York City and attended the Alvienne School of Drama. In late 1942, she was eking out a precarious living with a small Midtown Manhattan summer stock company when she got a job as understudy for Tallulah Bankhead in Thornton Wilder's play "The Skin of Our Teeth". However, Scott never had an opportunity to substitute for Bankhead. When Miriam Hopkins was signed to replace Bankhead, Scott quit and returned to her drama studies and some fashion modeling. She then received a call that Gladys George, who was signed to replace Hopkins, was ill, and Scott was needed back at the theatre. She went on in the leading role of "Sabina", receiving a nod of approval from critics at the tender age of 20. The following night, George was out again and Scott went on in her place. Soon afterward, Scott was at the Stork Club when film producer Hal Wallis asked who she was, unaware that an aide had already arranged an interview with her for the following day. When Scott returned home, however, she found a telegram offering her the lead for the Boston run of "The Skin of Our Teeth". She could not turn it down. She sent Wallis her apologies and went on the road. Though the Broadway production, in which she was credited as "Girl", christened her "Elizabeth", she dropped the "e" the day after the opening night in Boston, "just to be different". A photograph of Scott in Harper's Bazaar magazine was seen by movie agent Charles Feldman. He admired the fashion pose and took her on as a client. Scott made her first screen test at Warner Brothers, where she and Wallis finally met. Though the test was bad, the producer recognized her potential. As soon as Wallis set up shop at Paramount, she was signed to a contract. Her movie debut was in "You Came Along" (1945) opposite Robert Cummings. Lizabeth Scott Paramount publicity dubbed Scott "The Threat," in order to create an onscreen persona for her similar to Lauren Bacall or Veronica Lake. Scott's smoky sensuality and husky voice lent itself to the film noir genre and, beginning with "The Strange Love of Martha Ivers" (1946) starring Barbara Stanwyck and Van Heflin, the studio cast her in a series of noir thrillers. Film historian Eddie Muller has noted that no other actress has appeared in so many noir movies, with more than three quarters of her 20 films qualifying. The dark blonde actress was initially compared to Bacall because of a slight resemblance and a similar voice, even more so after she starred with Bacall's husband, Humphrey Bogart, in the 1947 noir thriller "Dead Reckoning". At the age of 25, Scott's billing and portrait were equal to Bogart's on the film's lobby posters and in advertisements. The movie was the first of many femme fatale roles for Scott. She also starred in "Desert Fury" (1947), a noir filmed in Technicolor, with John Hodiak, Burt Lancaster, Wendell Corey and Mary Astor. In it, she played Paula Haller, who, on her return from college, falls for gangster Eddie Bendix (Hodiak), and faces a great deal of opposition from the others. Scott was paired with Lancaster, Corey and Kirk Douglas in Wallis' "I Walk Alone" (1948), a noirish story of betrayal and vengeance. In 1949, she starred as a vicious femme fatale in "Too Late for Tears". The film is unusual for featuring her as the main character, rather than the supporting role most women were relegated to in film noirs of the period. Having being known professionally as Lizabeth Scott for 4 1/2 years, she appeared at the courthouse in Los Angeles, on October 20, 1949 and had her name legally changed. Another courtroom appearance came several years later, in 1955, when she sued Confidential magazine for stating that she spent her off-work hours with "Hollywood's weird society of baritone babes" (a euphemism for a lesbian) in an article which claimed Scott's name was found on the clients' list belonging to a call-girl agency. The suit was thrown out on a technicality. After completing "Loving You" (1957), Elvis Presley's second movie, Scott retired from the screen. Later that year, she would record her album, "Lizabeth". The next few years saw Scott occasionally guest-star on television, including a 1963 episode of "Burke's Law". After completing her final major film role, Scott signed a recording contract with Vik (a subsidiary of RCA) and recorded an album with Henri Rene and his orchestra (in Hollywood on October 28, 29 and 30, 1957). Simply titled Lizabeth, the tracks are a mixture of torch songs and playful romantic ballads. The recordings were arranged by George Wyle and Henri Rene, while Herman Diaz, Jr. produced and directed. The album is currently available on CD and online via iTunes. Despite some rumored romances, no positive records of a relationship exist, and Scott never married or produced any children. At least one book suggests she was a mistress of married film producer Hal Wallis. While she would continue to make some guest appearances on various television shows throughout the 1960s, much of her private time was dedicated to classes at the University of Southern California. In 1972, she made one final motion picture appearance, in "Pulp" with Michael Caine and Mickey Rooney. After that, she mostly kept away from public view and has declined many interview requests. She did, however, appear on stage at an American Film Institute tribute to Hal Wallis in 1987. In 2001, she was listed as one of the celebrity guests for the Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Special, which screened in the USA on CBS. More recently, she was photographed next to an image of herself on the poster for "The Strange Love of Martha Ivers" at the AMPAS Centennial Celebration for Barbara Stanwyck on 16 May 2007. In 2003, Scott spoke substantially to Bernard F. Dick about her time in movies for his biography of producer Hal Wallis. In the book, the author remarks that during his conversation with Scott in a restaurant, Scott (then 81 years old) was able to recite her opening monologue from "The Skin of Our Teeth", which she performed on stage at age 20. The book, Hal Wallis: Producer to the Stars, includes the most comprehensive account of Scott's career available. Lizabeth Scott has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to motion pictures at 1624 Vine Street in Hollywood. Lizabeth Scott died of congestive heart failure at the age of 92 on January 31, 2015. American Meat Institute Ad - July 1945