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This Day in WWII 3 December 1939 – 1944

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TexacoAd-Dec1942.jpgTexaco Ad - December 1942

 

1939: The RAF scores a number of direct hits on German warships at the Heligoland Bight naval base.

 

1939: Finnish troops withdraw in good order towards the Mannerheim line defensive position.

 

Grace%20Kelly1.jpg *Grace Kelly

 

1942: Several German divisions ordered to be transferred from Western Europe begin arriving in the area of Army Group Don southwest of Stalingrad in preparation of 'Operation Winter Tempest', the relief of the encircled 6th Army.

 

1943: The RAF conduct a heavy attack against Leipzig killing 1,500 and making 40,000 homeless.

 

Grace%20Kelly2.jpg Grace Kelly

 

1944: Britain's Home Guard, the civilian force assigned to the defense of Britain in the event of German invasion, is stood down after five years. King George VI declares the "You have fulfilled your charge".

 

1944: Armored units of the US 3rd Army succeed in penetrating the fortified German lines of the Westwall near Saarlautern.

 

Grace%20Kelly3.jpg Grace Kelly

*On November 12, 1929, Grace Patricia Kelly was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to wealthy parents. Her girlhood was uneventful for the most part, but one of the things she desired was to become an actress which she had decided on at an early age. After her high school graduation in 1947, Grace struck out on her own, heading to New York's bright lights to try her luck there. Grace worked some as a model and made her debut on Broadway in 1949. She also made a brief foray into the infant medium of television. Not content with the work in New York, Grace moved to Southern California for the more prestigious part of acting -- motion pictures.

In 1951, she appeared in her first film entitled "Fourteen Hours" (1951) when she was 22. It was a small part, but a start nonetheless. The following year she landed the role of Amy Kane in "High Noon" (1952), a western starring Gary Cooper and Lloyd Bridges which turned out to be very popular. In 1953, Grace appeared in only one film, but it was another popular one. The film was "Mogambo" (1953) where Grace played Linda Nordley. The film was a jungle drama in which fellow cast members, Clark Gable and Ava Gardner turned in masterful performances. It was also one of the best films ever released by MGM. Kelly began filming scenes for her next film, "The Bridges at Toko-Ri", in January 1954 with William Holden. The role of Nancy, the cordially wretched wife of naval officer Harry (played by Holden), proved to be a minor but pivotal part of the story. Released in January 1955, The New Yorker wrote of Kelly and Holden's unbridled on-screen chemistry, taking note of Kelly's performance of the part "with quiet confidence." Although she got noticed with "High Noon", her work with director Alfred Hitchcock, which began with "Dial M for Murder" (1954) made her a star. Her standout performance in "Rear Window" (1954) brought her to prominence. As Lisa Fremont, she was cast opposite James Stewart, who played a crippled photographer who witnesses a murder in the next apartment from his wheelchair. Grace stayed busy in 1954 appearing in five films. Grace would forever be immortalized by winning the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Georgie Elgin opposite Bing Crosby in "The Country Girl" (1954). In 1955, Grace once again teamed with Hitchcock in "To Catch a Thief" (1955) co-starring Cary Grant. In 1956, she played Tracy Lord in the musical comedy "High Society" (1956) which also starred Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby. The whimsical tale ended with her re-marrying her former husband, played by Crosby. The film was well received. It also turned out to be her final acting performance. Grace had recently met and married Prince Rainier of Monaco. By becoming a princess, she gave up her career. For the rest of her life, she was to remain in the news with her marriage and her three children. On September 14, 1982, Grace was killed in an automobile accident in her adoptive home country. She was just 52 years old.

TRIVIA:

Measurements: 34-24-35 (1955 pin-up), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)

Height: 5' 7" (1.70 m)

Nickname: Graciebird, Gracie

ChryslerAd-Dec1943.jpg Chrysler Ad - December 1943

 

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