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This Day in WWII 8 June 1940 - 1945

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BendixAd-June1944.jpgBendix Aviation Ad - June 1944

 

1940: The British aircraft carrier Glorious is sunk by the German heavy battle cruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau, Southwest of Narvik.

 

1940: The evacuation of British and French troops (24,000 men) from Narvik and Harstad is completed. A Norwegian delegation negotiates with the Germans for a peace treaty.

 

LindaStirling1.jpg *Linda Stirling

 

1941: RAF launch biggest bombing raid yet on Germany with 360 aircraft.

 

1941: British, Commonwealth and Free French forces invade Syria and the Lebanon ('Operation Explorer') with air and naval support. The British offer Syria independence in an effort to stimulate Syrian revolt against their Vichy rulers. Vichy France protests vigorously at these British proposals.

 

LindaStirling2.jpg Linda Stirling

 

1942: Fifteen Poles, including 12 women are publicly hanged in Poznan. The bodies left hanging for 48 hours as a warning.

 

1944: The U.S. Fifth Army continues its drive North in Italy, taking Civita Castellana.

 

LindaStirling3.jpg Linda Stirling

 

1945: SHAEF reveal the details of the German plans to exterminate all Jews in Europe by the summer 1946.

 

LindaStirling4.jpg Linda Stirling

 

*Born Louise Schultz on October 11, 1921 in Long Beach, California, Linda Stirling was a popular action star of serials in the 1940s. She studied music, dance, and drama as a child and received a scholarship to a Hollywood acting school. But she arrived in Hollywood to discover the school had closed, and she took a job as a showgirl at the Earl Carroll Theatre in Hollywood. She modeled in fashion advertisements and one ad led to a screen test. She was cast as a model in "The Powers Girl" (1943), but more importantly, she was again spotted in an advertisement, this time by executives of Republic Studios, who were looking for a beautiful but athletic woman to star in their upcoming serial, "The Tiger Woman" (1944). Despite having no experience in the kind of stunts and athletics that would be required, Stirling was able to convince not only the executives but ace stuntman Yakima Canutt of her capability. She won the role and a contract from Republic, and played hard-riding and -fighting heroines in numerous serials, Westerns, and low-budget adventure films over the next three or four years. She married a screenwriter for Republic, Sloan Nibley in 1946 and shortly thereafter retired from movies. She made a few guest appearances on television in the 1950s, such as "The Adventures of Kit Carson" (1954-1955), "The Man Behind the Badge" (1955), "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp" (1956) and "The Real McCoys" (1959). After he career as an actress ended, and her children had grown, Stirling enrolled at UCLA, eventually earning a BFA, an MA, and finally a PhD in English literature at the age of 50.

 

LindaSterling5.jpg Linda Stirling

 

With her degree in hand, Stirling began a new career as a teacher of college English and Drama in the 1960s at Glendale College in Glendale, California between 1967 and 1990. In her later life, Stirling sought to distance herself in the classroom from her Hollywood past, but still remained active on the film convention circuit until the last years of her life. She also appeared in a 1990 documentary on Republic Pictures, the studio where she did the bulk of her work; her husband, Sloan Nibley, who wrote many of her films, died the same year. She was widowed in 1990 and died of cancer in Studio City, Los Angeles, California on July 20, 1997.

 

TRIVIA:

Height: 5' 7" (1.70 m)

Mother of Christopher Nibley and Timothy Nibley.

Cousin of actor Harris Yulin and Gwen Welles.

 

BFGoodrichAd-June1945.jpg B.F. Goodrich Ad - June 1945

 

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