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  1. Donster

    Monday

    Morning all. 56F under clear skies. A taste of Autumn here too! Continued clear skies today (along with forest fire haze). High today of 78F.
  2. North American Aviation Ad - August 1942 1940: Montreal mayor Camillien Houde publicly urges Quebecers to not sign up for national registration for war duty. 1940: Lord Beaverbrook appointed to War Cabinet. *Adele Mara 1940: French military court sentences de Gaulle to death in absentia. 1940: Italy reported to be massing troops on Libya-Egypt border. Adele Mara 1941: US and USSR agree on US aid. 1941: All radios in Norway are confiscated. 1941: Soviets blow up a huge Japanese fuel and ammunition dump at Tatutzuchuan in Eastern Manchuria. North American Aviation Ad - August 1944 1942: The British convoy, code-named 'Pedestal' leaves Britain for the strategically-important island of Malta in the Mediterranean. The convoy consists of 14 fast merchant ships loaded with fuel, food, and ammunition. The convoy is accompanied by 2 battleships (Nelson and Rodney), 3 aircraft carriers (Victorious, Indomitable, and Eagle), 14 destroyers, and 3 anti-aircraft cruisers. Adele Mara 1943: The ninth attack on Hamburg in eight days. More bombs have now been dropped on Hamburg than on London during the whole of the Blitz. Estimated 50.000 killed, equal to Britain's entire civilian losses by bombing in the war so far. 1943: Hitler orders that German armies are to hold fast in Russia, but Manstein ignores him and uses a 'flexible defense' in the Kharkov sector. The Russian gains around Orel continue., but German forces repel massive Soviet attacks at Izyum and the Mius river line. Adele Mara 1943: The US Army drafts Sicilian mules into service to carry supplies to soldiers fighting in the mountains of Italy. The mule train commander reports that few of the draftees "seem to like army life." 1943: Two hundred Jews escape from Treblinka extermination camp during a revolt. Adele Mara 1944: Churchill makes a statement to the House of Commons and says after seven weeks of non-stop V1 attacks, 5,340 having being launched, that 4,735 have been killed, 14,000 injured and 17,000 houses completely destroyed. 1944: The U.S. VIII Corps moves West from the Avranches area along the Brittany coast, but the main force drives eastward. Turkey ends diplomatic relations with Germany. 1944: The First Polish Army gains a Vistula bridgehead, 40 miles to the south of Warsaw. 1945: Potsdam conference ends after more than two weeks of deliberations. Allied leaders have been discussing what should become of Germany. Adele Mara *Adele Mara, was born Adelaide Delgado on April 28 1923 in Highland Park, Michigan, is most famous for her roles in the films "Angel in Exile" (1948) and "Sands of Iwo Jima" (1949) with John Wayne. Spanish-American Adele Mara was a singer/dancer with Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra in Detroit by the age of 15. Cugat took the beautiful, brown-eyed brunette to New York where she was spotted by a Columbia talent scout and signed in 1942. There she played brisk leading ladies in a series of standard, uneventful "B" films including "Vengeance of the West" (1942) with Tex Ritter and "Alias Boston Blackie" (1942) starring Chester Morris. A couple of years later she was transformed into a sexy platinum blonde pin-up after signing up with Republic Studios. She kept herself quite busy there predominantly cast as senorita-types opposite cowboy stars Roy Rogers in "Bells of Rosarita" (1945) and Gene Autry in "Twilight on the Rio Grande" (1947). She was also fetching fodder in crime dramas including "Blackmail" (1947) and "Web of Danger" (1947) and a pleasant diversion in adventure pictures such as "Wake of the Red Witch" (1948) with John Wayne and "The Avengers" (1950). Seldom was she given the chance to prove her acting talents, however, and her film career waned in the early 1950s. Her last screen appearance would be in "The Big Circus" (1959) with Victor Mature. Adele subsequently moved into TV and was featured in a number of guest spots, primarily in westerns. Adele Mara She eventually settled down to raise a family after her marriage to TV mogul Roy Huggins who produced many hit shows including "77 Sunset Strip" (1958) and "Maverick" (1957). She would appear as a guest in a number of them. The couple had three sons. Adele Mara died of natural causes at her home on May 7, 2010 (aged 87) in Pacific Palisades, California. North American Aviation Ad - August 1945
  3. Donster

    Sunday

    Morning all. 63F under partly cloudy skies. Sunny this afternoon with a high of 80F.
  4. Cadillac Ad - August 1944 1940: RAF bomb Krupp works at Essen. 1940: British Order in Council declares the start of the grouse shooting season to be August 5 instead of the 12th. *Veronica Lake 1940: Hitler signs Directive No.17, requiring the Luftwaffe and Kriegsmarine to increase their attacks against Britain and her shipping, in preparation for 'Operation Sealion'. 1940: Russian Foreign Minister Molotov reaffirms Soviet neutrality and Russo-German pact and verbally attacks Britain and US. Veronica Lake 1941: Roosevelt stops US oil supplies to the 'aggressors'. 1941: Fighting flares up around the perimeter of Tobruk. Veronica Lake 1941: The Grumman TBF Avenger torpedo plane makes its first flight. 1941: Army Group Centre continues its liquidation of the Smolensk pocket. Soviet troops put up fierce resistance near Orsha and Vitebsk west of Smolensk. A powerful counter-offensive is launched at Gomel south of Mogilev against German bridgeheads over the Dnieper River. Veronica Lake 1941: First convoy to Murmansk. 1942: Ensign Henry C. White, while flying a J4F Widgeon plane, sinks U-166 as it approaches the Mississippi River, the first U-boat sunk by the U.S. Coast Guard. Veronica Lake 1942: An interlocking convoy system is introduced along the entire US eastern seaboard, as well as the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. 1942: The 15th Panzer Division fails to break through the British 8th Army's lines in the battle of Alam Halfa and advance toward Alexandria, 120km away. The German lose about 30 tanks and are forced to withdraw. Veronica Lake 1942: Army Group A continues to fan out into the Caucasus region, while advance units reach the Kuban River. Army Group B continues its fight to cut off the Soviet defenders near Kalach in the Don bend near Stalingrad. 1942: Japanese establish puppet government in Burma. Mobilgas Ad - August 1944 1943: The USAAF loses 54 B24s out of 178 in a disastrous raid (the longest yet attempted) on the Ploesti oil fields in Romania while inflicting only superficial damage.(WATCH NEWSREEL) 1943: Increasingly heavy fighting continues on Sicily, with some of the fiercest fighting yet seen. Featured in the "HUMP EXPRESS", the official weekly newspaper of the India-China Division (ICD) of the Air Transport Command (ATC) of the U.S. Army Air Force in the China-Burma-India (CBI) Theater of World War II - February 22, 1945 1943: Hitler orders the immediate evacuation of the Orel salient. 1943: Lydia Litvak, the top scoring Russian female fighter pilot of the war (12 kills), is shot down and killed. Veronica Lake 1943: The Japanese destroyer Amagiri sinks USN PT-109 in the Solomon's, which is commanded by Lieutenant John F. Kennedy. 1944: Patton's U.S. Third Army is activated. Veronica Lake 1944: The Russians take Kaunas and cut all roads from Germany to Baltic States. Bor-Komorowski leads the Warsaw Uprising by the 38,000 strong Polish underground Army. They receive no support from Soviet forces who are already on the eastern bank of the Vistula opposite the city. 1944: The Finnish President Risto Ryti resigns, with his place is taken by Marshal Karl Gustav Mannerheim. Veronica Lake 1944: U.S. Marines complete the capture of Tinian Island losing 389 killed for 9,000 Japanese. Veronica Lake *Born Constance Frances Marie Ockelman (later Keane) in Brooklyn, New York on November 14, 1919 (some sources list 1922 as her date of birth). Her father, Harry E. Ockelman, of Danish-Irish descent, worked for an oil company onboard a ship. Her father died in an industrial explosion in Philadelphia in 1932 when she was ten. Her mother, née Constance Charlotta Trimble (19021992), (listed as "Veronica F." on the 1920 census), married family friend Anthony Keane, a newspaper staff artist, a year later, and Lake began using his last name. Lake was sent to Villa Maria, an all-girls Catholic boarding school in Montreal, Canada, which she hated and from which she was expelled. The Keane family later moved to Miami, Florida. Lake attended high school in Miami, where she was known for her beauty. She had a troubled childhood and was, according to her mother, diagnosed as schizophrenic. In 1938, Lake moved with her mother and stepfather to Beverly Hills, where her mother enrolled her in the Bliss-Hayden School of Acting. Her first appearance on screen was for RKO, playing a small role among several coeds in the 1939 film, "Sorority House". Similar roles followed, including "All Women Have Secrets" and "Dancing Co-Ed". During the making of "Sorority House", director John Farrow first noticed how her hair always covered her right eye, creating an air of mystery about her and enhancing her natural beauty. She was then introduced to the Paramount producer Arthur Hornblow, Jr.. He changed her name to Veronica Lake because the surname suited her blue eyes. She was still a teenager. In 1939, she was signed by RKO Studios, sometimes appearing in small roles before the studio dropped her contract. A few bit parts at MGM and 20th Century-Fox followed, and soon after marrying first husband John Detlie, Lake signed with Paramount. With her cool manner and 'peekaboo' hairstyle she created a sensation; millions of women copied her peekaboo bang. Her breakthrough film was "I Wanted Wings" in 1941, a major hit in which Lake played the second female lead and was said to have stolen scene after scene from the rest of the cast. This success was followed by "Hold Back the Dawn" later that year. Lake's biggest year in films was 1942, when she starred in a string of hit films for Paramount, including "Sullivan's Travels", "This Gun for Hire", "I Married a Witch", "The Glass Key", and "So Proudly We Hail!". For a short time during the early 1940s, Lake was considered one of the most reliable box office draws in Hollywood. She became known for onscreen pairings with actor Alan Ladd. At first, the couple was teamed together merely out of physical necessity: Ladd was just 5 feet 5 inches (1.65 m) tall and the only actress then on the Paramount lot short enough to pair with him was Lake, who stood just 4 feet 11½ inches (1.51 m). They made four films together. Although popular with the public, Lake had a complex personality and acquired a reputation for being difficult to work with. Eddie Bracken, her co-star in "Star Spangled Rhythm" (1942) was quoted as saying, "She was known as 'The Bitch' and she deserved the title." In that movie, Lake took part in a song lampooning her hair style, "A Sweater, A Sarong and a Peekaboo Bang", performed with Paulette Goddard and Dorothy Lamour. Lake's career stumbled with her unsympathetic role as Nazi spy Dora Bruckman in 1944's "The Hour Before the Dawn". During filming, she tripped on a lighting cable while pregnant and began hemorrhaging. She recovered, but her second child, William, was born prematurely on July 8, 1943, dying a week later from uremic poisoning. She and Detlie divorced shortly thereafter, and Lake then married prominent director André De Toth in late 1944. Meanwhile, scathing reviews of "The Hour Before Dawn" included criticism of her unconvincing German accent. Lake earned her pilot's license in 1946 and was able to fly solo between Los Angeles and New York. Veronica Lake Nonetheless, Lake was earning $4,500 per week under her contract with Paramount. She had begun drinking more heavily during this period and people began refusing to work with her. Paramount cast Lake in a string of mostly forgotten films. A notable exception was "The Blue Dahlia" (1946), in which she again co-starred with Ladd. During filming, screenplay writer Raymond Chandler referred to her as "Moronica Lake". Paramount decided not to renew her contract in 1948. Although Lake proved to be a good actress, especially in comedy and film noir, her career began to fade soon after the end of World War II. She gave birth to her son with De Toth late in 1945. Several more films followed, and Lake gave birth to another daughter, born in late 1948. By then, however, Paramount had dropped her contract following the release of the comedy "Isn't It Romantic?" (1948). Veronica Lake's film career came to a halt in the late 1940s; she made just three films afterward. Lake divorced De Toth in 1952, and she left California to settle in New York, where she did quite a bit of stage work and made a number of appearances on early television. However, mental illness and her increasing use of alcohol chipped away at her career, and by the late 1950s or early 1960s Lake was working as a bar maid. By chance she was rediscovered, and in the early 1960s Lake was offered a job working in Baltimore as a TV host. She made two more films: "Footsteps in the Snow" (made in Canada and released in 1966) and "Flesh Feast" (shot in Miami in 1967; not released until 1970), a film which she also produced. Lake wrote a sensational autobiography, which made waves when it was published in 1969. Sadly, she passed away in Burlington, Vermont, on July 7, 1973 (aged 50), from hepatitis and acute renal failure (complications of her alcoholism). She was survived by her fourth husband, two daughters, a son, and her mother. TRIVIA: Height: 4' 11 1/2" (1.51 m) Her height variously given as "barely five feet" to 5' 2" Photos indicate the shorter height. During World War II, the rage for her peek-a-boo bangs became a hazard when women in the defense industry would get their bangs caught in machinery. Lake had to take a publicity picture in which she reacted painfully to her hair getting "caught" in a drill press in order to heighten public awareness about the hazard of her hairstyle. Her ashes sat on a funeral home's shelf until 1976 when her cremation was paid for and supposedly spread on the Florida coastline. Some 30 years after her death, her ashes resurfaced in a New York antique store in October 2004. Her son Michael died on February 24, 1991, aged 45, in Olympia, Washington. Her third husband, Joseph Allen McCarthy, wrote lyrics for many Cy Coleman songs, among them "I'm Gonna Laugh You Right Out Of My Life" and "Why Try To Change Me Now?" sung by Frank Sinatra. McCarthy's father, Joseph McCarthy, was also a lyricist; his most famous songs are "You Made Me Love You" and "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows." Camel Cigarette Ad - August 1945
  5. Donster

    Saturday

    Morning all. 67F under cloudy skies. The cool down finally arrived last night. Able to turn off the AC. Partly sunny, passing shower later this afternoon. High of 78F. Scattered showers and thunderstorms possible tonight. Low of 65F.
  6. Philco Ad - July 1942 1940: Hitler appraised the Army plan for the invasion of Britain at a conference of his top Military chiefs. The Navy criticize the plan for being on a too broad a front, requiring 2,500 barges in order to transport the invading forces, which cant be concentrated before the 15th of September at the earliest. The Army refute these arguments, saying that too narrow a front would allow the British to concentrate what forces they posses. 1940: Hitler formally announces to his military commanders that he has decided to invade Russia. *Jane Frazee 1941: The U.S. Army establishes the Military Police Corps. 1941: During July, 501 British civilians died in air raids. Jane Frazee 1941: Göring instructs Heydrich to prepare for Final Solution. 1941: Joseph Terboven declares a state of emergency in Norway. Jane Frazee 1941: Army Group North, which is slowly advancing toward Leningrad, reaches Lake Ilmen, to the south of Novgorod. However, its troops are very fatigued due to the marshes and heavily wooded terrain. 1942: Heavy RAF night raid on Düsseldorf. Jane Frazee 1942: The German advance into the Northern Caucasus continues. Philco Ad - July 1943 1944: The British VIII Corps begins 'Operation Bluecoat', an assault towards the river Vire. The U.S. 4th Armoured Division captures Avranches, having advanced 35 miles and taken 20,000 prisoners since the 25th July. Jane Frazee 1944: The Soviet army takes Kovno, the capital of Lithuania. 1944: The last Japanese counter-attack on Tinian is annihilated. U.S. forces make further landings on the North West coast of Dutch New Guinea and begin a jungle push from Aitape. Jane Frazee 1945: The French collaboration trials have so far resulted in 1,629 death sentences, 757 hard labour for life, 5,328 other hard labour, 1,136 solitary confinement, 11,073 prison sentences, 22,137 to suffer national degradation and 3,564 acquitted. 1945: A British midget submarine attack on Singapore sinks the Japanese heavy cruiser Takao. Jane Frazee *Jane Frazee was born Mary Jane Frehse on July 18, 1918 in Duluth, Minnesota. A professional entertainer since the age of six, Jane Frazee and her sister Ruth Frazee had a vaudeville act and appeared in nightclubs and on radio. They journeyed to Hollywood, but the act broke up when Ruth failed her screen tests and Jane passed hers. Jane was quite attractive with a pleasant singing voice. She did a lot of work for Universal Pictures, which put her to the test by having her warble amidst the antics of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in "Buck Privates" (1941), the high-grossing 1941 comedy/World War II film, with Ole Olsen and Chic Johnson in "Hellzapoppin'" (1941), and with the Ritz Brothers "Hi'ya Chum" (1943). Jane also frequently performed in Republic Westerns, both in movies and on television, working with genre stars like Roy Rogers, Charles Starrett, Guinn Williams, Clayton Moore, Jock Mahoney, and Gene Autry. After making her last feature film in 1951, Frazee co-starred with George O'Hanlon in the "Behind the Eight-Ball" (aka "Joe McDoakes" - 1954-56) short-subject series at Warner Bros, and also appeared regularly on the 1952 TV sitcom "Beulah". In 1942, Frazee married silent film actor and director Glenn Tryon. The marriage lasted five years and produced one son, Timothy. She retired from films in the '50s, and started a successful real estate business. Jane Frazee died on September 6, 1985 (aged 67) in Newport Beach, California, after complications of a stroke. Packard Ad - July 1944
  7. Donster

    Friday

    Morning all. 68F under partly cloudy skies with smoke haze. Areas of smoke and haze continue to be an issue today and an Air Quality Alert is in effect through 4pm. Thick smoke from Canadian fires will continue to push south through the day which may significantly filter out the sunshine at times. High today of 78F.
  8. United States Playing Card Company Ad - July 1942 1940: The Luftwaffe ceases major raids over Britain as it builds up strength for it forth coming onslaught. 1940: Act of Havana signed to prevent German takeover of colonies. *Dorothy Malone 1941: Polish-Soviet agreement of cooperation signed at London. 1941: US gunboat Tutiula damaged by Japanese planes near Chungking. Dorothy Malone 1941: British planes from carriers bomb Petsamo. 1941: 17 Japanese 'spy' fishing boats seized by US in Hawaiian waters. Dorothy Malone - YANK Pinup Girl - April 13, 1945 1942: The Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Services (WAVES) is authorized by the U.S. Congress. 1942: The Red Army launches a counter-offensive at Rzhev, which leads to the temporary encirclement of six German divisions, although these are successfully supplied by massive air drops from the Luftwaffe. Army Group A consolidates its bridgehead over the Manych River, while Army Group B struggles to reduce the Soviet bridgehead at Kalach in the Don Estuary west of Stalingrad. Dorothy Malone 1942: Chinese recapture Tsingtien in Eastern Chekiang, cutting off the Japanese at Wenchow. 1942: Japanese capture crucial islands en route to New Guinea. Featured in the "HUMP EXPRESS", the official weekly newspaper of the India-China Division (ICD) of the Air Transport Command (ATC) of the U.S. Army Air Force in the China-Burma-India (CBI) Theater of World War II - February 15, 1945 1943: Hamburg is bombed for a third time. 1943: Army Group A losses the initiative in its attack to secure its positions along the Mius River. Reliance Manufacturing Company Ad - July 1943 1944: Six British divisions attack at Caumont, 15 miles East of St. Lo. 1945: British, U.S. and French troops enter Vienna. Dorothy Malone 1945: The Japanese reject the Potsdam ultimatum, so the Joint Chiefs order the plans for Japanese surrender to be drawn up. 1945: After delivering parts of the first atomic bomb to the island of Tinian, a Japanese submarine sinks the Cruiser U.S.S. Indianapolis resulting in the loss of 881 crewmen. The ship sinks before a radio message can be sent out leaving survivors adrift for two days. (MORE INFO) Dorothy Malone *Malone was born Dorothy Eloise Maloney in Chicago, Illinois on January 30, 1925. The family moved to Dallas, Texas, where she worked as a child model and began acting in school plays at Ursuline Convent and Highland Park High School. While performing at Southern Methodist University, she was spotted by a talent agent for RKO and was signed to a studio contract, making her film debut in 1943 in The Falcon and the Co-Eds. Much of Malone's early career was spent in supporting roles in B-movies, many of them Westerns, although on occasion she had the opportunity to play small but memorable roles, such as that of a brainy, lusty, bespectacled bookstore clerk in "The Big Sleep" (1946) with Humphrey Bogart, and the love interest of Dean Martin in the musical-comedy "Artists and Models" (1955). Dorothy Malone By 1956, Malone had transformed herself into a platinum blonde and shed her good girl-image when she co-starred with Rock Hudson, Lauren Bacall, and Robert Stack in director Douglas Sirk's melodrama "Written on the Wind". Her portrayal of the dipso-nymphomaniac daughter of a Texas oil baron won her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. As a result, she was offered more substantial roles in "Too Much, Too Soon" (1958), where she portrayed Diana Barrymore, "Man of a Thousand Faces" (with James Cagney - 1957), and "Warlock" (with Henry Fonda and Richard Widmark - 1959). Additional screen credits include "The Tarnished Angels" (in which she reunited with former co-stars Hudson and Stack and director Sirk - 1957), "The Last Voyage" (with Stack - 1960) and "The Last Sunset" (with Hudson - 1961). In the 1963-1964 season, Malone guest starred on Jack Palance's ABC circus drama "The Greatest Show on Earth". Thereafter, she became a household name when she accepted the lead role of Constance MacKenzie on the ABC prime time serial "Peyton Place", on which she starred from 1964 through to 1968. She had a featured role in the miniseries "Rich Man, Poor Man" (1976). Her last screen appearance came as a mother convicted of murdering her family in "Basic Instinct" (1992), appearing with Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone. Malone has been married and divorced three times and has two daughters, Mimi and Diane, from her first marriage to actor Jacques Bergerac. Her star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame is located at 1718 Vine. Malone died on January 19, 2018, ten days before her 94th birthday, at a nursing facility in Dallas. Coca Cola Ad - July 1944
  9. Donster

    Thursday

    Morning all. 80F under clear skies and a dew point of 75F. Made it up to 95F yesterday with 79F dew point and 109F heat index. Highs to be cooler today with slowly decreasing humidity. Hazy skies. High of 87F.
  10. RIP Dusty. Saw ZZ Top in concert during their "Eliminator" tour. Great show.
  11. Boeing Ad - July 1944 1940: 80 German planes attack Dover Harbour; British claim 17 down; Air Ministry accuses Germans of using Red Cross planes for reconnaissance. Germany apologizes to Eire for Wexford bombing. Intense dogfights over London and Home Counties. Britain refuses German proposal to use 64 Red Cross ships to rescue airmen from the English Channel. 1940: A German memorandum issued by the OKM states that an invasion of Great Britain will not be possible until the second half of September 1940 and that the prospects for such an invasion seem doubtful. *Lana Turner 1940: James Melville 'Jimmy' Cox, the Reuters' correspondent in Tokyo was arrested on 27th July by the Kempeitai on the usual non-specific charge of espionage. Two days later he was seen falling from an open window on the third floor of the Kempeitai Headquarters. They claimed that he had committed suicide because he was guilty of espionage. 1941: Marshal Zhukov resigns as Russian Chief of Staff. Lana Turner 1942: German troops take Proletarskaya and establish a bridgehead over the Manych River in the Caucasus region. 1943: The mass evacuation of a million civilians from Hamburg is ordered after the recent heavy bombings. Association of American Railroads - July 1945 1943: Army Group A launches counter attacks to improve its positions along the Mius River. 1944: The last of a series of RAF bombing raids on Stuttgart that kill 900 and leave 100,000 homeless takes place. Lana Turner 1944: The Red Army reaches to the Baltic coast to the West of Riga, thereby cutting Army Group North off in Estonia and Eastern Latvia. 1944: The Orote Peninsula is secured on Guam. Lana Turner *Lana Turner was born Julia Jean Mildred Francis Turner in Wallace, Idaho. There is some discrepancy as to whether her birth date is February 8, 1920 or 1921. Lana herself said in her autobiography that she was one year younger (1921) than the records showed, but then this was a time where women, especially actresses, tended to "fib" a bit about their age. Most sources agree that 1920 is the correct year of birth. In 1929, her father was murdered and it was shortly thereafter her mother moved her and the family to California where jobs were "plentiful". Once she matured into a beautiful young woman, she sought after something that would last forever. Stardom. She wasn't found at a drug store counter like some would have you believe, but the legend persists. She pounded the pavement that other would be actors and actresses have done in search of movie roles. In 1937, Lana entered the movie world, at 17, with small parts in "They Won't Forget" (1937), "The Great Garrick" (1937), and "A Star Is Born" (1937). The films didn't bring Lana a lot of notoriety, but it was a start. In 1938, Lana had another small part in "Love Finds Andy Hardy" (1938) starring Mickey Rooney. It was this film that made young men's hearts all over America flutter at the sight of this alluring and provocative young woman, known as the "Sweater Girl". One look at that film could make you understand why. Lana was one of the most beautiful newcomers to grace the silver screen in years. By the 1940's Lana was firmly entrenched in the film colony. Good roles found her in such films as "Johnny Eager" (1942), "Somewhere I'll Find You" (1942), and "Week-End at the Waldorf" (1945). Lana Turner Her private life, however, was a super mess. It kept Lana in the news in a way no one would have wanted. Without a doubt it was career threatening. She was married eight times, twice to Steve Crane. She also married Ronald Dante, Robert Eaton, Fred May, Lex Barker, Henry Topping, and to Artie Shaw. She also battled alcoholism. Her daughter by Crane, Cheryl Crane, fatally stabbed boyfriend Johnny Stampanato in 1958. It was a case that would have rivaled the O.J. Simpson murder case today. Her daughter was acquitted with the court ruling it justifiable homicide. All these interfered with her acting career, but she persevered. The release of "Imitation of Life" (1959), a remake of a 1934 film, was Lana's comeback vehicle. Her performance was flawless as Lora Meredith, an actress struggling to make it in show business with a young daughter, her housekeeper and the housekeeper's rebellious daughter. The film was a box-office success and proved beyond a doubt that Lana had not lost her edge. By the 1960's, she had fewer roles coming her way with the rise of new and younger stars. She still turned in memorable roles in such films as "Portrait in Black" (1960) and "Bachelor in Paradise" (1961). By the next decade the roles were coming in at a trickle. Her last appearance in a big screen production was in "Witches' Brew" (1980). Her final film work came in the acclaimed TV series "Falcon Crest" (1981) where she played Jacqueline Perrault from 1982-1983. After all those years as a heartthrob, nothing had changed. Lana was still as beautiful as ever. Lana died June 25, 1995 in Culver City, California after a long bout with cancer. She was 75 years old. Pullman Ad - July 1945
  12. Donster

    Wednesday

    Morning all. 78F under clear skies. Today is still on track to be the hottest of the week. A Heat Advisory is in effect this afternoon into the early evening hours with heat index values around 100F-105F. Wildfire smoke continues to lead to hazy skies. High of 95F. Warm and muggy tonight with a low of 77F.
  13. AC Spark Plug Ad - July 1944 1940: All road and rail links between occupied France and Vichy cut by the Germans. 1940: Slovak President and Premier meet Hitler and von Ribbentrop at Berchtesgarden. *Rita Hayworth 1941: Finland ends diplomatic relations with Great Britain. 1941: German troops begin to clear Soviet forces trapped in the Smolensk pocket. Rita Hayworth 1941: 40,000 Japanese troops land on the coast of Cochin, China (modern day Vietnam). Japan freezes all US and UK assets in retaliations. 1942: The effect of the fall of Rostov spreads panic and terror in the Soviet Union, prompting harsh counter-measures by the Soviet High Command. Rita Hayworth 1943: The second mass raid on Hamburg by 722 RAF bombers results in nine square miles of city being set alight. 1943: The Japanese garrison of 6,000 troops are secretly evacuated from Kiska in the Aleutians. Coca-Cola Ad-July 1945 1944: U.S. troops take Coutances, thereby meeting the objectives laid down for 'Operation Cobra'. 1944: Brest-Litovsk, on the Polish frontier is taken by the Russians. More crossings over the Vistula are also made. Rita Hayworth 1945: A B-25 bomber crashes into the Empire State Building in New York City, killing 14 people. (MORE INFO) 1945: The remnants of Japanese battlefleet are destroyed in three days of attacks over the Japanese Inland Sea, as the Americans deploy 2,000 carrier-planes and bombers in action. Rita Hayworth *Margarita Carmen Cansino was born in New York on October 17, 1918 into a family of dancers. Her father, Eduardo was a dancer as was his father before him. He immigrated from Spain in 1913. Rita's mother met Eduardo in 1916 and were married the following year. Rita, herself, was trained as a dancer in order to follow in her family's footsteps. She joined her family on stage when she was 8 when her family was filmed in a movie called La fiesta (1926) (aka La Fiesta). It was her first film appearance, albeit uncredited, but by no means was it to be her last. Rita was seen dancing by a Fox executive and was impressed enough to offer her a contract. Rita's "second" debut was in the film Cruz Diablo (1934) at the age of 16. She continued to play small bit parts in several films under the name of "Rita Cansino" until she played the second female lead in Only Angels Have Wings (1939) when she played "Judy McPherson". By this time, she was at Columbia where she was getting top billing but it was the Warner Brothers film The Strawberry Blonde (1941) that seemed to set her apart from the rest of what she had previously done. This was the film that exuded the warmth and seductive vitality that was to make her famous. Rita Hayworth Her natural, raw beauty was showcased later that year in Blood and Sand (1941) filmed in Technicolor. She was probably the second most popular actress after Betty Grable. In You'll Never Get Rich (1941) with Fred Astaire, in 1941, was probably the film that moviegoers felt close to Rita. Her dancing, for which she had trained all her life, was astounding. After the hit Gilda (1946), her career was on the skids. Although she was still making movies, they never approached her earlier work. The drought began between The Lady from Shanghai (1947) and Champagne Safari (1952). Then after Salome (1953), she was not seen again until Pal Joey (1957). Part of the reasons for the downward spiral was television, but also Rita had been replaced by the new star at Columbia, Kim Novak. After a few, rather forgettable films in the 1960s, her career was essentially over. Her final film was The Wrath of God (1972). Her career was really never the same after Gilda (1946). Her dancing had made the film and had made her. Perhaps Gene Ringgold said it best when he remarked, "Rita Hayworth is not an actress of great depth. She was a dancer, a glamorous personality and a sex symbol. These qualities are such that they can carry her no further professionally". Perhaps he was right but Hayworth fans would vehemently disagree with him. Rita, herself, said, "Every man I have known has fallen in love with Gilda and wakened with me". By 1980, Rita was wracked with Alzheimer's Disease. It ravaged her so, that she finally died on May 14, 1987 in New York City. She was 68. Studebaker Ad - July 1945
  14. Donster

    Tuesday

    Morning all. 69F under clear skies with 78% humidity. Mostly sunny skies this afternoon with a high of 92F. Partly cloudy tonight with a few stray storms. Low of 70F. Heat advisory already issued for tomorrow. Heat index values of 105F plus expected.
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