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  1. Donster

    Tuesday

    Morning all. 32F with a few scattered clouds and 22F wind chill. The major snow storm is going to stay to our south. 👍 Mostly cloudy and windy today. Winds out of the NE at 15-30 MPH. High of 38F.
  2. Bendix Ad - February 1943 1941: British Commando's land on the Italian held Island of Castelorizzo in the Dodecanese. 1941: The British submarine, HMS Upholder, sinks the Italian Cruiser Armando Diaz to the southwest of Malta. 1941: British Nigerian troops of the 11th African Division occupy Mogadishu, the capital of Italian Somaliland, having advanced up the coast. Meanwhile the 12th African Division pushes up the river Juba in Italian Somaliland towards the Abyssinian border town of Dolo. Anne Baxter 1942: The debate in the House of Commons comes to a close with many speakers being sharply critical of government policy, with the bombing of Germany being called in to question. 1942: After the withdrawal of ABDA HQ from Java, Wavell himself now leaves for Australia. Anne Baxter 1943: The RAF begins a round the clock bombing campaign in Tunisia, with 2,000 raids in the next 48 hours. 1943: U.S. troops retake the Kasserine Pass in Tunisia, where they had been defeated five days before. Bendix Ad - February 1944 1944: Convoy JW-57 (43 ships and 19 escorts) sailing the Loch Ewe to the Kola Peninsula, is attacked on 25 February off Norway. One destroyer, HMS Mahratta, is sunk by U-990 for 1,920 tons. 1944: U.S. forces destroy 135 Japanese planes in Marianas and Guam. Anne Baxter 1945: 400 RAF bombers carry out attacks against Dortmund and Rheine. 1945: Turkey declares war against Germany. Anne Baxter *Anne Baxter was born in Michigan City, Indiana, on May 7, 1923. She was the daughter of a salesman and his wife, Catherine, who herself was the daughter of Frank Lloyd Wright, the world-renowned architect. Anne was a young girl of 11 when her parents moved to New York City, which at that time was still the hub of the entertainment industry even though the film colony was moving west. The move there encouraged her to consider acting as a vocation. At 16 Baxter screen-tested for the role of Mrs. DeWinter in "Rebecca", losing out to Joan Fontaine because director Alfred Hitchcock considered her "too young" for the role, but the strength of that first foray into movie acting secured her a seven-year contract with 20th Century Fox. Her first movie role was in "20 Mule Team" in 1940. She was chosen by director Orson Welles to appear in "The Magnificent Ambersons" (1942), based on the novel by Booth Tarkington. Baxter co-starred with Tyrone Power and Gene Tierney in 1946's "The Razor's Edge", for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. In 1950, she was chosen to co-star in "All About Eve", largely because of a resemblance to Claudette Colbert, who had initially been chosen to co-star in the film; the original idea being to have her character gradually come to visually mirror Colbert's over the course of the film. Baxter received a nomination for Best Actress for the title role of Eve Harrington. Later during that decade, Baxter also continued to act in professional theater. According to a program from the production, Baxter appeared on Broadway in 1953 opposite Tyrone Power in Charles Laughton's "John Brown's Body", a play based upon the narrative poem by Stephen Vincent Benét (though the Internet Broadway Database states that Power's co-star was Judith Anderson). In 1953 she appeared opposite Montgomery Clift in Alfred Hitchcock's "I Confess". Baxter is also remembered for her role as the Egyptian Queen Nefretiri opposite Charlton Heston's portrayal of Moses in Cecil B. DeMille's award winning The Ten Commandments (1956). Anne Baxter as the Egyptian Princess Nefertiri & Yul Brynner as Pharaoh Ramesses II in The Ten Commandments Baxter appeared regularly on television in the 1960s. For example, she did a stint as one of the "What's My Line?" "Mystery Guests" on the popular Sunday night CBS-TV quiz program. She also starred as guest villain "Zelda the Great" in two episodes of the superhero show "Batman". She appeared as another villain, "Olga, Queen of the Cossacks," opposite Vincent Price's "Egghead" in three episodes of the show's third season. She also played an old flame of Raymond Burr on his crime series "Ironside". Anne Baxter as Olga, Queen of the Cossacks & Vincent Price as Egghead in 1960's Batman TV Series Baxter returned to Broadway during the 1970s in "Applause", the musical version of "All About Eve", but this time in the "Margo Channing" role played by Bette Davis in the film. (She was replacing Lauren Bacall, who won a Tony Award in the role.) In the 1970s, Baxter was a frequent guest and stand-in host on the popular daytime TV talk-fest "The Mike Douglas Show", since Baxter and host Mike Douglas were friends. She portrayed a homicidal movie star on an episode of "Columbo" called "Requiem for a Fallen Star." In 1983, Baxter starred in the television series "Hotel", replacing Bette Davis in the cast after Davis was taken ill. Anne Baxter In the 1950s, Baxter was married to and then divorced from actor John Hodiak. They had a daughter, Katrina. In 1960 Baxter married second husband, Randolph Galt. They left Hollywood to briefly live on a cattle station in the Australian outback before moving to New Mexico and Hawaii and settling back in Brentwood, California. She told the story in her memoir Intermission: A True Story. In the book, Baxter blamed the failure of her first marriage to Hodiak on herself. Baxter and Galt had two daughters Melissa, an interior designer and Maginel, a Roman Catholic nun in Rome. Baxter was briefly married again in 1977 to David Klee, a prominent stockbroker, but was widowed when he died unexpectedly due to illness. Baxter never remarried. They had purchased a sprawling property in Easton, Connecticut which was extensively remodeled, but Klee did not live to see the renovations completed. The house was architecturally reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright's flat-roofed 'Prairie School Architecture' structures. Baxter remodeled the living-room fireplace to resemble the one in her grandfather's masterpiece, Fallingwater. Although Baxter maintained a residence in West Hollywood, California, she considered her beloved Connecticut home to be her primary residence. Anne Baxter She was a lifelong friend of the late costume designer Edith Head, who she first met on the set of "The Ten Commandments" and who also appeared in a cameo role with Baxter in the "Columbo" episode in which Baxter starred. Upon Head's death in 1981, Baxter's daughter, Melissa, who was also a goddaughter of Head, was bequeathed her extraordinary collection of jewelry. Baxter died from a brain aneurysm on December 12, 1985, while walking down Madison Avenue in New York City. She was 62. She is buried on the estate of Frank Lloyd Wright at Lloyd Jones Cemetery in Spring Green, Wisconsin. She was survived by her three daughters. TRIVIA: Measurements: 34-24-35 (1950 during All About Eve (1950)), 35 1/2-24- 35 (listed 1953) (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine). Height: 5' 4" (1.63 m) Spouse: David Klee (30 January 1977 - 15 October 1977) (his death) Randolph Galt (18 February 1960 - 1968) (divorced) 2 children John Hodiak (7 July 1946 - 27 January 1953) (divorced) 1 child Pullman Ad - February 1944
  3. Donster

    Monday

    Morning all. 30F under clear skies. Winter Storm Watch in effect tonight through Wednesday afternoon. 6 to 10 inches of snow possible. Cloudy today with rain moving in tonight then changing to snow. Winds out of the NE at 10-20 MPH. High of 42F.
  4. Talon Fastener Ad - February 1943 1941: The 2-engine Manchester bomber, is used for the first time during an RAF raid against Brest. 1941: Reconnaissance elements of the German 5th Light Division clash with British forces for the first time in Africa, at Nofilia near El Agheila. *Marie McDonald 1942: British Parliament begins a two day debate on the conduct of the war. 1942: USS Enterprise attacks the Japanese garrison on Wake Island. Marie McDonald 1944: 'Big Week' continues with a co-ordinated RAF and USAAF attacks on the Schweinfurt ball-bearing factory. 1944: Hitler speaks to a closed door meeting of Nazi Party leaders and activists at the Hofbrauhaus in Munich on the occasion of the anniversary of the proclamation of the Party Program in 1920. Hitler refuses Goebbels requests that the speech be broadcast and even prohibits any mention of it in the newspapers. North American Aviation Ad - February 1944 1945: German U-boats sink 8 ships and 2 destroyers from a convoy bound for the Russian port of Murmansk. 1945: A haggard and aged-looking Hitler addresses his Gauleiters and Reichsleiters for what proves to be the last time in the Reich Chancellery in Berlin on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the proclamation of the Nazi Party program. Perhaps sensitive to the likelihood of public scepticism and derision, he refuses to allow the speech to be broadcast or even reported to the public at large. Marie McDonald 1945: Germans counter attacks wipe out the Russian Hron bridgehead over the Danube to the northwest of Budapest. 1945: U.S. Marines capture a second airfield on Iwo Jima. Marie McDonald *Marie McDonald, born Cora Marie Frye on July 6, 1923 in Burgin, Kentucky, was a leggy, voluptuous blonde starlet who pursued her career with a vengeance but found little reward in the end. Her mother was a former Ziegfeld girl and her grandmother an operatic singer. Her father, on the other hand, was not so artistically inclined, earning a living as a warden at Leavenworth Prison. Her parents divorced when Marie was just 6 years old. Marie's mother remarried and the new family moved to Yonkers, New York, where she attended Roosevelt High School and excelled in piano and wrote for the school newspaper. Although Marie was offered a college scholarship by Columbia University in journalism, Marie's impressive beauty and physical assets propelled her to try a show business career. A Powers model at 15 (she lied about her age), she quit high school and started entering beauty contests, winning the "Miss Yonkers" and "The Queen of Coney Island" titles, among others. In 1939 she was crowned "Miss New York," but subsequently lost at the "Miss America" pageant. Marie McDonald The attention she received from her beauty titles, however, pointed her straight to the Broadway stage and the "George White's Scandals of 1939." This in turn led to her move to Los Angeles, finding work in the chorus line while trying to break into pictures. She found her first singing work with Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra on his radio show and eventually joined other bands as well. Although Universal signed her up, she couldn't get past a few one-line jobs. She knew publicity would have to be her mode of operation if she was to draw the necessary attention and advance her career. During World War II, McDonald became one of Hollywood's most popular pin-up girls and she posed for the United States military magazine, YANK. Marie McDonald - YANK Pinup Girl - August 25, 1944 Press agents dubbed Marie "The Body" and the tag eventually stuck. Though her physical attributes were impressive, her talent was less so. Managing to come her way were the films "Guest in the House" (1944), "Living in a Big Way" (1947) with Gene Kelly and "Tell It to the Judge" (1949). Marie was once in contention for the Billie Dawn role in "Born Yesterday," which could have been her big break, but she lost out to Judy Holliday. The audience simply didn't latch on to Marie and she ended up more on the road doing bus-and-truck shows than anything else. Marie McDonald Despite a plethora of tabloid attention, which included her seven marriages and numerous sex scandals in addition to the publicity hijinks she managed to muster up, notoriety that would have made the late Jayne Mansfield envious, Marie's career eventually stalled and she turned to drink, drugs and despair. This led to frequent skirmishes with the law and more than a few nervous breakdowns. Her last effective role was in the Jerry Lewis starrer "The Geisha Boy" (1958) where she gamely played a snippy movie star at the mercy of the comedian's outrageous slapstick. On October 21, 1965 (aged 42) at Calabasas, California, the never-say-die gal finally decided enough was enough and she ended it all with an overdose of Percodan. She was laid to rest in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California. Three months after McDonald's death, her sixth husband Donald F. Taylor, who was a producer had occasionally acted under the name Don Taylor, committed suicide in January 1966. McDonald's three surviving children were raised by Harry Karl and his wife, Debbie Reynolds. TRIVIA: Measurements: 36 1/2-22 1/2-35 Height: 5' 6" (1.67 m) Spouse: Donald F. Taylor (1 November 1963 - 21 October 1965) (her death) Edward F. Callaha (6 August 1962 - 5 September 1963) (annulled) Louis Bass (23 May 1959 - 8 April 1960) (divorced) Harry Karl (June 1955 - 16 April 1958) (divorced) 1 child Harry Karl (19 September 1947 - 23 November 1954) (divorced) 2 children Victor M. Orsatti (10 January 1943 - May 1947) (divorced) Richard Allord (1940 - 1940) (annulled) After several miscarriages, she adopted two children, Denise "Dede" and Harrison "Bo", between the years 1951-1954. A daughter, Tina Marie, was born later in 1956. She died of a drug overdose because there was air in the needle that was injected into her. Her husband was charged with murder, but he killed himself two days after she died. Harry Karl, the father of her three children, did not want the children after Marie died. His wife at the time, Debbie Reynolds, insisted they move in with him anyway. North American Aviation Ad - February 1945
  5. Donster

    Sunday

    Morning all. 31F under clear skies. Increasing clouds. Winds out of the W at 5-10 MPH. High of 54F. Last day of nice weather as winter returns tomorrow with rain/snow.
  6. Nash-Kelvinator Ad - February 1943 1938: Twelve Chinese fighter planes drop bombs on Japan. 1940: Sweden announces that she will not permit British or French troops to cross through her territory on their way to Finland. *Anne Gwynne - YANK Pinup Girl 1940: The Soviet Union announces its final conditions for peace. Finland must hand over the Karelia Isthmus and the shores of Lake Ladoga. It must also grant a 30 year lease on the Hangö Peninsula and sign a mutual assistance treaty, guaranteeing the security of the Gulf of Finland against external threats. In return for all this, the Russians will withdraw from the Petsamo area. 1940: Crews of Exeter and Ajax cheered through London after return from South America. Anne Gwynne 1941: Alexandros Korizis, the Greek premier formally accepts Britain's offer of troops. 1941: Stuka's sink a British Destroyer and the Monitor Terror off the North African coast, near Tobruk. 1941: Free French forces land in Eritrea. Anne Gwynne 1942: Air Marshal A. T. (Bomber) Harris is appointed C-in-C of Bomber Command. Harris already had a reputation of being a determined and forceful character and was totally convinced that the bombing of Germany could bring her to her knees and be decisive in winning the war. 1942: The British submarine HMS Trident, torpedo's the cruiser Prinz Eugen which is sailing to Norway from Kiel, forcing its return to Germany for substantial repairs. Nash-Kelvinator Ad - February 1944 1942: While the 17th Indian Division is withdrawing across the river Sittang, the Japanese launch an attack to capture the Bridge. Lieutenant General Smyth, orders the bridge to be blown, even though more than half his division has still to cross. The remnants of the 17th Indian Division, withdraw to Pegu, where they are joined by the 7th Armoured Brigade, which had recently arrived from the Middle East. For prematurely blowing up the bridge on the river Sittang, Lieutenant General Smyth is removed from command of the 17th Indian Division by General Wavell. 1942: Wavells ABDA HQ leaves Java for Australia, where upon its arrival it is disbanded. Against the wishes of Churchill, the Australian Prime Minister, Curtin orders all Australian Divisions to return home. 1942: A Japanese submarine shells an oil refinery near Santa Barbara, California, the first Axis bombs to hit American soil. Anne Gwynne 1944: Total U.S. casualties so far are put at 19,499 killed, 45,545 wounded, 26,339 missing and 26,754 captured. 1944: U.S. carrier-based planes attack the Mariana Islands. Only 1,300 miles from Tokyo. 1944: General Lucas is sacked from the Anzio command and is replaced by Major General Truscott. German counter-attacks drives the Anzio beachhead back further. 1944: Merrill's 'Marauders' (US 5307th Composite Unit) begins Stilwell's Sino-American advance into northern Burma. Nash-Kelvinator Ad - February 1944 1945: The US Ninth Army begins an offensive from its bridgeheads on the Roer river leading to the bloody battle of the Hürtgen Forest. 1945: The Russians capture the fortress of Posen after a month-long siege. Anne Gwynne 1945: US paratroops spring 2,146 detainees from a Japanese camp South of Manila in surprise attack, during which 243 Japanese are killed for loss of just two U.S. killed and two injured. 1945: U.S. Marines storm Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima and raise the U.S. flag. (WATCH NEWSREEL) **1946: Japanese General Tomoyuki Yamashita is hanged in Manila, the Philippines, for war crimes. Anne Gwynne *Vivid, strikingly beautiful actress Anne Gwynne arrived in Hollywood a typical starry-eyed model looking to become a big film star, and ended up one of Universal Studio's favorite screamers in "B" horror films. Born in Waco, Texas on December 10, 1918, but raised in Missouri, she first modeled Catalina swimwear and appeared in local community theater productions to gain experience. Universal Studios took one look at this gorgeous eyeful and immediately signed her up in 1939. Her first work was in westerns opposite the likes of Johnny Mack Brown, but she swiftly moved to chillers and at the mercy of Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, and Lon Chaney Jr. Anne became known as one of the first 'scream queens' because of her numerous appearances in these horror films. Though she seldom rose above the second-string ranks, she was quite popular with the servicemen as a WWII pin-up. The war years at Universal found Gwynne at her peak. Billed as the TNT girl (trim, neat, terrific), she became a popular pin up, and was voted "The Girl We Would Most Like to Corral" by a regiment of the U.S. Calvary. Her image, as portrayed by Universal's publicity department, was that of a wholesome young lady. It was said that she did not smoke or drink alcohol, enjoyed playing tennis, and by 1944 had been dating the same boyfriend for two years. Gwynne was indeed kept busy during this period. Besides her feature and publicity work at Universal, she toured military bases with the "Hollywood On Parade" shows, along with other stars such as John Garfield. She also appeared in a national print ad campaign, giving her endorsement to Royal Crown Cola. Anne Gwynne As many others before her, TV proved a welcome medium in the 50s as her film career fell away, appearing in guest spots and commercials. Gwynne was a television pioneer, appearing in TV's first filmed series, "Public Prosecutor" (194748), 26 mysteries each 17½ minutes in running time. When aired, the DuMont Television Network stopped the film before the climax and a live three-member panel would try to guess the identity of the culprit. Other TV stations could buy rights to air this series but usually did not use panelists. Widowed in 1965, her health began to deteriorate in the 90s and she was forced to move to the Motion Picture Country Home. Anne Gwynne had the looks and talent to be a top star, but not the luck. Nevertheless, she was a game player who screamed with the best of them. She passed away on March 31, 2003 at age 84 in Woodland Hills, California following complications of a stroke. TRIVIA: Height: 5' 5" (1.65 m) Spouse: Max M. Gilford (30 December 1945 - 3 May 1965) (his death) 2 children Was one of the top five pin-ups in World War II, according to a February 15, 1943 "Life" magazine article. Others were Dorothy Lamour, Ann Sheridan, Maureen O'Hara and Alexis Smith. #1 pinup girl for 2 years in the "YANK" magazine for WWII servicemen. A former "Miss San Antonio". Nash-Kelvinator Ad - February 1945
  7. Donster

    Saturday

    Morning all. 27F under clear skies. A warm weekend begins. Sunny. Mild. Winds out of the S at 5-15 MPH. High of 48F.
  8. Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Ad - February 1944 1940: Two IRA bombs explode in London; 12 people injured. 1940: The German destroyer Z3 'Max Schultz', hits a mine and sinks whilst trying to evade an air attack in the North Sea. *Hazel Brooks 1941: 430 Jewish hostages are deported from Amsterdam after a Dutch Nazi is killed by Jews. 1941: The Afrika Korps, newly arrived in Libya, launch their first probing attacks against the unpleasantly surprised British Army at El Agheila. Hazel Brooks 1942: Air Marshal A. T. (Bomber) Harris is appointed C-in-C of Bomber Command. 1942: British forces in retreat less than 100 miles from Rangoon, the capital of Burma. 1942: President Franklin Roosevelt orders Gen. Douglas MacArthur to leave the Philippines. E. R. Squibb & Sons Ad - February 1944 1943: Churchill is said to be 'on the mend' after a severe fever. 1943: Army Group Centre begins a counterattack in the area between the Dnieper and Donets. 1943: Allied commando raid on Myebon, South of Akyab in the Arakan, western Burma. Hazel Brooks 1944: Malinovsky completes the capture of the mining area around Krivoi Rog. 1944: Heavy Japanese losses as the U.S. Navy bombards the Marianas in the Pacific. Hazel Brooks 1945: Allied Air Forces launch Operation Clarion, a concerted effort to wipe out all forms of transport available to the Germans in 24 hours. Nearly 9,000 aircraft, operating from bases in England, France, Holland, Belgium and Italy attack over 250,00 square miles of territory, targeting railways, bridges, ports and roads. 1945: After a heavy four-day battle, the U.S.Fifth Army takes the Upper Reno Valley in northern Italy between Bologna and Florence. Hazel Brooks *Born on September 8, 1924 in Cape Town, South Africa, she grew up in the U.S. and by 1943, at age 18, had been signed by M.G.M. Billed under her real name, Hazel Brooks, she made a series of pictures at the studio during the 1940s, culminating with a lead role in 1947 "Body and Soul" with John Garfield. She had captured almost as much attention three years earlier in 1944 when, at age 19, she married the long-time head of her studio's fabled art department, Cedric Gibbons, then 51. Although the age difference inspired a certain amount of winking in the gossip columns at the time, the marriage proved a strong one and lasted until Gibbons' death in 1960. Brooks subsequently married Dr. Rex Ross, a surgeon and founder of the Non-invasive Vascular Clinic at Hollywood Hospital. Dr. Ross predeceased her in 1999. Hazel Brooks According to long-time friend Maria Cooper Janis, Gary Cooper's daughter, Ross in the years after her retirement from films became a skilled still photographer. She also worked actively for a number of children's charities. Following early bit parts in a half-dozen MGM vehicles, Brooks played the cynical nightclub singer who distracts John Garfield from boxing and from Lilli Palmer in "Body and Soul". She had subsequent roles in "Arch of Triumph" and "Sleep, My Love" in 1948, as well as "The Basketball Fix" (1951) and "The I Don't Care Girl" (1953). As Hazel Brooks Ross, she dies on September 18, 2002 at age 78 after a long illness at her Bel Air, California, home. Autocar Trucks Ad - February 1944
  9. Donster

    Friday

    Morning all. 10F under clear skies with a -2F wind chill. Sunny, breezy and milder. Winds out of the SW at 10-20 MPH, gusting to 30 MPH in the afternoon. High of 40F. Highs close to 50F this weekend! Melt some more of that snow!
  10. Willys Jeep Ad - February 1943 1942: Convoy ON-166 (60 ships) sailing from Britain to North America, is attacked in the North Atlantic by 19 U-boats from wolfpacks Ritter and Knappen between the 21st and 26th February. 14 allied ships are lost for 87,901 tons. 4 U-boats U-225, U-606, U-529, U623 were sunk during the battle. 1943: The 25th Anniversary of the creation of the Red Army is celebrated in all allied countries. *Louise Allbritton 1944: U.S. Marines complete the capture of Eniwetok Atoll, suffering 339 dead. 1944: Hideki Tojo becomes chief of staff of the Japanese army. Louise Allbritton 1945: The US 8th Air Force launches another heavy attack (over 1,000 bombers) against Nürnberg. 1945: The British 2nd Division establishes another Irrawaddy bridgehead, while the British 36th Division breaks through at Myitson, in northern Burma. Meanwhile further British forces cross the Irrawaddy in central Burma. 1945: The 1st Ukrainian Front captures Guben. Louise Allbritton *Louise Allbritton was the only child of L.L. and Caroline Greer Allbritton and was born on July 3, 1920 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Soon after her birth, the family moved to Wichita Falls, Texas, where her father owned and operated the local traction system. Louise's mother Caroline died when Louise was a very young child and her father was left to cope with Louise's determination to become an actress. He sent her to the University of Oklahoma where she studied journalism but after two years, quit and moved to California where she joined the Pasadena Playhouse. While apprenticing there, she tried unsuccessfully to get film work but was told she was too tall. She remained at the Pasadena Playhouse where she performed lead roles in several productions but without film work she began to think she would move back to Texas and life on the 100,000 acre ranch with her father. As so often happens (particularly in the movies), a scout from Columbia Pictures happened to catch her matriculating on stage and offered her a role in an upcoming Fay Wray-Paul Kelly film called "Not a Ladies Man" (1942). Which stunk. Shortly after that film's release, Louise was in another Columbia stinker -- "Parachute Nurse" (1942). Louise claimed she played the parachute. Soon after, Louise signed a seven year contract with Universal, a company not well-renowned for promoting their actors. Universal was known, however, for firing actors (and they in turn found stardom at other studios) and their horror pictures. Her best starring assignment during her Universal years was the whimsical heroine in the captivating comedy "San Diego I Love You" (1945). By 1948, however, Louise was mired in "other woman" and secondary roles; she is quite good in this capacity in Universal's "The Egg and I" (1947), but the film's best lines and bits of business went to stars Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray. Louise only made 23 films (actually 24 but the last has never been released). During this time, she met a real life war correspondent through her good friend Carole Landis -- Charles Collingwood -- who became Louise's husband. Louise Allbritton Louise Allbritton retired from films in 1949, spending the rest of her life traversing the globe in the company of her husband, peripatetic CBS news correspondent Charles Collingwood. Louise Allbritton died from spinal cancer on February 16, 1979 (aged 58) in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. TRIVIA: Height: 5' 7" (1.70 m) While filming "Son of Dracula" (1943), she and her costar Robert Paige were constantly playing jokes on their cast mates. One day, costar Pat Moriarty and Robert Paige were filming a scene where they flip open her Albritton's character's coffin. They were astonished upon opening the lid to find Albritton inside, completely naked. Willys Jeep Ad - February 1944
  11. Donster

    Thursday

    Morning all. 4F under clear skies with -9F wind chill. Sunny. Winds out of the NW at 5-15 MPH. High of 20F.
  12. Bell Telephone Ad - February 1943 1938: Hitler demands self-determination for Germans in Austria and Czechoslovakia. 1940: General von Falkenhorst is appointed to command the German invasion of Norway. *Alexis Smith 1941: The United States sends war planes to the Pacific. 1941: The Australian Prime Minister, R.G. Menzies arrives in Britain for talks with Churchill. Lt. Edward O'Hare 1942: Lt. Edward O'Hare downs five out of nine Japanese bombers that are attacking the carrier Lexington. (MORE INFO) 1942: Japanese forces land on the Portuguese Island of Timor. Japanese troops having suffered heavy casualties over the past few weeks from battle and disease, begin to slacken their pressure in Bataan. President Quezon of the Philippines leaves for Australia in a US submarine. Alexis Smith 1943: Fierce fighting in continues in central Tunisia after the German breakout through the Kasserine Pass, but further offensive operations by the Afrika Korps are halted in order for them to withdraw to the Mareth line. 1944: 'Big Week' rolls on with the largest ever daylight raid of war by the USAAF on Germany as 970 bombers carry out attacks against Hamburg, Leipzig and Braunschweig. The RAF pound Stuttgart with 2,000-tons of bombs. Bell Telephone Ad - February 1945 1944: A ferry boat, carrying the remaining 'Heavy Water' production from Telemark in Norway, back to Germany for safety is sabotaged and sunk on Lake Tinnsjo. 1944: The Admiralty announces an 11-day battle with U-boats in Straits of Gibraltar, during which three ships are sunk and several damaged. Alexis Smith 1944: U.S. carrier-based and land-based planes destroy the Japanese base at Rabaul. 1945: The RAF launch the first of 36 consecutive night raids on Berlin. 1945: Red Army attacks against the lines of Army Group Courland fail in the face of stubborn German resistance. Alexis Smith *Born Gladys Smith on June 8, 1921 in Penticton, British Columbia, Canada, Smith was raised in Los Angeles. She was signed to a contract by Warner Bros. after being discovered by a talent scout while attending college. Her earliest film roles were uncredited bit parts and it took several years for her career to gain momentum. Her first credited part was in the feature film "Dive Bomber" (1941), playing the female lead opposite Errol Flynn. Her appearance in "The Constant Nymph" (1943) was well received and led to bigger parts. During the 1940s she appeared opposite some of the most popular male stars of the day, including Errol Flynn in "Gentleman Jim" (1942) and "San Antonio" (1945) (in which she sang a special version of the popular ballad "Some Sunday Morning"), Humphrey Bogart in "The Two Mrs. Carrolls" (1947), Cary Grant in a sanitized, fictional version of Cole and Linda Porter's life in "Night and Day" (1946), and Bing Crosby in "Here Comes the Groom" (1951). Some of Smith's other films include "Rhapsody In Blue" (1945), "Of Human Bondage" (1946) and "The Young Philadelphians" (1959). She appeared on the cover of the May 3, 1971 issue of Time with the announcement that she would be starring in Hal Prince's Broadway production of "Stephen Sondheim's Follies". In 1972 she won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance. She followed this with the 1973 all-star revival of "The Women", the short-lived 1975 comedy "Summer Brave" and the ill-fated 1978 musical "Platinum", which drew decent notices only for her performance and quickly closed. Alexis Smith Smith had a recurring role on the TV series "Dallas" as Clayton Farlow's sister Jessica Montford in 1984 and again in 1990. She was nominated for an Emmy Award for her guest appearance on the television sitcom "Cheers" in 1990. Alexis Smith died on June 9, 1993 in Los Angeles, California from brain cancer the day after her 72nd birthday. She had no children and was survived by her husband actor Craig Stevens. TRIVIA: Measurements: 34-24-36 (1942) Height: 5' 9" (1.75 m) Tall, graceful, talented, Canadian-born actress who was married for 49 years to actor Craig Stevens. Bell Telephone Ad - February 1945
  13. Donster

    Wednesday

    Morning all. 11F under overcast skies with a -3F wind chill. Mostly cloudy. Scattered flurries possible. Winds out of the N at 5-15 MPH. High of 19F.
  14. Model Smoking Tobacco Ad - February 1943 1940: Destroyer HMS Daring torpedoed, 157 are killed. 1940: Finnish forces defeat and disperse the Soviet 18th Division northeast of Lake Ladoga. *Constance Bennett 1942: General Gamelin, Leon Blum and Paul Reynaud are put on trial at Riom by the Vichy government, charged with being responsible for the French defeat of 1940. The trial is never concluded. Blum defends himself so brilliantly that the trial is suspended. He remains a prisoner until 1945. 1942: Under increasing threat of being outflanked by the advancing Japanese, the 17th Indian Division is finally given permission to withdraw across the river Sittang. Constance Bennett 1942: Largest Japanese air raid since Pearl Harbor occurs against Darwin, Australia as the Japanese attack twice in one day. 1942: The Battle of Badung Strait results in a Japanese victory, as an American-British-Dutch-Australian Command (ABDA) naval squadron attempts to prevent the Japanese landing on Bali. The Allies lose 1 Dutch destroyer sunk and 2 Dutch cruisers and a US destroyer damaged. Mototola Ad - February 1945 1942: Japanese invade Bali. 1942: Executive Order 9066 is signed by President Roosevelt, authorizing the transfer of more than 100,000 German, Italian and Japanese-Americans living in coastal Pacific areas to concentration camps in various inland states (and including inland areas of California). Those interned lose an estimated 400 million dollars in property, as their homes and possessions are taken from them. Constance Bennett 1943: A two-day U-boat attack on Convoy ONl16 in the North Atlantic ends with 15 allied ships sunk. 1943: The first Chindit action against Japanese occurs. Reliance Manufacturing Ad - February 1945 1944: The U.S. Eighth Air Force and Royal Air Force begin "Big Week," a series of heavy bomber attacks against German aircraft production facilities. 1944: The RAF saturates Leipzig, dropping 2,300 tons of bombs, but lose 78 of 823 bombers. Constance Bennett 1944: A Japanese convoy is smashed by allied aircraft in the Bismarck Archipelago. 1945: After a heavy bombardment, 30,000 US Marines land on Iwo Jima, but suffer 2,420 casualties on the first day. 1945: German forces re-establish communications between Königsberg and the port of Pillau, thus again enabling tens of thousands of German refugees to be evacuated to the west by ships of the Kriegsmarine. 'Operation Sonnenwende' is finally ended in the face of ever strengthening Red Army resistance. The operation was a complete military failure, although did show that the German Army could still organize and mount limited counter-attacks. Constance Bennett *Independent, outspoken Constance Bennett, born on 22 October 1904, in New York City, was the first of the Bennett sisters to enter films, appeared in New York-produced silents before a chance meeting with Samuel Goldwyn led to her Hollywood debut in "Cytherea" (1924). In 1921 Bennett eloped with Chester Hirst Moorehead of Chicago, the son of a surgeon. The marriage was annulled in 1923. She abandoned a burgeoning career in silents for marriage to millionaire socialite Philip Morgan Plant in 1925; after they divorced, she achieved stardom in talkies from 1929. The hit "Common Clay" (1930) launched her in a series of loose lady and unwed mother roles, but she really excelled in such sophisticated comedies as "The Affairs of Cellini" (1934), "Ladies in Love" (1936), "Topper" (1937) and "Merrily We Live" (1938). Her classy blonde looks, husky voice and unerring fashion sense gave her a distinctive style. In the 1940s she made fewer films, working in radio and theatre; shrewd in business, she invested wisely and started businesses marketing women's wear and cosmetics. Loving conflict, she feuded with the press and enjoyed lawsuits. In 1941, Bennett married the actor Gilbert Roland, by whom she had two daughters, Lorinda and Christina (a.k.a. Gyl). They were divorced in 1946. In June 1946, Bennett married US Air Force Colonel (later Brigadier General) John Theron Coulter (1912-1995). This last marriage, to U.S. Air Force colonel Coulter, was happy and gave her a key role coordinating shows flown to Europe for occupying troops (1946-48) and the Berlin Airlift (1948-49), winning her military honors. Still young-looking, she died suddenly of a cerebral hemorrhage at age 60 on July 24, 1965 at Fort Dix, New Jersey, shortly after completing the last of her 57 films. In recognition of her military contributions, and as the wife of Theron John Coulter, she was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Coulter died in 1995 and was buried with her. Camel Cigarette Ad - February 1945
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    Tuesday

    Morning all. 26F under scattered clouds and a 12F wind chill. Partly cloudy. Windy. Winds out of the NW at 15-25+ MPH. High of 28F.
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