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  1. Donster

    Sunday

    Morning all. 55F with a few scattered clouds. Mostly cloudy skies. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 MPH. High near 75F.
  2. Ethyl Corporation Ad - August 1944 1939: A mutual assistance treaty is signed by Poland and Britain. Mussolini complains to Hitler that he is not yet ready for war. 1940: Luftwaffe attacks continue against the RAF's airfields in southeast England. The first night-attack by RAF on Berlins industrial targets is made by 43 aircraft from RAF Bomber Command in retaliation for the accidental attack on London the night before. 1940: German U-boats sink 5 more British ships from the convoys HX-65 and HX-65A near Hebrides, Scotland. *Joan Crawford 1941: Panzer Group 2, along with the 2nd Army, attack southeast from their positions around Gomel and Bryansk, in an attempt to link up with units of Army Group South and encircle Kiev. Panzer Group 1 begins a breakout towards the north from its bridgeheads across the Dnieper, with the aim of linking up with units of Army Group Centre east of Kiev. The German 6th Army engages the bulk of the Soviet forces gathered around Kiev to stop them from retreating. 1941: British and Soviet forces enter Iran, opening up a route to supply the Soviet Union. Joan Crawford 1942: The 4th Panzer Army breaks off attacks south of Stalingrad. Communist Party Committee of Stalingrad proclaims a state of siege. 1942: According to some sources Japanese succeed in landing troops on Guadalcanal in the night from destroyers. Nauru, Gilbert Is. and Goodenough, off the SE coast of New Guinea are occupied by Japanese. Battle of Milne Bay, Papua, begins. Japanese Special Naval Landing Force of 1,200 men come ashore. 1942: Battle of Eastern Solomon's continues with a Japanese destroyer being sunk off Santa Isabel. Joan Crawford 1943: 140 Allied fighters and 136 bombers strafe and bomb the airfield at Foggia, as part of the preparations for the invasion of the Italian mainland. Many axis aircraft are destroyed in these raids. 1943: The Russians continue their advance to the West of Kharkov. Ethyl Corporation Ad - August 1944 1943: Lord Mountbatten becomes the supreme allied commander in South East Asia Command. 1943: US forces complete the capture of New Georgia in the Pacific. Japanese fall back to Francisco River where it runs into Bayern Bay on New Guinea while being pursued by Australian and American troops. (READ NY TIMES ARTICLE) 1944: Allied troops led by French General Jacques Leclerc march into Paris as the 5,000-strong German garrison surrenders. 1944: Finland enters secret negotiations with the Russians to agree a cease-fire. 1944: Russian 3rd Baltic Front reaches Tartu in Estonia. Romania declares war on Germany. Joan Crawford 1945: 7 U-boat men are executed at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas for the murder of a fellow U-Boat man, Werner Drechsler who they had judged as a traitor. 1945: Chinese troops are reported to have entered the Republican capital of Nanking. 1945: Tokyo radio reports large numbers of people committing Hari-kiri in front of the Imperial Palace. Joan Crawford *Joan Crawford was born Lucille Fay LeSueur on March 23, 1905 in San Antonio, Texas. She was the product of a broken home before she was born in that her parents were already separated before the birth. Her mother had trouble keeping husbands after having married three times. Joan was fond of dancing and had entered several dance contests. She wanted a career in show business because it was much more glamorous than the odd jobs she was working. One dance contest she won landed her in a chorus line. Before long, Joan found herself dancing in the big cities of the Mid-West and along the Atlantic coast. After almost two years dancing, Joan decided to take a chance and packed her bags and moved to Los Angeles, California and the movie colony of Hollywood. She felt movies might afford her a chance of fame and glory and she was determined to succeed. Not long after arriving in California, Joan got her first bit role as a showgirl in "Pretty Ladies" in 1925. Three other films quickly followed. Although the roles weren't much to speak of, Joan continued to toil away. Throughout 1927 and the first part of 1928, Joan was handed menial roles. That ended with the role of Diana Medford in "Our Dancing Daughters" (1928). The film was the one to get her elevated to star status. She had made the tough hurdle of making the "big time". Now she was faced with another. The "talkie" era was upon the movie colony and many stars of the era were suddenly worried about their futures. With silent pictures, it didn't matter what kind of voice you had, but with sound pictures it made a tremendous difference. While some stars saw their livelihood halted, Joan's strong voice enabled her to continue. Her first film with sound was in "Untamed" (1929). The film was a success and Joan's career was still in top form. As she entered the 1930s, Joan became one of the top stars in the MGM stable. Films such as "Grand Hotel" (1932), "Sadie McKee" (1934), "No More Ladies" (1935), and "Love on the Run" (1936), kept movie patrons and film executives happy. Joan was in top form. By the time the 1940s rolled around, Joan noticed she wasn't getting the plum roles which once came her way. There were new stars in town and the public wanted to see them. She left MGM and went to rival Warner Brothers Studio where she landed the role of a lifetime. In 1945, Joan landed the lead in "Mildred Pierce" (1945), a film depicting the rise of a housewife to a successful businesswoman. The film landed Joan her first and only Oscar for Best Actress. The following year she appeared with John Garfield in the well-received "Humoresque" (1946). In 1947, Joan landed the role of Louise Graham in "Possessed" (1947). Again she was nominated for a Best Actress from the Academy, but lost to Loretta Young in "The Farmer's Daughter" (1947). Joan Crawford Joan continued to pick and choose what good roles she wanted to appear in. 1952 saw Joan nominated for a third time for her role of Myra Hudson in "Sudden Fear" (1952). This time the coveted Oscar went to Shirley Booth in "Come Back, Little Sheba" (1952). Her career slowed down tremendously after that. Movie after movie saw her relegated to menial roles, with the possible exception of 1962's "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" (1962) with her arch-rival, Bette Davis, who she detested. By now the feud, between the two was well-known. No one is sure exactly how it started, but one time Miss Davis said of Joan, "She's slept with every male star at MGM except Lassie." In return Joan said, "I don't hate Bette Davis even though the press wants me to. I resent her. I don't see how she built a career out of a set of mannerisms, instead of real acting ability. Take away the pop eyes, the cigarette, and those funny clipped words and what have you got? She's phony, but I guess the public really likes that". Her adopted daughter, Christina, wrote a tell-all book that did not put Joan in a flattering light called, "Mommie Dearest". Needless to say Christine was cut out of the will. Her final appearance on the silver screen was a 1970 flop called "Trog" (1970). Turning to vodka, she was not seen much afterward. Joan died from a heart attack, while also ill with pancreatic cancer on May 10, 1977 in New York City. She was 72 years old. She is interred in the same mausoleum as her MGM cohort Judy Garland in Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York. TRIVIA: Measurements: 35-25-35 (as model 1930), 35-25 1/2-37 (precise studio stats, 1937) (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine) Height: 5' 5" (1.65 m) Spouse: Alfred Steele (14 January 1956 - 6 April 1959) (his death) Phillip Terry (21 July 1942 - 25 April 1946) (divorced) 1 child Franchot Tone (11 October 1935 - 11 April 1939) (divorced) Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (3 June 1929 - 12 May 1933) (divorced) James Welton (1923 - 1924) (divorced) Decided to adopt children after suffering a series of miscarriages with her husbands and being told by doctors that she would never be able to have a baby. Each time Crawford married, she changed the name of her Brentwood estate and installed all new toilet seats. She was so dedicated to her fans that she always personally responded to her fan mail by typing them responses on blue paper and autographing it. A great deal of her spare time and weekends were spent doing this. After her friend Steven Spielberg hit it big, Joan sent him periodic notes of congratulations. The last one came two weeks before her death. She taught director Steven Spielberg how to belch while filming their episode of "Night Gallery" (1970). Cartoonist Milton Caniff claimed he created the character of "Dragon Lady" for his popular "Terry and the Pirates" comic strip, based on Joan Crawford. She had a cleanliness obsession. She used to wash her hands every ten minutes and follow guests around her house wiping everything they touched, especially doorknobs and pieces from her china set. She would never smoke a cigarette unless she opened the pack herself, and would never use another cigarette out of that pack if someone else had touched it. Whenever she stayed in a hotel, no matter how good and well-reputed it was, Joan always scrubbed the bathroom herself before using it. After hearing that a plumber had used a toilet after installing it in her Brentwood home, she immediately had the fixture and pipes ripped out and replaced. Her cleanliness obsession lead her to prefer showers to tubs, as she abhorred sitting in her own bathwater. Drank excessively and smoked until she began practicing Christian Science, at which time she abruptly quit doing both. During her later years, Crawford was drinking up to a quart of vodka a day. Her final words before dying were quoted as being "Damn it . . . Don't you dare ask God to help me." which was said to her housekeeper, who had begun to pray aloud. Ethyl Corporation Ad - August 1945
  3. Donster

    Friday

    Good luck and log a win! Not a log in the porta-potty though! Save it until you get home with the Sunday paper.
  4. Yep. It's Saturday alright!
  5. Donster

    Saturday

    Morning all. 54F under clear skies. Partly cloudy. Winds out of the SE at 5-15 MPH. High of 77F.
  6. Frigidaire Ad - August 1943 1940: The Luftwaffe begins a new phase in its offensive by sending over a higher proportion of fighters to bombers, in an effort to keep losses down. The unofficial start of the Blitz on London begins with a lost formation of German bombers mistakenly dropping their bombs over the capital, damaging St. Giles and Cripplegate. 1940: The German battleship Bismarck is commissioned. *Loretta Young 1941: Russians counter-attack in the Gomel sector. Heavy Romanian losses around Odessa. 1941: Churchill broadcasts and warns Japan that its aggression must stop. 1941: The U.S. government declares the cosmetics industry nonessential, and the metal and plastic used for lipstick containers and compacts are earmarked for military use. Loretta Young 1942: The Russians launch a new offensive in Leningrad area. Stalin orders that the city of Stalingrad is to be held at all costs and sends Marshal Zhukov to supervise its defense. 1942: Battle joined in the Eastern Solomons with the Japanese trying to land reinforcements on Guadalcanal. US forces beat off the Japanese Combined Fleet sinking the carrier Ryujo, but suffering damage to the carrier Enterprise. Loretta Young 1943: A blanket of smoke covers Berlin to a height of 20,000ft. The first estimates put German dead at 5,860 after last night's raid. 1943: Himmler, becomes the Minister of the Interior. Florida Citrus Commision Ad - August 1944 1944: The Germans stage comeback in Paris, with fierce fighting reported. Bordeaux is evacuated by German troops who occupy fortified bunker positions on the Gironde west of the city. 1944: Malinovsky and Tolbuklin link up to encircle 20 divisions of the German 6th and 8th Army's in the area of Kishinevin in Romania. Loretta Young 1945: The Japanese news agency says that all Japanese troops are to be out of the U.S. landing area by tomorrow. Loretta Young *Loretta Young was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on January 6, 1913. Her parents separated when Loretta was three years old. Her mother moved Loretta and her two older sisters to Southern California, where Mrs. Young ran a boarding house. Mrs. Young's brother-in-law was an assistant director and got young Loretta a small role in the film "The Only Way" (1914). The role consisted of nothing more than a small, weeping child lying on an operating table. Later that year, she appeared in another small role in "The Primrose Ring" (1917). The film starred Mae Murray, who was so taken with little Loretta that she offered to adopt her. Loretta lived with the Murrays for about a year and a half. In 1921, she had a brief scene in "The Sheik" (1921). Loretta and her sisters attended parochial schools, after which they helped their mother run the boarding house. In 1927, Loretta returned to films in a small part in "Naughty But Nice" (1927). Even at the age of fourteen, she was an ambitious actress. Beginning with her role as Denise Laverne in "The Magnificent Flirt" (1928), she shaped any character she took on with total dedication. In 1928, she received second billing in "The Head Man" (1928) and continued to toil in many roles throughout the 20s and 30s, making anywhere from six to nine films a year. Her two sisters were also actresses but were not as successful as Loretta, whose natural beauty was her distinct advantage. By the mid-30's, Loretta left First National Studios for rival Fox, where she had previously worked on a loan-out basis. Loretta became one of the premiere leading ladies of Hollywood. In 1938, Loretta starred as Sally Goodwin in "Kentucky" (1938), an outstanding success. Her co-star Walter Brennan won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Peter Goodwin. By the 1940's, Loretta was still one of the most beautiful ladies in Hollywood. She reached the pinnacle of her career when she won the Academy Award for Best Actress in "The Farmer's Daughter" (1947), the tale of a farm girl who rises through the ranks and becomes a congresswoman. It was a smash and today is her best remembered film. The same year, she starred in the delightful fantasy "The Bishop's Wife" (1947) with David Niven and Cary Grant. It was another box office success and continues to be a TV staple during the holiday season. In 1949, Loretta starred in the well-received film, "Mother Is a Freshman" (1949) with Van Johnson and Rudy Vallee and "Come to the Stable" (1949). The latter garnered Loretta her second Oscar nomination, but she lost to Olivia de Havilland in "The Heiress" (1949). In 1953, Loretta made "It Happens Every Thursday" (1953), which was to be her final big screen role. Young hosted and starred in the well-received half hour anthology series "The Loretta Young Show". It ran from 1953 to 1961. Her trademark was to appear dramatically at the beginning in various high fashion evening gowns. She returned at the program's conclusion to offer a brief passage from the Bible, or a famous quote, that reflected upon the evening's story. (Young's introductions and conclusions to her television shows were not rerun on television because she legally stipulated that they not be; she did not want the dresses she wore in those segments to "date" the program.) Her program ran in prime time on NBC for eight years, the longest-running prime-time network program hosted by a woman up to that time. Loretta Young The program, which earned her three Emmys, was based on the premise that each drama was in answer to a question asked in her fan mail. The program's original title was "Letter to Loretta". The title was changed to "The Loretta Young Show" during the first season (as of the February 14, 1954 episode), and the "letter" concept was dropped at the end of the second season. At this time, Young's hospitalization, due to overwork towards the end of the second season, required that there be a number of guest hosts and guest stars; her first appearance in the 195556 season was for the Christmas show. From then on, Young appeared in only about half of each season's shows as an actress, and served as the program's host for the remainder. Minus Young's introductions and conclusions, the series was rerun as the "Loretta Young Theatre" in daytime by NBC from 1960 to 1964. It also appeared in syndication into the early 1970s, before being withdrawn. In the 1990s, selected episodes from Loretta's personal collection, with the opening and closing segments (and original title) intact, were released on home video, and frequently shown on cable television. In the 1962-1963 television season, Young appeared as Christine Massey, a free-lance magazine writer and mother of seven children, in CBS's "The New Loretta Young Show". It fared poorly in the ratings on Monday evenings against ABC's Ben Casey. It was dropped after twenty-six weeks. Dack Rambo, later a co-star of CBS's Dallas, appeared as one of her twin sons in the series. Young was married to actor Grant Withers from 1930 to 1931. After that she was involved in affairs with Spencer Tracy and Clark Gable and in 1935 had their child, a daughter. She married producer Tom Lewis in 1940 and they divorced very bitterly in the mid 1960s. Lewis died in 1988. They had two sons, Peter Lewis (of the legendary San Francisco rock band Moby Grape), and Christopher Lewis, a film director. She married fashion designer Jean Louis in 1993. Louis died in 1997. For the next 24 years, Loretta did not appear in any entertainment medium. Her final performance was in a made for TV film "Lady in the Corner" (1989) (TV). She lived a quiet retirement in Palm Springs, California until her death on August 12, 2000 from ovarian cancer at the home of her sister Georgiana and Georgiana's husband, Ricardo Montalban. Pullman Ad - August 1944
  7. Donster

    Friday

    Morning all. Clear skies and 56F. Mostly sunny. Winds out of the E at 5 to 10 MPH. High of 78F. No rain in the forecast until Monday.
  8. Johnson & Johnson Ad - August 1943 1939: Joseph Stalin and German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop sign a non-aggression pact between the Soviet Union and Germany, freeing Hitler to invade Poland and Stalin to invade Finland. 1942: Hitlers orders that Leningrad should finally be captured after a siege which has last a year. The Luftwaffe begins a 48 hours long air raid on Stalingrad, that involves over 4,000 sorties into the city. The city erupts into a sea of flames along its 40 km length as oil storage tanks pour their flaming contents into the Volga. Thousands of civilians perish in the flames. The 6th Army punches a hole in Soviet 62nd Army's defense's as the 14th Panzer Corps crosses the Don River at Vertyachiy and reaches the Volga at Rynok, north of Stalingrad. An 8 km wide gap is torn between Vertyachiy and Peskovatka that allows the 6th Army to reach Volga. Hoths 4th Panzer Army is held up by stiff Red Army resistance south of Stalingrad at Tinguta. The Germans make further progress on the Kuban peninsula on the Black Sea. A platoon of 1st Gebirgsjäger Division hoists the Swastika flag on the top of Mt. Elbrus, the highest peak in the Caucasus. This marks the 'high water' mark in the German attempts to secure the Black Sea coastline. Matters for Army Group A were not helped by the increased priority given to Army Group B in its fight for Stalingrad. *Joan Fontaine 1943: The heaviest raid to date on Berlin, when 727 RAF bombers drop more than 1,700 tons of bombs on the City. 1943: The Soviet Steppe Front, occupies Kharkov, while the 5th Guards Tank Army beats off the consequent German counter-attack. Joan Fontaine 1944: German SS engineers begin placing explosive charges around the Eiffel Tower in Paris. 1944: U.S. armor is now at Melun, 35 miles Southeast of Paris. U.S. and Free French forces meet outside Bordeaux. Joan Fontaine 1944: A Liberator bomber crashes in a storm on a school near Preston in England, killing 38 children and 22 adults. 1944: King Michael I of Romania dismisses Marshall Antonescu, his head of state and brings his country over to the Soviet side. Exide Battery Ad - August 1943 1944: U.S. destroyer and smaller naval vessels start a bombardment, repeated daily for 4 days, on Japanese installations and positions on Aguijan Island, Northern Mariana Islands. 1945: The Japanese in Burma say they are now ready to surrender having 'clarified the position'. Joan Fontaine 1945: The Japanese official casualty figures from air raids including A-bombs are 260,000 killed, 412,000 injured, 9.2 million homeless, along with 44 cities being completely wiped out. Joan Fontaine *Born Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland on October 22, 1917, in Tokyo, Japan, in what was known as the International Settlement. Her father was a British patent attorney with a lucrative practice in Japan, but due to Joan and older sister Olivia de Havilland's recurring ailments the family moved to California in the hopes of improving their health. Mrs. de Havilland and the two girls settled in Saratoga while their father went back to his practice in Japan. Joan's parents did not get along well and divorced soon afterward. Mrs. de Havilland had a desire to be an actress but her dreams were curtailed when she married, but now she hoped to pass on her dream to Olivia and Joan. While Olivia pursued a stage career, Joan went back to Tokyo, where she attended the American School. In 1934 she came back to California, where her sister was already making a name for herself on the stage. Joan likewise joined a theater group in San Jose and then Los Angeles to try her luck there. After moving to L.A., Joan adopted the name of Joan Burfield because she didn't want to infringe upon Olivia, who was using the family surname. She tested at MGM and gained a small role in "No More Ladies" (1935), but she was scarcely noticed and Joan was idle for a year and a half. During this time she roomed with Olivia, who was having much more success in films. In 1937, this time calling herself Joan Fontaine, she landed a better role as Trudy Olson in "You Can't Beat Love" (1937) and then an uncredited part in "Quality Street" (1937). Although the next two years saw her in better roles, she still yearned for something better. In 1940 she garnered her first Academy Award nomination for "Rebecca" (1940). Although she thought she should have won, (she lost out to Ginger Rogers in "Kitty Foyle: The Natural History of a Woman" (1940)), she was now an established member of the Hollywood set. She would again be Oscar-nominated for her role as Lina McLaidlaw Aysgarth in "Suspicion" (1941), and this time she won. Joan was making one film a year but choosing her roles well. In 1942 she starred in the well-received "This Above All" (1942). The following year she appeared in "The Constant Nymph" (1943). Once again she was nominated for the Oscar, she lost out to Jennifer Jones in "The Song of Bernadette" (1943). By now it was safe to say she was more famous than her older sister and more fine films followed. In 1948, she accepted second billing to Bing Crosby in "The Emperor Waltz" (1948). Joan took the year of 1949 off before coming back in 1950 with "September Affair" (1950) and "Born to Be Bad" (1950). In 1951 she starred in Paramount's "Darling, How Could You!" (1951), which turned out badly for both her and the studio and more weak productions followed. Absent from the big screen for a while, she took parts in television and dinner theaters. She also starred in many well-produced Broadway plays such as "Forty Carats" and "The Lion in Winter". Her last appearance on the big screen was "The Devil's Own" (1966) and her final appearance before the cameras was "Good King Wenceslas" (1994) (TV). She was, without a doubt, a lasting movie icon. On December 15, 2013, Fontaine died in her sleep of natural causes at the age of 96 in her Carmel Highlands home. Joan Fontaine TRIVIA: Height: 5' 3" (1.60 m) Worked tirelessly as a nurses' aide during WWII and made numerous appearances at the Hollywood Canteen in support of American troops. She became an American citizen on April 23, 1943. Took her stage name from her step-father, George Fontaine. She is a licensed pilot, champion balloonist, expert rider, prize-winning tuna fisherman, a hole-in-one golfer, Cordon Bleu chef and licensed interior decorator. Spouse: Alfred Wright, Jr. ...(27 January 1964 - 1969) (divorced) Collier Young ...(12 November 1952 - 3 January 1961) (divorced) William Dozier ...(2 May 1946 - 25 January 1951) (divorced) 1 child Brian Aherne ...(20 August 1939 - 14 June 1945) (divorced) Became pregnant twice in 1964, at the age of 46, but miscarried both times. Howard Hughes, who dated her sister Olivia de Havilland for awhile, proposed to Joan many times. Her autobiography No Bed of Roses was published in 1979. Ex-husband William Dozier thought a more appropriate title should have been No Shred of Truth. Wyeth Ad - August 1945
  9. Donster

    Thursday

    Morning all. 58F under clear skies with a Dew Point of only 58%. Finally the humidity has dropped to tolerable levels. Lower humidity and mostly sunny. Winds out of the N at 5-10 MPH. High of 78F. Finally was able to shut of the AC last night.
  10. Bell Telephone Ad - August 1944 1940: Churchill dispatches a heavily armed convoy with 150 tanks to reinforce the middle east. 1942: Brazil declares war on the Axis powers. She is the only South American country to send combat troops into Europe. *Greer Garson 1942: The Admiralty announces the loss of the famous submarine Upholder. (MORE INFO) 1942: The advance of 17th Army toward the Black Sea port of Suchumi west of the Caucasus bogs down. Greer Garson 1943: The Germans evacuate Kharkov. 1944: The Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm begins four days of attacks on the German Battleship Tirpitz and other shipping in the Alten Fjord, Norway. Greer Garson 1944: The Red Army captures Jassy on the Prut river in the southern Ukraine. 1945: U.S. War Office estimates that there are a quarter of a million POW's and civilian internees in Japanese hands at present. Greer Garson 1945: Soviet troops land at Port Arthur and Dairen on the Kwantung Peninsula in China. 1945: MacArthur says the surrender will be signed in the Tokyo area on the 31st August. Greer Garson *Eileen Evelyn Greer Garson was born in London, England, on September 29, 1904. Her childhood was a normal if not non-descript life. Greer showed no early signs of interest in becoming an actress. She was educated at the University of London with the intentions of becoming a teacher. Instead she opted to work with an advertising agency. During this time she appeared in local theatrical productions gaining a reputation as an extremely talented actress. She was discovered by Louis B. Mayer while he was on a visit to London looking for new talent. Greer was signed to a contract with MGM and appeared in her first American film in 1939. The movie in question was "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" (1939) which won rave reviews and garnered her a nomination as best actress, the first of six nominations. Already she was a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood. The following year would see Greer in the highly acclaimed "Pride and Prejudice" (1940) as Elizabeth Bennet. 1941 saw her get a second nomination for her role as Edna Gladney in "Blossoms in the Dust" (1941). Garson won her first Academy Award for "Mrs. Miniver" (1942), a role which she would forever be known by. As Marie Curie in "Madame Curie" (1943), she would get another nomination and the same the next year in "Mrs. Parkington" (1944). It seemed that any movie she was a part of would surely be a success. Sure enough, in 1945, she won, yet, another nomination for her role as Mary Rafferty in "The Valley of Decision" (1945). But through the 1940s she was constantly typecast in roles that didn't allow for a lot of creativity. MGM felt that the roles she played were sure winners and for the time being they were right, but that didn't make Garson feel any better about it. She would stay with MGM until 1954. In 1946, Greer appeared in "Adventure" (1945) which was a flop at the box-office. 1947's "Desire Me" (1947) was no less a disaster. Her downward spiral stopped in the hit "That Forsyte Woman" (1949). The next year she reprised her role as Kay Miniver in "The Miniver Story" (1950). Unfortunately it didn't fare too well. For the remainder of the 1950s she endured several less-than-appreciated films. Then 1960 found her cast in the role of Eleanor Roosevelt in "Sunrise at Campobello" (1960). This film was, perhaps, her finest work and landed her seventh Academy Award nomination. Her final appearances on the silver screen were in "The Singing Nun" (1966) as Mother Prioress and "The Happiest Millionaire" (1967). After a few TV movies Garson retired to the New Mexico ranch she shared with her husband, millionaire Buddy Fogelson. She concentrated on the environment and other various charities. By the 1980s she was suffering from chronic heart problems prompting her to slow down. Greer Garson died from heart failure in Dallas on 6 April 1996, at the age of 91. TRIVIA: Measurements: 36 B/C-25-38 Height: 5' 6" (1.68 m) Nickname: Duchess Garson was married three times. Her first marriage, on 28 September 1933, was to Edward Alec Abbot Snelson (19041992), later Sir Edward, a British civil servant who became a noted judge and expert in Indian and Pakistani affairs. The actual marriage reportedly lasted only a few weeks, but was not formally dissolved until 1943. Her second husband, whom she married (at age 39) in 1943, was Richard Ney (19162004), the younger actor (27 years old) who played her son in Mrs. Miniver. They divorced in 1947, with Garson claiming that Ney called her a "has-been" and belittled her age, as well as testimony from Garson that he also physically abused her. Ney eventually became a respected stock-market analyst and financial consultant. That same year, she married a millionaire Texas oilman and horse breeder, E. E. "Buddy" Fogelson (19001987), and in 1967, the couple retired to their "Forked Lightning Ranch" in New Mexico. They purchased the U.S. Hall of Fame champion Thoroughbred Ack Ack from the estate of Harry F. Guggenheim in 1971, and were highly successful as breeders. They also maintained a home in Dallas, Texas, where Garson funded the Greer Garson Theater facility at Southern Methodist University. War Advertising Council Ad - August 1945
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