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  1. Donster

    Sunday

    Morning all. 62F under clear skies with 100% humidity. Sunny and less humid. High of 85F.
  2. Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corp - July 1943 1940: The Luftwaffe carries out raids on Aberdeen in Scotland and Cardiff in Wales. 1941: Britain and Russia sign mutual assistance agreement in Moscow, pledging 'no separate peace'. *Ann Miller 1941: The last Vichy French troops in Syria surrender to British and Free French forces. 1942: Troops of Army Group North complete the reduction of the Volkhov pocket, taking 30,000 Soviet prisoners, including General Vlasov, CO of the Second Guards Army and later to become C-in-C of the anti-Bolshevik Russian Liberation Army. The STAVKA establishes the Stalingrad Front under Marshal Timoshenko, from the remnants of the South-West front. Ann Miller 1943: The greatest tank battle in history' takes place near Prokhorovka, as the Soviet Central, Bryansk and West Fronts begin a massive counter- offensive in the area of Orel, Bryansk and Kursk. At Krasnograd near Moscow, a group of captured German officers, including Field Marshal Paulus and General von Seydlitz, and exiled German communists form the 'National Committee for a Free Germany' that calls for the overthrow of Hitler and the cessation of hostilities against the Soviet Union. Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corp - July 1944 1944: The US VIII Corps slowly gains ground in its offensive towards St. Lo, against fierce resistance by units of the German 7th Army. Ann Miller 1945: Further allied landings are reported on Borneo. The Australians capture Maradi in the west of the island. Ann Miller *Miller was born Johnnie Lucille Ann Collier on April 12, 1923 in Chireno, Texas, the daughter of Clara Emma (née Birdwell) and John Alfred Collier, a criminal lawyer who represented the Barrow Gang, Machine Gun Kelly, and Baby Face Nelson, among others. Miller's maternal grandmother was Cherokee. Miller's father insisted on the name Johnnie because he had wanted a boy, but she was often called Annie. She took up dancing to exercise her legs to help her rickets. She was considered a child dance prodigy. At the age of 13 Miller had been hired as a dancer in the "Black Cat Club" in San Francisco (she had told them she was 18). It was there she was discovered by Lucille Ball and talent scout/comic Benny Rubin. And in 1937, RKO asked her to sign on as a contract player, but only if she could prove she was 18. Though she was really barely 14, she managed to get hold of a fake birth certificate, and so was signed on, playing dancers and ingénues in such films as "Stage Door" (1937), "You Can't Take It with You" (1938), "Room Service" (1938) and "Too Many Girls" (1940). In 1939 she appeared on Broadway in "George White's Scandals" and was a smash, staying on for two years. Eventually RKO released her from her contract, but Columbia Pictures snapped her up to appear in such WW II morale boosters as "True to the Army" (1942) and "Reveille with Beverly" (1943). When she decided to get married, Columbia released her from her contract. The marriage was sadly unhappy and she was divorced in two years. This time MGM picked her up, showcasing her in such films as "Easter Parade" (1948), "On the Town" (1949), and "Kiss Me Kate" (1953). In the mid-'50s she asked to leave to marry again, and her request was granted. This marriage didn't last long, either, nor did a third. Miller invented pantyhose in the 1940s as a solution to the problem of continual torn stockings during the filming of dance production numbers. The common practice had been to sew hosiery to briefs worn by Miller. If torn, the entire garment had to be removed and resewn with a new pair. At Miller's request, hosiery was manufactured for her as a single pantyhose. Miller was famed for her speed in tap dancing. Studio publicists concocted press releases claiming she could tap 500 times per minute, but in truth, the sound of ultra-fast "500" taps was looped in later. Because the stage floors were slick and slippery, she actually danced in shoes with rubber soles. Later she would loop the sound of the taps while watching the film and actually dancing on a "tap board" to match her steps in the film. Ann Miller She was known, especially later in her career, for her distinctive appearance, which reflected a studio-era ideal of glamor: massive black bouffant hair, heavy makeup with a slash of crimson lipstick, and fashions that emphasized her lithe figure and long dancer's legs. Her film career effectively ended in 1956 as the studio system lost steam to television, but she remained active in the theatre and on television. She starred on Broadway in the musical "Mame" in 1969, in which she wowed the audience in a tap number created just for her. In 1979 she astounded audiences in the Broadway show "Sugar Babies" with fellow MGM veteran Mickey Rooney, which toured the United States extensively after its Broadway run. In 1983 she won the Sarah Siddons Award for her work in Chicago theatre. She appeared in a special 1982 episode of "The Love Boat", joined by fellow showbiz legends Ethel Merman, Carol Channing, Della Reese, Van Johnson, and Cab Calloway in a storyline that cast them as older relatives of the show's regular characters. In 2001 she took her last role, playing Coco in auteur director David Lynch's critically acclaimed "Mulholland Drive". Her last stage performance was a 1998 production of "Stephen Sondheim's Follies", in which she played the hardboiled survivor Carlotta Campion and received rave reviews for her rendition of the anthemic "I'm Still Here". Miller also performed a guest appearance on the TV series "Home Improvement" as a dance instructor to Tim and Jill. For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Ann Miller has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6914 Hollywood Blvd. Miller was parodied on Saturday Night Live. She was played by Molly Shannon as a talk show host, with Debbie Reynolds (played by Cheri Oteri), on a show called Legs Up. She died in Los Angeles, California on January 22, 2004 at the age of 80 from cancer, which had metastasized to her lungs, and was interred in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California. TRIVIA: Measurements: 35-22-34 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine) Height: 5' 7" (1.70 m) Spouse: Arthur Cameron (25 May 1961 - 10 May 1962) (annulled) Bill Moss (22 August 1958 - 11 May 1961) (divorced) Reese Llewellyn Milner (16 February 1946 - 28 January 1948) (divorced) 1 child Claimed her difficulty maintaining relationships with men was due to her being an Egyptian queen in a past life and executing any men who displeased her. During an interview with Robert Osborne for Turner Classic Movies, Ann Miller said that when she was 9 months pregnant with Reese Milner's child, he got drunk one night, beat Ann up and threw her down a flight of stairs. Ann broke her back and had to give birth with a broken back. Had to audition for Easter Parade in a steel back brace after breaking her back. Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corp - July 1945
  3. Donster

    Saturday

    Morning all. 69F under clear skies with 97% humidity. Chance of thunderstorms this afternoon and this evening. High of 85F.
  4. Buick Ad - July 1944 1940: Lord Beaverbrook, Minister for Aircraft Production, says 'the sky is the limit' for plane purchases from US, with spending running at £2.5 million per day on aircraft. 1940: Marshal Petain replaces President Lebrun and proclaims himself 'Chief of French State' of the French Republic. 1940: Admiral Raeder, C-in-C of the German Navy expresses his reservations about any invasion of Britain. *Jennifer Jones 1941: Stalin replaces 3 major Soviet commanders appointing Voroshilov for the northern, Timoshenko for the central and Budjenny for the southern fronts. Armored units of Panzer Group 1 advance within 10 miles of Kiev. 1941: Vichy government rejects Syrian armistice terms but Dentz accepts. Jennifer Jones 1943: The attacking German forces at Kursk have been depleted by heavy losses in men and armor and have nearly spent their momentum, even though the 4th Panzer Army and Army Detachment Kempf in the southern sector have succeeded in capturing the pivotal town of Prokhorovka. To prevent further attrition, especially of the vital armored forces, Field Marshals von Kluge and von Manstein urge Hitler to call off the operation, but Hitler refuses. Shick Shaver Ad - July 1945 1943: 144 Allied transport planes fired on by US Navy ships in the Sicily invasion-reform of Army Air Force and Navy coordination results. Jennifer Jones 1944: The US VIII Corps continues its attacks from the Carentan area toward St. Lo, but is meeting with strong German resistance. 1944: The United States formally recognizes the provisional French government of General de Gaulle in London as the de facto government of France. 1944: The Red Army captures the remnants (35,000) of the encircled 4th Army. Jennifer Jones *One of the world's most underrated Academy Award-winning actresses, Jennifer Jones was born Phyllis Lee Isley on March 2nd, 1919 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. As a young aspiring actress she met and fell for young aspiring actor Robert Walker and they soon married, moving to Chicago in order to fufill their dreams of becoming movie stars. When their plans fell through, Phyllis began working as a model, sporting mainly hats, gloves and jewelry, as well as occasionally finding some work on local radio stations providing her voice to various characters in radio programs along with her husband. In a last-ditch attempt to pursue her dream, Phyllis traveled to the Selznick studios for a reading that would ultimately change her life. It was that day that she met David O. Selznick and after that particular audition her career began to take shape. Initially, Phyllis thought that the audition had went terribly and stormed out of the studios in tears, only to be chased by Selznick who assured her that she had been fine. Although she wasn't given that particular part, Phyllis was given a contract with Selznick studios, changing her name to Jennifer Jones, and was cast over thousands of other hopefuls in the role of Bernadette Soubirous in "The Song of Bernadette" (1943). For her innocent, sweet and moving portrayal of the sickly teenager who sees a vision of the Virgin Mary at Lourdes and devotes her life to her by becoming a nun and then ultimately dies of bone cancer, Jones won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role on March 2nd, 1944 - coincidentally her 25th birthday - beating out stiff competition such as Ingrid Bergman (who later became a close friend of hers), Greer Garson, Joan Fontaine and Jean Arthur. Now a Hollywood star, Jones' career was marked out and molded for her by Selznick, who would become the love of her life. They began an affair and eventually she left her husband and two sons for the producer that inevitably led Walker to his untimely death through alcohol and drug abuse, instigated due to their separation. As for her career, Jones took on the supporting role of Jane Hilton, a headstrong teenage girl who in the end grows up fast when her fiance is killed in action during WWII, in "Since You Went Away" (1944). For her performance Jones received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination, losing out to Ethel Barrymore for "None But the Lonely Heart" (1944). Jennifer continued to deliver strong performances, receiving further Best Actress Oscar nominations for "Love Letters" (1945) (she lost out to Joan Crawford for "Mildred Pierce" (1945)) and "Duel in the Sun" (1946), (she lost out to Olivia de Havilland for "To Each His Own" (1946)) which saw her cast against type as seductive half-breed Pearl Chavez. Throughout the remainder of the 1940s Jones continued to produce memorable performances, such as in "Portrait of Jennie" (1948), which carried her into the 1950s and saw her receive her fifth and final Oscar nomination for "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing" (1955), losing out to Anna Magnani for "The Rose Tattoo" (1955). However, despite her obvious success within the film industry Jones was a very private person and managed to stay out of the spotlight which dominated so many other actresses of the time. As a result Jones began to become less and less noticed, which increased further when Selznick died in 1965. Films roles began to appear less and less and after a moderately successful supporting performance in "The Towering Inferno" (1974) in which she danced with Fred Astaire before a fire threatened partygoers in a new San Francisco skyscraper who were celebrating its official opening as tallest building in the world. Her exit from the picture was also the most sympathetic when, after helping to assist two children to escape the disaster, her character fell 110 stories to her death from a scenic elevator on the outside of the building which was derailed following an explosion. Her touching performance earned her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Scenes from early on in the movie showed paintings lent to the production from the Norton Simon art gallery. Simon was her husband at the time the movie was produced. Jennifer Jones She did, however, try to revive her film career in later years by campaigning for the role of Aurora Greenway in "Terms of Endearment" (1983), but Shirley MacLaine was cast instead and as a result won the Best Actress Academy Award for her performance. Unfortunately now in the 21st Century and in her 90th year, Jennifer Jones is relatively unknown in comparison to the other actresses of her time such as Ingrid Bergman, Katharine Hepburn, Greer Garson, Bette Davis etc. But for those that are aware of her and her extraordinary talent she is alluring to watch and her acting abilities extend far greater than most of her contemporaries. Jones married Selznick on July 13, 1949, a union which lasted until his death on June 22, 1965. After his death, she semi-retired from acting. According to media reports, Jones attempted suicide in November 1967 after hearing of the death of close friend Charles Bickford. She was found unconscious at the base of a cliff overlooking Malibu Beach; she was hospitalized in a coma before eventually recovering. Her daughter, Mary Jennifer Selznick (1954-1976), committed suicide by jumping from a 20th-floor window in Los Angeles on May 11, 1976. This led to Jones's interest in mental health issues. On May 29, 1971, Jones married multi-millionaire industrialist, art collector and philanthropist Norton Simon, whose son Robert had committed suicide in 1969. Years before, Simon had attempted to buy the portrait of her used in the film Portrait of Jennie. Simon later met Jones at a party hosted by fellow industrialist and art collector Walter Annenberg. Norton Simon died in June 1993. Jennifer Jones-Simon was Trustee Emeritus of the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena. Jones was a breast cancer survivor. Actress Susan Strasberg, who would die of the disease in 1999, who was then married to actor Christopher Jones, named her own daughter Jennifer Robin Jones in the older actress's honor. Jones enjoyed a quiet retirement in Southern California close to her son. She granted no interviews and rarely appeared in public. She died of natural causes at her home on Thursday, December 17, 2009, aged 90. TRIVIA: Measurements: 33-24-34 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine) Height: 5' 7" (1.70 m) Mother of Robert Walker Jr. and Michael Walker. Both became actors. Dodge Ad - July 1945
  5. Donster

    Friday

    Morning all. 63F under clear skies with 97% humidity. Less humid today with a high of 85F.
  6. Cadillac Ad - July 1943 1940: Birthday Honours list includes only service recipients. British Union Party (Fascists) banned. 1940: Preliminary phase of Battle of Britain begins with German air attacks on Channel convoys with the aim of tempting the RAF in to battle. The Luftwaffe launches its first large scale attack on Britain as 70 aircraft attack the dock facilities at Swansea and the Royal Ordnance Factory at Pembrey in Wales. *Penny Singleton 1941: Panzer Group 1 repulses a violent Soviet counter-attack in the area of Korosten to the west of Kiev. 1941: The Finnish Karelian Army begins an offensive toward Lake Ladoga to the Northeast of Leningrad. 1941: Germans urge Japan to enter war. Penny Singleton 1942: General Carl Spaatz becomes the head of the U.S. Air Force in Europe. 1942: The first two ships of the ill-fated Arctic convoy PQI7, arrive at Archangel. Penny Singleton 1942: Germans admit substantial Russian forces are east of the Don. Panzer units of 4th Panzer Army and 6th Army of Army Group B join up just North of Kalach on the Don, while 17th Army and 1st Panzer Army of Army Group A continue their advance toward Rostov. 1942: Admiral Chester Nimitz is awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for meritorious service, with special attention focused on the battles of the Coral Sea and Midway. Cadillac Ad - July 1944 1943: Operation 'Husky', the Allied invasion of Sicily, is now fully underway with 12 divisions (160,000 men and 600 tanks) of the British Eighth and U.S. Seventh Armies being brought ashore by 3,000 landing craft (200 sunk by rough seas) on the south-east coast of Sicily. While the British approaching Syracuse meet with little German resistance, the U.S. forces are held back by strong counter-attacks of the Hermann Goring and the Italian Livorno Divisions. 1945: The USSR, U.K. and U.S. agree on the administration of greater Berlin and decide that France is to be included. Penny Singleton (Front & Center) 1945: U.S. carrier-based aircraft begin airstrikes against Japan in preparation for invasion. 1945: 1000 bomber raids against Japan begin. Penny Singleton *Born Marianna Dorothy Agnes Letitia McNulty on September 15, 1908 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and known as Dorothy McNulty, she was the daughter of an Irish-American newspaperman, Benny McNulty - from whom she received the nickname 'Penny' (because she was "as bright as a penny"). She began her show business career as a child by singing at a silent movie theater, and toured in vaudeville as part of an act called "The Kiddie Kabaret". She sang and danced with Milton Berle, whom she had known since childhood, and actor Gene Raymond, and appeared on Broadway in Jack Benny's Great Temptations. Singleton appeared as a nightclub singer in "After the Thin Man" (1936), and was credited at this time as Dorothy McNulty. She was cast opposite Arthur Lake (as Dagwood) in the feature film "Blondie" in 1938, based on the comic strip by Chic Young. They repeated their roles on a radio comedy beginning in 1939, and in guest appearances on other radio shows. As Dagwood and Blondie Bumstead, they proved so popular that a succession of 27 sequels were made from 1938 until 1950. The radio show ended the same year. Singleton's husband Robert Sparks produced 12 of these sequels. Singleton dyed her brunette hair blonde for the rest of her life. During the 12-year run of the Blondie series, Penny Singleton had little success in being hired for other roles because producers, directors and even audiences saw her as Blondie and nothing else. Penny, however, was a shrewd businesswoman. She created the concept of residuals the practice of paying actors for repeat broadcasts of their shows or movies and had a residuals clause written into her Blondie contract. Penny even coined the term residuals. Penny Singleton Once the Blondie craze reached the end of its run in the early 50's, she found herself out of work. She was known as an All-American housewife popular comic strip character and had received thousands of letters a year from women asking her advice on everything from budgeting to cooking. She had liked this aspect of being Blondie, but clearly she was anxious to broaden her horizons as an entertainer. Rather than becoming bitter and retreating as many other typecast actors have done, she got more energetic, saying: "When the show closes, get a new act" and went on tour with her own night club show. This eventually led to USO tours in Korea military bases. Penny Singleton took on an entirely new role in the 1960s when she was elected vice president of the American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA), a performers' union. Entertainment workers in those days of daily live performances were exploited by the theaters, and often put in seven-day weeks with no allowed sick days. Performers' pay was docked if they missed a performance, no matter what the reason. Penny Singleton was adamant that producers and club owners making a profit from variety artists' work be classified as employers, and pay social security and unemployment compensation, as well as contribute to pension plans -- something they had never done before. In New York, the union had been controlled by members of the organized crime families who stole the union's money and did nothing for the workers' welfare. Penny was determined to drive out the Mafia and she succeeded, but not without some personal danger. In the late 60's, after an intense two-month strike led by Ms. Singleton against the famous New York Latin Quarter nightclub, rather than agree to these terms, it closed down altogether. In 1967, she led the Rockettes in a successful strike against Radio City Music Hall and 1969, she was instrumental in starting the first AGVA branch office in Las Vegas. In the summer of 1970, she led the first ever strike against Disneyland. At that time, Disney was recruiting college students to do the work, giving college credit and housing for the summer in lieu of higher wages. When Penny Singleton was elected president of AGVA in 1969, she became the first woman to be president of an AFL-CIO union. She also toured in nightclubs and roadshows of plays and musicals. She became familiar to television audiences as the voice of Jane Jetson in the animated series "The Jetsons", which originally aired from 1962 until 1963, reprising the role for a syndicated revival from 1985 through 1988 and for assorted specials, records, and "Jetsons: The Movie" (1990). Singleton died on November 12, 2003 (aged 95) in Sherman Oaks, California following a stroke. TRIVIA: She was married to Dr. Laurence Scogga Singleton, a dentist, from 1937 until their divorce in 1939. She was married to Robert Sparks from 1941 until his death on July 22, 1963. Singleton had a daughter with each of her husbands. She was awarded 2 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Radio at 6811 Hollywood Boulevard and for Motion Pictures at 6547 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. Anheuser-Busch Ad - July 1945
  7. Donster

    Wednesday

    Lottie has been working from home since mid-March. Might be going back into work starting August 1st, but with the numbers on new virus numbers going up, that may not happen.
  8. Donster

    Thursday

    Morning all. 72F under partly cloudy skies with 97% humidity. Chance of severe thunderstorms this afternoon with a high of 85F.
  9. Florida Citrus Commission Ad - July 1943 1940: Commons passed War Credits of £1,000,000,000. Tea rationing of 2oz per head per week introduced in Britain. 1940: RAF begins night bombing of Germany. *Paulette Goddard 1940: The British submarine Salmon is lost south-west of Stavanger, Norway. The German raider Komet leaves Bergen in Norway for operations in the Pacific via the Northwest Passage in the Arctic Ocean assisted by Russian icebreakers. 1940: The British and Italian fleets make contact at Battle of Cape Spartivento. The British force includes 1 Aircraft Carrier and 3 Battleships, while the Italian squadron under Admiral Campioni consists of 2 Battleships, 6 heavy and 12 light cruisers. The Italians brake off contact after their flag ship Giulio Cesare is hit and damaged, although they still claim a naval victory. Paulette Goddard 1941: Panzer Group 3 defeats Russian blocking forces and capture Vitebsk. 1941: General Dentz sues for peace in the Middle East. Paulette Goddard 1942: Anne Frank and her family go into hiding in the attic above her father's office in an Amsterdam warehouse. 1942: Renewed German attacks against the British defenses at El Alamein bog down in the face of stubborn British resistance. Fisher Body Ad - July 1943 1943: Operation 'Husky' begins, with the US 82nd and the British 1st Airborne Divisions making the first landings on Sicily at night. However, due to navigational errors, hundreds of U.S. paratroopers are dropped in the sea and are drowned, while many others are widely scattered and miss their assigned targets. 1943: The Russians say that the German attack at Kursk has been held and claim that 2,000 tanks have been destroyed in four days. 1943: At least 12 die as a German hit and run bomber hits East Grinstead cinema during an afternoon performance. Paulette Goddard 1944: Units of the British Second Army enter Caen which has been reduced to a heap of rubble due to the preceding heavy aerial and artillery bombardments by the British. U.S. XIX Corps begins its push for St. Lo. (WATCH BRITISH NEWSREEL) 1944: A major Russian offensive begins towards Rezekne, to the East of Riga in order to cut off Army Group North in Baltic States. The 2nd Belorussian Front attacks northwest from Vitebsk, the 3rd Belorussian Front attacks West from Psovsk and the Leningrad Front attacks southwest toward Narva. Paulette Goddard 1944: All Japanese resistance in the Ukhrul area on India-Burma border crushed by the British. 1944: U.S. Marines defeat the Japanese on Saipan after a final Banzai charge. 27,000 Japanese and 3,116 Americans were killed on Saipan. (WATCH U.S. NEWSREEL) Paulette Goddard *Pauline Marion Goddard Levy was born in Whitestone Landing, New York, on 3 June 1910. She was a beautiful child who began to model for local department stores before she made her debut with Florenz Ziegfeld's Follies at the age of 13. For three years, she astounded audiences with her talent. She married Edgar James when she was 15, but the union was doomed to failure and was dissolved in 1930. By then, Paulette had begun to make her mark on Hollywood with a small bit appearance in the film "Berth Marks" (1929). Her age (19) didn't help her in getting better parts. She would continue in bit roles in films such as "The Girl Habit" (1931), "The Mouthpiece" (1932), and "Young Ironsides" (1932). For the next four years she searched for parts but came up empty-handed. It wasn't until 1936 that Paulette would again appear in a motion picture, in "Modern Times" (1936). Once again she found herself with a bit part. Finally, after ten years, she gained a decent part in "The Women" (1939), and Paulette thought that maybe her career was finally taking off. In her next film, she played Joyce Norman in "The Cat and the Canary" (1939), which was intended to be a send-off vehicle for Bob Hope. It not only did that, but it also established Paulette as a genuine star. Her performance won her a ten-year contract with Paramount Studios, which was one of the premier studios of the day. Her next feature film was with the great Fred Astaire in the acclaimed musical "Second Chorus" (1940). Later that year, she once again teamed up with Bob Hope for the film "The Ghost Breakers" (1940), and once again the movie was a huge hit. This was just the beginning because the 1940s was the decade that kept her busy and in the American moviegoing public's eyes. Motion pictures such as "The Great Dictator" (1940) with husband Charles Chaplin, "Pot o' Gold" (1941), and "The Lady Has Plans" (1942) were added to her already sparkling resume. Paulette Goddard In 1943, Paulette was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in the film "So Proudly We Hail!" (1943)! She didn't win, but it solidified her as a top draw. Although "Standing Room Only" (1944) with Fred MacMurray didn't bring in the crowds at the box office, the production is still remembered as a delightful comedy, a must-see for any film buff. Paulette reached the pinnacle of her career in Mitchell Leisen's "Kitty" (1945). The film was a hit with moviegoers, as Paulette played an ordinary English woman transformed into a duchess. The film was filled with plenty of comedy, dramatic and romantic scenes that appealed to virtually everyone. As Abby Hale in "Unconquered" (1947), Paulette once more found herself with a profit-making flick. This Cecil B. DeMille film paired her with Gary Cooper in an 18th century romantic drama. The critics weren't too keen on it, but the public could not have cared less. They loved this long-running (146 minutes) movie. The 1950s were not too good for Paulette's career, as she appeared in only six feature films, the last being "Charge of the Lancers" (1954). She would not be seen again on the silver screen until in "Gli indifferenti" (1964). Her career was just about finished, although she did appear in a made-for-TV film called "The Snoop Sisters" (1972) (TV) as Norma Treet. That one was forgettable, and Paulette retired from the film world for good. On 23 April 1990, she died of massive heart failure in Ronco, Switzerland, at the age of 79. TRIVIA: Measurements: 34-24 1/2-34 (measured in January 1941) (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine). Height: 5' 4" (1.63 m) Spouse: Erich Maria Remarque (25 February 1958 - 25 September 1970) (his death) Burgess Meredith (21 May 1944 - 8 June 1949) (divorced) Charles Chaplin (June 1936 - June 1942) (divorced) Edgar James (1927 - 1931) (divorced) Was the leading contender for the role of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939). Her inability to produce a marriage certificate to prove she and Charles Chaplin were married, and the appearance of Vivien Leigh on the scene, lost her the part. She suffered a miscarriage in October 1944 while married to Burgess Meredith. Had no siblings and no children. Goddard never had any children, but she became a stepmother to Charles Chaplin's two sons, Charles Chaplin Jr. and Sydney Chaplin, while she and Charlie were married. In his memoirs, "My Father Charlie Chaplin," from 1960, Charles Jr. describes her as a lovely, caring and intelligent woman throughout the book. Sources variously cite her year of birth as 1911 and 1914, and the place as Whitestone Landing, New York, USA. However, municipal employees in Ronco, Switzerland, where she died, gave her birth year of record as 1905. Pontiac Ad - July 1945
  10. Donster

    Wednesday

    Morning all. 71F under clear skies with 96% humidity. Very hot and humid today with a high of 95F and a heat index over 100F.
  11. Alcoa Aluminum Ad - July 1943 1940: British Metropolitan Police to be armed when guarding vulnerable positions. 1940: The Swedish government agrees to transport German war material across Sweden to Norway. 1940: Swordfish aircraft damage the French battleship Richelieu at Dakar after the French reject demilitarization proposals. *Gene Tierney 1941: Soviet military mission arrives in London. 1941: 20 B-17s fly in their first mission with the Royal Air Force over Wilhelmshaven, Germany. Gene Tierney 1941: Litvinov Broadcasts in English from Moscow saying that the UK and Russia must strike at Germany together. Panzer Group 4 of Army Group North captures Pskov and advances toward Novgorod and Leningrad. 1941: Germany and Italy announce the dissolution of the state of Yugoslavia, with large portions annexed to Italy. Gene Tierney 1942: The 4th Panzer Army at Voronezh begins an offensive southeast along the west bank of the Don, with the aim of meeting up with 6th Army which is advancing East toward the Don from Kharkov. The objective is to establish bridgeheads across the river in the Kalach area and then continue on to Stalingrad. However, heavy rain and lack of fuel slowed the advance, allowing the Russians time to withdraw their armies intact. Army Group A's, 1st Panzer Army crosses the Donet's river. 1942: Axis bombers carry out raids on the harbor facilities at Valetta in Malta. 1942: British forces in North Afrika devise a new method of destroying the enemy's water supply. They put fish oil into the wells that are to fall into German hands, making the water undrinkable. Pennzoil Ad - July 1944 1943: As the battle of Kursk reaches its climax, the exhausted German forces are unable to make any further gains while losing vast numbers of men, tanks and planes. Soviet claims for the day are 304 tanks and 161 aircraft, while the Germans claim 400 tanks and 193 aircraft. 1943: American B-24 bombers strike Japanese-held Wake Island for the first time. Gene Tierney 1944: The British Second Army begins a major offensive 'Operation Charnwood' aimed at capturing Caen. 1944: The Russians capture Baranovichi, 80 miles South West of Minsk. Lieutenant General Müller, the commander of German 12th Corps surrenders with 57,000 men. Street fighting is reported as the Russians enter Vilna. Army Group Centre's losses have now reached 300,000 men (28 divisions) in less than three weeks. Gene Tierney 1944: The Japanese Fifteenth Army is ordered to retreat to the Chindwin after losing 53,000 men and 17,000 horses since the 7th March. 1944: The U.S. Navy shells Guam in the Pacific. Gene Tierney *Gene Eliza Tierney was born in Brooklyn, New York, on November 19, 1920, to well-to-do parents. Her father was a very successful insurance broker and her mother was a former teacher. Her childhood was lavish indeed. She also lived, at times, with her equally successful grandparents in Connecticut and New York. She was educated in the finest schools on the East Coast and at a finishing school in Switzerland. After two years in Europe, Gene returned to the US where she completed her education. By 1938 she was performing on Broadway in "What a Life!" and understudied for "The Primerose Path" (1938) at the same time. Her wealthy father set up a corporation that was only to promote her theatrical pursuits. Her first role consisted of carrying a bucket of water across the stage, prompting one critic to announce that "Miss Tierney is, without a doubt, the most beautiful water carrier I have ever seen!" Her subsequent roles "Mrs O`Brian Entertains" (1939) and "RingTwo" (1939) were meatier and received praise from the tough New York critics. Critic Richard Watts wrote "I see no reason why Miss Tierney should not have a long and interesting theatrical career, that is if the cinema does not kidnap her away". After being spotted by the legendary Darryl F. Zanuck during a stage performance of the hit show "The Male Animal" (1940), Gene was signed to a contract with 20th Century-Fox. Her first role as Barbara Hall in "Hudson`s Bay" (1941) would be the send-off vehicle for her career. Later that year she appeared in "The Return of Frank James" (1940). The next year would prove to be a very busy one for Gene, as she appeared in "The Shanghai Gesture" (1941), "Sundown" (1941), "Tobacco Road" (1941) and "Belle Starr" (1941). She tried her hand at screwball comedy in "Rings on Her Fingers" (1942), which was a great success. Her performances in each of these productions were masterful. In 1945 she was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of Ellen Brent in "Leave Her to Heaven" (1945). Though she didn't win, it solidified her position in Hollywood society. She followed up with another great performance as Isabel Bradley in the hit "The Razor`s Edge" (1946). In 1944 she played what is probably her best-known role (and, most critics agree, her most outstanding performance) in Otto Preminger`s "Laura" (1944), in which she played murder victim named Laura Hunt. In 1947 Gene played Lucy Muir in the acclaimed "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" (1947). By this time Gene was the hottest player around, and the 1950s saw no letup as she appeared in a number of good films, among them "Night and the City" (1950), "The Mating Season" (1951), "Close to My Heart" (1951), "Plymouth Adventure" (1952), "Personal Affair" (1953) and "The Left Hand of God" (1955). The latter was to be her last performance for seven years. The pressures of a failed marriage to Oleg Cassini, the birth of a daughter who was mentally retarded in 1943, and several unhappy love affairs resulted in Gene being hospitalized for depression. When she returned to the the screen in "Advise & Consent" (1962), her acting was as good as ever but there was no longer a big demand for her services. Her last feature film was "The Pleasure Seekers" (1964), and her final appearance in the film industry was in a TV miniseries, "Scruples" (1980). Gene died of emphysema in Houston, Texas, on November 6, 1991, just two weeks shy of her 71st birthday. TRIVIA: Measurements: 35B-25-36 Height: 5' 7" (1.70 m) Nickname: The Get Girl Howard Hughes provided the funds for her retarded daughter's medical care. Had her share of love affairs during her Hollywood reign, including a notorious one with John F. Kennedy, whom she met while filming Dragonwyck (1946). Kennedy broke it up because of his political aspirations. She also had dalliances with Tyrone Power during production of The Razor's Edge (1946) and with Prince Aly Khan in the early 1950s. Received extensive shock treatment in the 1950s while battling her mental instability. Tierney was in the throes of suicidal depression and was admitted to the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas, on Christmas Day in 1957, after police talked her down from a building ledge. She was released from Menningers the following year. When Gene saw herself on screen for the first time, she was horrified by her voice ("I sounded like an angry Minnie Mouse"). She began smoking to lower her voice, but it came at a great price - she died of emphysema. U.S. Treasury Ad - July 1944
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    Tuesday

    Morning all. 71F under clear skies with 97% humidity. Hot and humid. High of 92F.
  13. Chrysler Corporation Ad - July 1945 1940: A French naval squadron that has sought refuge at Alexandria is disarmed and interned by the British Navy. 1940: Italy allows French Mediterranean bases to remain armed. *Anne Gwynne - YANK Pinup Girl - June 11, 1944 1941: Under the pretext of defending the western hemisphere against Axis incursions, the U.S. 1st Marine Brigade is landed in Iceland to relieve the British garrison that has been there since the previous year. 1942: Operation 'Rutter' is again delayed. The date for the attack is now postponed until the 19th August. However, General Montgomery calls for the attack to be cancelled because too many people know about it, but General Paget and Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten and General Paget insist the attack should be mounted. Anne Gwynne 1942: Two pro-German spies, Jose Key and Alphons Timmerman are hanged at Wandsworth prison. 1942: 4th Panzer Army enter Voronezh, 150 miles to the east of Kursk. Army Group A begins its offensive in to the Donets Basin. The STAVKA (Red Army High Command) creates the Voronezh Front under General Rokossovsky and is to cover the widening gap between the Bryansk and South-West Fronts. Anne Gwynne 1942: Himmler grants permission for sterilization experiments at Auschwitz. 1942: China makes a plea for the allied forces to make the Pacific rather than Europe the focus of action. The Chinese cite that they have been under attack by the Japanese since 1936, long before the European nations went to war. Champion Spark Plug Ad - July 1945 1943: Off the coast of Brazil, U-185 (Kptlt. Maus) sinks 3 merchant ships. 1943: Adolf Hitler makes the V-2 missile program a top priority in armament planning. Anne Gwynne 1943: The German forces engaged at Kursk are still unable to achieve a major breakthrough in the face of stiffening Soviet resistance, which is reinforced by the arrival of strong tank and infantry reserves. Lt. Hartmann of II/JG 52, downs 7 Soviet aircraft near Kursk, bringing his total since the start of the offensive to 22. 1943: China enters the seventh year of 'The Double Seven War', which started on 7/7/1936. Anne Gwynne 1944: 450 heavy RAF bombers carry out a saturation raid (2,300 tons) on the German defenses in and around Caen. 1,129 USAAF bombers attack aircraft factories and oil plants in the Leipzig area. 1944: Attacks by the US Seventh Army in the Carentan area of the Cotentin peninsula are blunted by violent German counter-attacks. 1944: Vice-Admiral Nagumo and General Saito, commit suicide as the Japanese position on Saipan deteriorates. 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 Marguerite Gwynne Trice 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.. Though she seldom rose above the second-string ranks, she was quite popular with the servicemen as a WWII pin-up. Gwynne was a welcome presence in Universal's "B" product, appearing in many of the studio's horror films (The Black Cat, The Strange Case of Dr. Rx, Weird Woman, House of Frankenstein et. al.). She also played the villainous Sonja in the 1940 serial "Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe" and appeared with Abbott and Costello in "Ride 'Em Cowboy" (1941). Free-lancing after Universal cut her loose in 1945, Gwynne played Tess Trueheart in RKO's "Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome" (1947). She left films briefly in the mid-1950s, making an undistinguished comeback in "Teenage Monster" (1958), as the mother of the title character. Anne Gwynne Gwynne was a television pioneer, appearing in TV's first filmed series, "Public Prosecutor" (1947-48), 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. 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. 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 following surgery at the Motion Picture Country Hospital. TRIVIA: Height - 5' 5" 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". Western Electric Ad - July 1945
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    Monday

    Morning all. 70F under clear skies with 100% humidity. Staying hot and humid today. Slight chance of an isolated thunderstorm. High of 90F.
  15. Electric Boat Company Ad - July 1943 1940: After spending 8 weeks in the west supervising the German offensive, a triumphant Hitler returns to Berlin and is cheered wildly by the population of Berlin. 1940: German aircraft and minesweepers sink 4 British submarines, Narwhal, Spearfish, Shark and Thames. The first German U-boat base in France is opened at Lorient. *Rochelle Hudson 1941: Army Group North continues its advance, reaching a line from Lake Peipus through Reval to Parun, North of the Gulf of Riga. 1941: Axis aircraft bomb Tobruk and Sidi Barrani. Rochelle Hudson 1942: U-132 (Kptlt. Vogelsang) enters the Gulf of St. Lawrence on the Canadian East coast and sinks 3 merchant ships. 1942: Despite continuous attacks by the British Eighth Army, Panzer Army Afrika manages to hold on to its positions before El Alamein. Rochelle Hudson 1943: The battle of Kursk continues with unabated ferocity, with the northern pincer of 9th Army is struggling to make any significant progress, the southern pincer of 4th Panzer Army advances some 12 miles. Nash Kelvinator Ad - July 1944 1944: Churchill makes a statement about the 'Doodlebugs' and say that 2,754 have been launched, causing 2,752 dead and 8,000 injured so far. 1944: The Soviet 1st Belorussian Front recaptures Kovel to the southeast of Brest-Litovsk. Rochelle Hudson 1944: The British Eighth Army captures Osimo 20 miles South of Ancona. 1945: Operation Overcast begins in Europe--moving Austrian and German scientists and their equipment to the United States. 1945: Norway declares war on Japan. More than 800 Norwegians are in Japanese POW camps. 1945: B-29 Superfortress bombers attack Honshu, Japan, using new fire-bombing techniques. Rochelle Hudson *Rochelle Hudson was born Rochelle Elizabeth Hudson on March 6, 1916 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She was an American film actress from the 1930s through the 1960s. Hudson was a WAMPAS Baby Star in 1931. The actress may be best remembered today for costarring in "Wild Boys of the Road" (1933), playing Cosette in "Les Misérables" (1935), playing Mary Blair, the older sister of Shirley Temple's character in "Curly Top", and for playing Natalie Wood's mother in "Rebel Without a Cause" (1955). During her peak years in the 1930s, notable roles for Hudson included: Richard Cromwell's love interest in the Will Rogers showcase "Life Begins at 40" (1935), the daughter of carnival barker W.C. Fields in "Poppy" (1936), Claudette Colbert's adult daughter in "Imitation of Life" (1934). She also played Sally Glynn, the fallen ingenue to whom Mae West imparts the immortal wisdom, "When a girl goes wrong, men go right after her!" in the 1933 Paramount film, "She Done Him Wrong". Rochelle Hudson Hudson was married four times. Her first husband was Charles Brust. Little is known of the marriage other than it ended in divorce. She remarried in 1939 to Harold Thompson, who was the head of the Storyline Department at Disney Studios. She assisted Thompson, who was doing espionage work in Mexico as a civilian during World War II. They posed as a vacationing couple to various parts of Mexico, to detect if there was any German activity in these areas. One of their more successful vacations uncovered a supply of high test aviation gas hidden by German agents in Baja California. After their divorce in 1947, she married a third time the following year to Los Angeles Times sportswriter, Dick Irving Hyland. The marriage lasted two years before the couple divorced. Her final marriage was to Robert Mindell, a hotel executive. The couple remained together for eight years before divorcing in 1971. She was actually born in 1916, but the studio made her two years older for her to play a wider variety of roles, including romantic roles, so they reportedly "made her older". Hudson died of pneumonia brought on by a liver ailment on January 17, 1972 (aged 55). Packard Ad - July 1945
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    Sunday

    Morning all. 72F under clear skies with 93% humidity. Heat and humidity continue, pop-up storms possible. High of 90F.
  17. Allison Aircraft Engines - July 1942 1940: President Roosevelt lays down 'five fundamentals of freedom': freedom from fear, of information, of religion, of expression, and from want. 1940: The RAF carries out night raids on Kiel and Wilhelmshaven. *Maureen O'Hara 1940: The British destroyer Whirlwind is sunk by U-34 off Land's End. 1940: Romania announces its alignment with the Axis powers. 1940: In retaliation for the British action at Mers-el-Kebir, Vichy French warships based at Dakar capture 3 British merchant ships, while French aircraft stationed in Morocco attack British shipping off Gibraltar. Maureen O'Hara 1941: Foreign Secretary Eden categorically rules out possibility of negotiating with Hitler. 1941: The RAF carries out night raids on Münster and Bielefeld. Maureen O'Hara 1941: Units of German 6th Army break through the Stalin Line East of Lvov, while Panzer Group 1 continues its advance toward Zhitomir and Berdichev in the Ukraine. 1941: General Wavell is relieved of his command as C-in-C of the Middle East, by General Sir Claude Auchinleck. Maureen O'Hara 1942: Advanced units of 4th Panzer Army reach the Don north and south of Voronezh, which causes the Russians to begin its evacuation. 1942: Upon learning that the covering force for PQ-17 had fled and the convoy had scattered. Admiral Raeder secured Hitlers approval to use the German surface force, although caution was to be exercised in order not to risk the sinking or damage of the Battleship Tirpitz, pocket battleship Admiral Scheer or heavy cruiser Hipper. Escorted by 7 destroyers and 2 E-boats, the 3 big German ships sailed from Altenfiord at 3pm. As the force left moved in to open seas, the soviet submarine K-21 saw and attacked the Tirpitz, but its torpedos missed. An hour later an RAF Coastal Command Catalina reported the force as at sea and a further two hours later HMS Unshaken, radioed in a sighting and an exact description of the force. Hearing of these allied sightings through allied intelligence, Admiral Raeder became nervous and cancelled the sortie, ordering the surface fleet to return to port leaving the Luftwaffe and U-boats to finish off PQ-17. 1942: Axis troops start laying minefields in front of their positions at El Alamein. Winchester Repeating Arms Co. Ad - July 1943 1943: The Germans launch operation 'Citadel', their last major offensive on Russian Front on a 200-mile front, with the 9th Army attacking from the North and 4th Panzer Army attacking from the South. The Germans have deployed 37 divisions totaling 900,000 men, which include 11 Panzer divisions with 2,500 tanks and assault guns, 10,000 guns and Nebelwerfers, as well as 1,800 aircraft. Against this, the Red Army has 1,300,000 troops in deeply echeloned defensive positions, protected by 8,000 land mines per square mile, 3,300 tanks, 20,000 guns and 2,500 aircraft. Taken together, the opposing forces in this operation constitute the largest concentration of military power ever assembled in history. In the northern sector, the Germans advance 6 miles, while in the southern sector they manage 25 miles against stubborn Soviet resistance which inflicts heavy casualties. 1943: A Naval battle erupts in Kula Gulf, North of New Georgia. The US Navy loses the cruiser Helena, but claims eight or nine Japanese ships have been sunk. Maureen O'Hara 1944: German U-boats begin operations off the Normandy coast, sinking 4 small allied warships and damaging the British cruiser Dragon. 1945: SHAEF says of the 5.8m displaced persons (found in the Anglo-American Zone, 3.26m have been repatriated and 2.53m, mostly Eastern Europeans) still remain in repatriation camps. 1945: MacArthur announces the liberation of the whole of the Philippines, although sporadic fighting continues until after the Japanese surrender. U.S. losses total 11,921 dead and 42,970 injured or captured. 1945: The Australian Prime Minister, John Curtin, dies. Maureen O'Hara *In America, the early performing arts accomplishments of young Maureen FitzSimons (who we know as Maureen O'Hara) would definitely have put her in the child prodigy category. However, for a child of Irish heritage surrounded by gifted parents and family, these were very natural traits. Maureen made her entrance into this caring haven on August 17, 1920, in Ranelagh (a suburb of Dublin), Ireland. Her mother, Marguerita Lilburn FitzSimons, was an accomplished contralto. Her father, Charles FitzSimons, managed a business in Dublin and also owned part of the renowned Irish soccer team "The Shamrock Rovers". Maureen was the second of six FitzSimons children - Peggy, Florrie, Charles B. Fitzsimons, Margot Fitzsimons and James O'Hara completed this beautiful family. Maureen loved playing rough athletic games as a child and excelled in sports. She combined this interest with an equally natural gift for performing. This was demonstrated by her winning pretty much every Feis award for drama and theatrical performing her country offered. By age 14 she was accepted to the prestigious Abbey Theater and pursued her dream of classical theater and operatic singing. This course was to be altered, however, when Charles Laughton, after seeing a screen test of Maureen, became mesmerized by her hauntingly beautiful eyes. Before casting her to star in "Jamaica Inn" (1939), Laughton and his partner, Erich Pommer, changed her name from Maureen FitzSimons to "Maureen O'Hara" - a bit shorter last name for the marquee. Under contract to Laughton, Maureen's next picture was to be filmed in America "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1939) at RKO Pictures. The epic film was an extraordinary success and Maureen's contract was eventually bought from Laughton by RKO. At 19, Maureen had already starred in two major motion pictures with Laughton. Unlike most stars of her era, she started at the top, and remained there - with her skills and talents only getting better and better with the passing years. Maureen has an enviable string of all-time classics to her credit that include the aforementioned "The Hunchback of Notre Dame", "How Green Was My Valley" (1941), "Miracle on 34th Street" (1947), "Sitting Pretty" (1948), "The Quiet Man" (1952), "The Parent Trap" (1961) and "McLintock!" (1963). Add to this the distinction of being voted one of the five most beautiful women in the world and you have a film star who was as gorgeous as she was talented. Although at times early in her career Hollywood didn't seem to notice, there was much more to Maureen O'Hara than her dynamic beauty. She not only had a wonderful lyric soprano voice, but she could use her inherent athletic ability to perform physical feats that most actresses couldn't begin to attempt, from fencing to fisticuffs. She was a natural athlete. In her career Maureen starred with some of Hollywood's most dashing leading men, including Tyrone Power, John Payne, Rex Harrison, James Stewart, Henry Fonda, Brian Keith, Sir Alec Guinness and, of course, her famed pairings with "The Duke" himself, John Wayne. She starred in five films with Wayne, the most beloved being "The Quiet Man" (1952). Maureen O'Hara In addition to famed director John Ford, Maureen was also fortunate to have worked for some other great directors in the business: Alfred Hitchcock, William Dieterle, Henry Hathaway, Henry King, Jean Renoir, John M. Stahl, William A. Wellman, Frank Borzage, Walter Lang, George Seaton, George Sherman, Carol Reed, Delmer Daves, David Swift, Andrew V. McLaglen and Chris Columbus. In 1968 Maureen found much deserved personal happiness when she married Charles Blair. Gen. Blair was a famous aviator whom she had known as a friend of her family for many years. A new career began for Maureen, that of a full-time wife. Her marriage to Blair, however, was again far from typical. Blair was the real-life version of what John Wayne had been on the screen. He had been a Brigadier General in the Air Force, a Senior Pilot with Pan American, and held many incredible record-breaking aeronautic achievements. Maureen happily retired from films in 1973 after making the TV movie "The Red Pony" (1973) (TV) (which won the prestigious Peabody Award for Excellence) with Henry Fonda. With Blair, Maureen managed Antilles Airboats, a commuter sea plane service in the Caribbean. She not only made trips around the world with her pilot husband, but owned and published a magazine, "The Virgin Islander", writing a monthly column called "Maureen O'Hara Says". Tragically, Charles Blair died in a plane crash in 1978. Though completely devastated, Maureen pulled herself together and, with memories of ten of the happiest years of her life, continued on. She was elected President and CEO of Antilles Airboats, which brought her the distinction of being the first woman president of a scheduled airline in the United States. On 24 October 2015, Maureen O'Hara died in her sleep at her home in Boise, Idaho from natural causes. She was 95 years old. O'Hara was buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia next to her late husband Charles Blair. Martin Aircraft Ad - July 1944
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    Saturday

    Morning all. 70F under clear skies with 100% humidity. High today will be around 87F and it’ll be fairly humid with dew points in the upper 60s, and heat index of 95F.
  19. Royal Crown Cola Ad - July 1943 1940: In the House of Commons, prime minister Churchill declares,' I leave the judgment of our actions with confidence to Parliament. I leave it to the nation and I leave it to the United States. I leave it to the world and to history.' 1940: German Stukas and MTBs attack a British convoy South of Portland, sinking 5 merchant ships. Ava Gardner 1940: In direct response to the devastating British attack on the French fleet at Mers-el-Kebir, the Vichy French government of Marshal Petain breaks off diplomatic relations with Britain. 1940: Italian bombers raid Malta. Cleo Moore 1940: Italian bombers raid Alexandria. Italian forces attack from Abyssinia and Eritrea and capture the British outposts of Kassala and Gallabat on the Sudanese border. 1941: In and Independence Day broadcast, Roosevelt warns the American public that the USA 'will never survive as a happy and prosperous oasis in the middle of a desert of dictatorship'. Gloria Grahame 1941: British Communist Party officially drops peace campaign and backs the war. 1941: Units of Army Group Centre capture Ostrov. Ann Rutherford 1942: Bad weather delays operation 'Rutter', which is now scheduled for the 7th July. Cyd Charisse 1942: Convoy PQ-17, now reinforced with the 7 warships of the cruiser force which had come up during the night, comes under heavy attack from Luftwaffe dive-bombers and torpedo planes during the morning. An American merchant (7,200 tons) was badly hit by a torpedo and had to be abandoned, although U-457 found and sank it. U-457, also incorrectly reported that it had seen a battleship with the convoys escorts. Because of this report, Admiral Raeder believed that the British distant covering force, which included an aircraft-carrier had arrived to help the convoy. He therefore refused permission for the German battleship Tirpitz, pocket battleship Admiral Scheer, heavy cruiser Hipper, 7 destroyers and 2 E-boats to put to sea until the British aircraft-carrier had been sunk. In the afternoon, larger numbers of Luftwaffe planes attacked convoy PQ-17 twice, severely damaging 3 merchants, two of which later sank. Later that day, the British First Sea Lord Dudley Pound, thought that the German surface force had sailed to attack the PQ-17 and would in all probability wipe out the convoy along with the covering cruiser force. He therefore made the catastrophic decision to withdraw the cruiser force and "scatter" PQ-17 in the hope that this might save most of the convoy. Almost immediately, the U-boats benefited, with U-703 sinking 2 merchants for 12,100 tons, U-88 sank 2 merchants for 12,300 tons, U-334 sank 1 merchant for 7,200 tons and U-456 sank a merchant for 7,000 tons. On the downside the Luftwaffe, having difficulty in spotting friend from foe, damaged U-334 and U-456 forcing them to return to Norway for repairs. Susan Hayward & Virginia Dale 1942: For the first time, 6 Douglas A-20/Boston bombers of the USAAF's 15th Bombardment Squadron were combined with 6 Douglas A-20/Boston bombers from the RAF's 226 Squadron for raids on German airfields in Holland. 2 USSAF and 1 RAF aircraft failed to return. 1942: The Germans claim to have pushed the Russians back across the Don along a broad front. Ava Gardner 1943: General Sikorski and several other Polish leaders of the London-based anti-Communist Polish government-in-exile, die in plane crash just after take-off from Gibraltar, which some suspect is the result of deliberate sabotage. Phyllis Coates 1944: The general strike in Copenhagen ends with the Germans withdrawing the curfew to avoid further popular risings in Denmark. 1944: In Normandy, one U.S. division gains only 200yds and six German prisoners for nearly 1,400 casualties. Nanette Parks 1944: The Soviet 1st Baltic Front begins an offensive toward Riga, capturing Polotsk and threatening to isolate Army Group North during its fighting retreat from Estonia. Dorothy Arnold 1945: The British 7th Armoured Division, 'The Desert Rats' enters Berlin to establish the British sector. The Prudential Insurance Ad - July 1944
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    Friday

    Morning all. 69F under clear skies with 93% humidity. Hot and humid with a high of 88F and a heat index of 95F.
  21. Bell Telephone Ad - July 1944 1940: 59 French warships that had sought refuge at Plymouth and Portsmouth are seized by the Royal Navy, but only after overcoming armed French resistance in some cases. The British Auxiliary AA ship Foyle Bank is sunk in German air attacks on the docks at Portland, Dorset. Due to heavy losses at the hands of the Luftwaffe the British suspend all future convoy from passing through the English Channel. 1940: Heavy units of the British Navy, code named Force H (Somerville), launch an attack (Operation Catapult) on the French fleet stationed at Mers-el-Kebir near Oran in Algeria, sinking the battleship Bretagne and heavily damaging the battleship Provence and the battlecruiser Dunkerque. 1,300 French sailors are killed and hundreds wounded. *Peggy Moran 1941: For the first time since the beginning of the German attack on the Soviet Union, Stalin speaks to the Russian people over the radio. Demanding utmost resistance 'in our patriotic war against German Fascism' and says 'A grave threat hangs over our country.' He calls for a policy of scorched earth if the Red Army is forced to yield ground and the formation of 'people's partisan' groups behind enemy lines, as well as the summary execution of all cowards and shirkers. Army Group Centre eradicates the Bialystok pocket capturing 290,000 prisoners, 2,500 tanks, 1,500 guns in the process. 1942: Sevastopol, the Crimean capital, finally falls to Germans, along with 97,000 Soviet prisoners. The German and Romanian forces lost 24,000 men. Peggy Moran 1942: 11 U-boats in the area begin to close in on convoy PQ-17 or place themselves along the route of the convoy. 6 U-boats make attack runs throughout the day, but have no success and either lose contact or fall behind the convoy. 1942: Due to exhaustion and lack of supplies, especially fuel for the armored divisions, Rommel orders his German and Italian forces to suspend all offensive operations before El Alamein and begin constructing defensive positions. Bell Telephone Ad - July 1945 1943: The RAF carries out a heavy night raid on Cologne, causing considerable damage and killing hundreds of civilians. 1943: The opening of operation 'Citadel', the massive German offensive to encircle and destroy the Soviet forces in the Orel-Belgorod salient near Kursk, is delayed by one day because of heavy Soviet air attacks against the German deployment areas. 1943: US troops from Nassau Beach link up with the Australians who are under heavy attack at Mubo in New Guinea. Operation 'Cartwheel' continues with further advances in the Solomon's. Peggy Moran 1944: The U.S. First Army opens a general offensive to break out of the hedgerow area of Normandy, France. 1944: The U.S. VIII Corps drives southwards to Coutances. 1944: French troops take Siena, only 30 miles South of Florence. Peggy Moran 1944: Minsk, the capital of Byelorussia is captured by the Russians, trapping 100,000 Germans in a pocket to the East. 1944: Prime Minister Curtin returns to Australia after the Commonwealth conference in Britain. 1945: U.S. troops land at Balikpapan and take Sepinggan airfield on Borneo in the Pacific. Peggy Moran *Mary Jeanette Moran was born on October 23, 1918 in Clinton, Iowa. The daughter of Louise Moran, a dancer with the famous Denishawn Dancers, and the celebrated artist Earl Moran, whose paintings graced many a barracks wall during World War II. One of Earl's favorite models was Norma Jean Baker, who later changed her name to Marilyn Monroe. Peggy never modeled for Earl although a publicity still of the two of them was taken in Earl's atelier with Peggy posing. From early childhood she was called by the nickname, "Peggy". Peggy's mother took six-year-old Peggy to the office of Derio, a famous psychic of the time. Louise wanted her fortune told. Derio did not have the time for them but, when he came out of his office into the hall, he passed Peggy and her mother. Looking down at Peggy, he caressed her cheek, and said, "Hmm... an actress". From that moment on, Peggy knew she was destined to act. Peggy appeared in some plays at school. She attended Hollywood High, where she was squired by Mike Stokey, founder of the original TV show, "Stump the Stars" (1947). She also attended John Marshall High for a time. There, she appeared in every play or show she could. Hollywood soon beckoned. Peggy went to the front door of Warner Brothers and told the startled guard that she wanted to get into the lot because she was going to be a movie star. The guard introduced her to a producer who introduced her to an agent, and her career was started. She acted in a few clunkers at the beginning, playing mostly bit parts and minor roles. Among them was _'Ernst Lubitch''s masterpiece, "Ninotchka" (1939), in which Peggy appeared in two scenes as a cute cigarette girl. Later, when the picture was released, it appeared in Clinton, Iowa's only movie theatre under the marquee: "Clinton's Own Peggy Moran starring in Ninotchka (1939), with Greta Garbo". Unknown & Peggy Moran Peggy moved from Warner Brothers to Universal Pictures in the late 1930s. In between, she played the female lead in a Gene Autry western entitled "Rhythm of the Saddle" (1938). Working now at Universal, she met the producer, Joe Pasternak, who introduced her to his director, Henry Koster. It was love at first sight. Henry cast her first in a Deanna Durbin film, "First Love" (1939). She played Deanna's schoolmate. In the meantime, Universal was keeping Peggy busy starring in many of their "B" films. During this time, also, she starred in her most famous movie, the one for which she would always be remembered, "The Mummy's Hand" (1940). Even up to her passing, she received four or five fan letters a week from people who wanted photos of her from that film though it was produced over sixty years ago. Henry had discovered two comedians, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, and their first movie, "One Night in the Tropics" (1940), starred Alan Young, Nancy Kelly, Robert Cummings, and Peggy Moran. Henry did not direct that one, or any other Abbott and Costello film, but he was responsible for their introduction to Hollywood, and Peggy was their first film character foil. Peggy was also tapped to star with Franchot Tone in "Trail of the Vigilantes" (1940), a Western that had all the other contract players from Universal whether they were cowboys or not, including Broderick Crawford and Mischa Auer. A year or so later, Henry and Peggy were married. Conrad Veidt was best man in Las Vegas at the wedding. Peggy was soon pregnant with her first son. Just after that, she was hired by Republic Pictures to play female lead opposite Roy Rogers in "King of the Cowboys" (1943). Henry encouraged her to take the role even though she was pregnant. After that, whenever she saw the movie with her son, Nicolas Koster, she always told him, "You were there!". That was Peggy's last film appearance except for some very recent films about stars of the early era. Peggy's life with Henry was the picture of marital bliss. They had two children, Nicolas, who also acted in several of Henry's films, and Peter, who works in Contra Costa County. Henry passed away in 1988. Peggy was quite active during these last fourteen years, playing billiards, dancing, entertaining, and traveling around the country to attend movie nostalgia conventions where she invariably amazed and impressed everyone from hardened veterans of movies to new fans, with her wit, charm, intelligence and beauty. She was also active in her church, the Camarillo Church of Religious Science, where she studied to become a practitioner. On 26 August 2002, she was being driven from a friend's apartment in Ventura back to her apartment in Woodland Hills when the driver lost control of the car on the freeway. She broke her neck, leg and several ribs as well as puncturing one of her lungs. Peggy never recovered from the terrible damage that accident caused. She finally left us on October 24th, one day after her 84th birthday. Bell Telephone Ad - July 1945
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