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This Day in WWII 7 August 1941 - 1944


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consolidatedvulteeadaug.jpg Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Ad - August 1943

1941: US Senate extends National Service to 18 months.

1941: Mussolini’s second son Bruno dies in air crash.

claudettecolbert.jpg *Claudette Colbert

1941: Joseph Stalin appoints himself Generalissimo of the Red Army.

1941: Konoye asks FDR for summit meeting. He also proposes a Chinese police corps with Japanese officers and a timetable for a withdrawal of troops from China.

claudettecolbert3.jpg Claudette Colbert

1942: Units of the 6th Army cross the Don river at Kalach during their advance toward Stalingrad.

1942: The creation of Palestine Regiment of the British Army is announced. General Gott, the Eighth Army's commander designate, is shot down while en route for Cairo. Montgomery is chosen instead.

claudettecolbert2.jpg Claudette Colbert

1942: The U.S. 1st Marine Division under General A. A. Vandegrift lands on the islands of Guadalcanal and Tulagi in the Solomon islands. This is the first American amphibious landing of the war.

claudettecolbertpaulett.jpg Claudette Colbert, Paulette Goddard & Veronica Lake - So Proudly We Hail! (1943)

1944: The German 2nd, 116th, 1st SS and 2nd SS Panzer divisions, with 145 tanks to the East of Mortain launch ‘Operation Luttich’, to counter-attack against the U.S. 3rd Army’s sweep to the South. The Germans move against Avranches and achieve some success at Mortain. Assisted by RAF Typhoons, the Americans are able to stop the Germans by the atfernoon. U.S. 15th Corps is turned north to meet the Canadians in Falaise.

claudettecolbert6.jpg Claudette Colbert

1944: Allied air patrols over Paris prevent Axis fighters from reaching Mortain.

1944: The Russians advance into the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains, near the Slovak, Hungarian, Russian borders.

claudettecolbert4.jpg Claudette Colbert

*One of the brightest film stars to grace the screen was born Emilie Claudette Chauchoin on September 13, 1903, in Saint-Mandé, France. Her banker father moved the family to the United States when she was three. As Claudette grew up, she wanted nothing more than to play to Broadway audiences (in those days, any actress or actor worth their salt went for Broadway, not Hollywood). After her formal education ended, she enrolled in the Art Students League, where she paid for her dramatic training by working in a dress shop. She made her Broadway debut in 1923 in the stage production of "The Wild Wescotts". It was during this event that she adopted the name Claudette Colbert.

When the Great Depression shut down most of the theaters, Claudette decided to make a go of it in films. Her first film was called "For the Love of Mike" (1927). Unfortunately, it was a box-office disaster. She wasn't real keen on the film industry, but with an extreme scarcity in theatrical roles, she had no choice but to remain. In 1929 she starred as Joyce Roamer in "The Lady Lies" (1929). The film was a success and later that year she had another hit entitled "The Hole in the Wall" (1929). In 1930 she starred opposite Fredric March in "Manslaughter" (1930), which was a remake of the silent version of eight years earlier. A year after that Claudette was again paired in a film with March, "Honor Among Lovers" (1931). It fared well at the box-office, probably only because it was the kind of film that catered to women who enjoyed magazine fiction romantic stories. In 1932 Claudette played the evil Poppeia in Cecil B. DeMille's last great work, "The Sign of the Cross" (1932), and once again was cast with March. Later the same year she was paired with Jimmy Durante in "The Phantom President" (1932). By now Claudette's name symbolized good movies and she, along with March, pulled crowds into the theaters with the acclaimed "Tonight Is Ours" (1933).

The next year started a little on the slow side with the release of "Four Frightened People" (1934), where Claudette and her co-stars were at odds with the dreaded bubonic plague onboard a ship. However, the next two films were real gems for this young actress. First up, Claudette was charming and radiant in Cecil B. DeMille's spectacular "Cleopatra" (1934). It wasn't one of DeMille's finest by any means, but it was a financial success and showcased Claudette as never before. However, it was as Ellie Andrews, in the now famous "It Happened One Night" (1934), that ensured she would be forever immortalized. Paired with Clark Gable, the madcap comedy was a mega-hit all across the country. It also resulted in Claudette being nominated for and winning the Oscar that year for Best Actress. In 1935 she was nominated again for "Private Worlds" (1935), where she played Dr. Jane Everest, on the staff at a mental institution. The performance was exquisite. Films such as "The Gilded Lily" (1935), "Drums Along the Mohawk" (1939) and "No Time for Love" (1943) kept fans coming to the theaters and the movie moguls happy. Claudette was a sure drawing card for virtually any film she was in.

In 1940, Colbert refused a seven-year contract that would have paid her $200,000 a year, as she had found that she could command a fee of $150,000 per film as a freelance artist. With her brother as her manager, Colbert was able to secure roles in prestigious films, and this period marked the height of her earning ability.

Colbert's film career continued successfully into the 1940s, in films such as "Boom Town" (1940), with Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, and Hedy Lamarr; "Arise, My Love" (1940), with Ray Milland; and the Preston Sturges comedy "The Palm Beach Story" (1942), opposite Joel McCrea.

After more than a decade as a leading actress, Colbert began to make a transition to more mature characters, though she was reportedly very sensitive about her age. During filming of "So Proudly We Hail!" (1943), with Paulette Goddard and Veronica Lake, a rift occurred when Colbert overheard a remark made by Goddard in an interview. Asked which of her costars she preferred, Goddard had replied, "Veronica, I think. After all, we are closer in age", further commenting that Colbert "flipped" and "was at Paulette's eyes at every moment" and said that they continued their feud throughout the duration of filming.

In 1944 she starred as Anne Hilton in "Since You Went Away" (1944). Again, although she didn't win, Claudette picked up her third nomination for Best Actress.

By the late 1940s and early 1950s she was not only seen on the screen but the infant medium of television, where she appeared in a number of programs. However, her drawing power was fading somewhat as new stars replaced the older ones. In 1955 she filmed the western "Texas Lady" (1955) and wasn't seen on the screen again until "Parrish" (1961). It was her final silver screen performance. Her final appearance before the cameras was in a TV movie, "The Two Mrs. Grenvilles" (1987) (TV). She did, however, remain on the stage where she had returned in 1956, her first love. After a series of strokes, Claudette divided her time between New York and Barbados. On July 30, 1996, Claudette died in Speightstown, Barbados. She was 92.


Measurements: 32 1/2B-25-34 (according to her costumer) (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)

Height: 5' 4½" (1.64 m)

Nickname: Lily


Dr. Joel Pressman (24 December 1935 - 26 February 1968) (his death)

Norman Foster (13 March 1928 - August 1935) (divorced)

vincoadaugust1943.jpg Vinco Ad - August 1943

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