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This Day in WWII 10 August 1940 - 1945


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curtiswrightadaugust194.jpg Curtis-Wright Ad - August 1943

1940: Due to poor weather conditions, the Luftwaffe delays 'Eagle Day' until the 13th

1940: U-56 sinks armed merchant-cruiser HMS Transylvania off Northern Ireland.

elainestewart5.jpg *Elaine Stewart

1940: Germans ban speaking of French in Luxembourg and listening to BBC in Belgium.

1941: Great Britain and the Soviet Union promise aid to Turkey if it is attacked by the Axis Powers.

elainestewart.jpg Elaine Stewart

1942: The British convoy 'Pedestal' (14 merchants, 2 battleships, 3 aircraft-carriers, 14 destroyers and 3 anti-aircraft cruisers), which had left Britain on the 2nd August en-route to Malta, reaches the Straits of Gibraltar, where it is reinforced with 3 heavy cruisers (Manchester, Nigeria, and Kenya) and 11 more destroyers. For a time, the aircraft-carrier HMS Furious joins the convoy with a complement of 38 Supermarine Spitfires which are to be flown off towards the embattled island.

1942: With the support of von Richthofen's 4th Air Fleet, which had been transferred from Army Group A, the 6th Army crosses the Don and reaches the outskirts of Stalingrad.

elainestewart6.jpg Elaine Stewart

1944: The U.S. 5th Armored and 2nd French Armored Divisions cover 15 miles to Alencon.

1944: Organized Japanese resistance on Guam finally ends with them suffering 18,250 killed and the U.S. more than 1,744 killed.

elainestewart7.jpg Elaine Stewart

1945: The Japanese sue for peace after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. To date nearly 55 million people have died in the Second World War.

elainestewart3.jpg Elaine Stewart in "Take the High Ground!" (1953)

*Born Elsy Steinberg in Montclair, New Jersey, on May 31, 1929, beautiful starlet Elaine Stewart worked as an usherette, cashier, and model before entering films in 1951. She made her debut by winning Miss See in See Magazine in 1952. She was in many magazines such as Playboy and Photoplay. Upon signing with MGM in 1951, the studio began using her in bit parts. She can be seen in "Singin' in the Rain" and "Sky Full of Moon", but soon she moved into bigger roles in "The Bad and the Beautiful" (1952; with Lana Turner and Gilbert Roland, "Take the High Ground!" (1953; with Richard Widmark and Karl Malden) and "Brigadoon" (1954; with Van Johnson and Gene Kelly). She was afforded a leading role as a harem-togged princess in "The Adventures of Hajji Baba" (1954; with John Derek).

When her contract with MGM lapsed in 1954, Stewart took a three-year hiatus from films, traveling extensively and exploring other career venues. However, she returned to acting with the release of the 1957 Universal-International film "The Tattered Dress" with Jeff Chandler. In the early 1960s, she made a couple of films in Italy, including "The Seven Revenges" (1961; with Ed Fury).

Stewart wrapped up her film career with the release of" Peccati d'estate" in 1962. Afterward, Stewart made a few guest appearances on such television series as "Perry Mason" and "Burke's Law" before walking away from acting. Following her divorce from actor Bill Carter in 1963, she married game show producer Merrill Heatter, who along with Bob Quigley produced the original "Hollywood Squares" from 1966 through 1980. Although marriage and being a mother to two children prevented her from returning to acting, Stewart later appeared on two of Heatter-Quigley's game shows, "Gambit" and "High Rollers" before her retirement in the mid 1970s.


Measurements: 34-25-36 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine).

Height: 5' 6½" (1.69 m)

belltelephoneadaugust19.jpg Bell Telephone Ad - August 1942

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