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This Day in WWII 7 October 1940 - 1944 **1949


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1940: German troops enter Romania to 'help restrain the Army'.

1940: Beaverbrook announces gifts received for aircraft purchases now total £6,098,826.

Leslie%20Parrish1.jpg *Leslie Parrish

1941: Finland rejects a British demand to cease fighting the Soviet Union.

1941: German advance on Moscow continues with the capture of Vyasma. Stalin lifts ban on religion in Russia to boost morale.

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1941: Curtin becomes the Prime Minister of Australia.

1943: The RAF bombs Stuttgart making use of the Airborne 'Cigar' jamming device, killing 1,700 and making 18,000 homeless.

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1943: The U.S. Fifth Army is halted by German defenses along River Volturno, 20 miles North of Naples.

1943: Japanese execute approximately 100 American POWs on Wake Island.

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1944: The 20th Gebirgsjäger Army retreats towards northern Norway in the face of strong Soviet attacks.

1944: A revolt by Jewish slave laborers at Auschwitz-Birkenau results in complete destruction of Crematory IV.

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1944: The Eighth Army resumes its attacks on the Gothic Line. The British reach Corinth, land at Nauplion and take the island of Samos.

**1949: Iva Toguri D'Aquino, better known as Tokyo Rose, is sentenced to 10 years in prison for treason.

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*Leslie Parrish was born March 13, 1935 in Melrose, Massachusetts. She later lived in Upper Black Eddy, Pennsylvania, and was a promising piano student at the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music. She discovered that by modeling she could earn more money than as a concert pianist. She came to New York City in November 1953. Before modeling she worked as a waitress in a diner.

She joined the Home Theatre Group of professional performers who put on plays at a private theater in Hollywood. Ruth Warrick and Mark Herron were also members. Parrish believed the experience of facing a live audience made her a better actress and more capable of transforming a scripted part into a three-dimensional human being.. She starred under her birth name, Marjorie Hellen, until she changed it in 1959.

Parrish signed with 20th Century Fox in 1954, when she was 19. The studio gave her statistics as 5 feet 6 inches, with measurements of 35-24-34. Her hair is reddish gold, and she has gray eyes with a cream complexion. In May 1956, Parrish signed a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

Her two most notable roles are as lithe Daisy Mae in "Li'l Abner" (1959) and as the doomed Jocelyn Jordan in "The Manchurian Candidate" (1962).

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In "Portrait of a Mobster" (1961) Parrish plays the wife of a detective who consorts with criminals. She is the daughter of a bootlegger who rebuffs the advances of Dutch Schultz, played by Vic Morrow. Eventually she becomes disillusioned with the corruption among the police force, and she leaves her husband to live with Schultz.

She made a number of films of the B-movie and science fiction genres. Among these are "Sex and the Single Girl" (1964), "Three on a Couch" (1966), "The Money Jungle" (1968), "The Candy Man" (1969), "The Devil's 8" (1969), "Brother, Cry For Me" (1970), and "The Giant Spider Invasion" (1975).

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In 1954, NBC-TV borrowed the studios of WPIX every weekday morning. Parrish was employed by NBC as its "human test pattern" in regard to color tones. She sat for hours on a stool in front of color cameras, while engineers adjusted the tints and the lighting, and worked with costumes in different tints. Parrish was seldom seen on WNBC, Channel 4, since most of her color work was performed on closed-circuit television.

Parrish was in an episode of the Kraft Suspense Theatre "The Kamchatka Incident" (1964). She performed with John Forsythe in a drama which concerned a U.S.-bound airplane's encounter with Russian fighter planes above Siberia. She has made numerous television appearances, including a role in the "Star Trek" episode "Who Mourns for Adonais?" (1967), in which Parrish plays Lieutenant Carolyn Palamas, who becomes the lust object of the Greek god Apollo. In the 1971 series "Bearcats!", she played Liz Blake, an ex-love of lead character Hack Brackett, who is helped by him when her oil business is threatened by a series of mysterious fires. She also appeared on the TV show "The Wild Wild West" (1965) playing "Greta Lundquist" in episode: "The Night the Wizard Shook the Earth" and playing "Morn" in episode: "The Night of the Flying Pie Plate". On "Batman" (1966) playing "Dawn Robin" in episode: "Fine Feathered Finks" and playing "Glacia Glaze" in episode: "Ice Spy". She also played "Karen" in the 1971 episode of "Hogan's Heroes" titled "Kommandant Gertrude".

In the TV series "Logan's Run" (1977), Parrish played the commander of an alien space ship on a Noah's Ark-type mission to gather and study specimens of beings from planets in different solar systems.

Parrish married Eric Marlow in 1956 and divorced him in May 1961.

She married Richard Bach, the author of Jonathan Livingston Seagull, in 1977, whom she met during the making of the movie of the same name. She was a major element in two of his subsequent booksThe Bridge Across Forever and Onewhich primarily focused on their relationship and Bach's concept of soulmates. They divorced amicably in 1999.


Height: 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Measurements: 35-24-34

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