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This Day in WWII 19 November 1940 - 1944


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ServelInc.Ad-Nov1942.jpg Servel, Inc. Ad - November 1942

1940: The Canadian government approves initiation of mass production of war bacteria.

1940: The Luftwaffe launches a major raid against Birmingham, inflicting heavy damage in places.

1940: Greek successes continue in northern Greece and Albania. The Italians are driven back across the Kalamas River.

Tina%20Louise1.jpg *Tina Louise

1941: The Times newspaper's report on Occupied Europe estimates that 82,000 Poles have been shot or hanged since Poland's occupation by the Germans.

1941: The cruiser HMAS Sydney and German raider Kormoran sink each other off Western Australia. There are no survivors from HMAS Sydney.

Tina%20Louise2.jpg Tina Louise

1942: Two RAF Horsa gliders carrying 34 British Royal Engineer Commandos, crashes in Norway en route to their mission of destroying the German 'heavy water' plant at Telemark. The survivors are captured by the Germans, questioned, tortured and shot, although they were all in uniform.

1942: The Red Army opens its winter offensive with a pincer movement round Stalingrad with the aim of encircling and destroying the German forces fighting in Stalingrad. The initial attacks by the Soviet 5th Tank Army from the north and the 51st Army from the south are directed against the exposed rear flanks of 6th Army and 4th Panzer Army held by the Romanian 3rd and 4th Army's which are overrun and scattered. Russian gains in Caucasus are also announced.

1942: British troops engage a German tank column only 30 miles from Tunis.

CamelCigaretteAd-Nov1943.jpg Camel Cigarette Ad - November 1943

1944: The RAF's destruction of Drina bridge at Visegrad, causes an 85-mile German traffic jam in Yugoslavia.

1944: The U.S. 95th Division fights its way into the suburbs of Metz. The French 1st Armoured Division reaches the Rhine.

Tina%20Louise3.jpg Tina Louise

*Born Tina Blacker in New York City on February 11, 1934, gorgeous Tina Louise has worked as a model, singer, and actress during her lengthy career. At 17, she made her acting debut in summer stock, and then quickly moved to Broadway, taking small roles. She was also once a featured singer at Ciro's, the famous Hollywood nightclub. As her aspirations became more focused on acting, Louise enrolled in Lee Strasberg's Actors Studio. Her big break came in a January 1956 appearance on the hour-long dramatic anthology television series "Studio One".

She also landed a spot on "Jan Murray Time" as a singer. She followed this up with more guest appearances on "Studio One", "Climax!", and "Joe and Mabel", meanwhile still taking roles on Broadway. With her success in the Broadway production of "Li'l Abner" (cast as "Apassionata Von Climax") beginning in 1956, Louise made her way to Hollywood. Tina Louise was cast as Griselda in the United Artists' release "God's Little Acre" (1958; with Fay Spain, Aldo Ray, and Lance Fuller). In 1959, Louise won a Golden Globe for most promising newcomer, mostly as a result of her role as Griselda in "God's Little Acre". Her next role was in "The Hangman". In the early 1960s, Tina Louise went to Italy to star in several films. At the time, many Hollywood actors were making foreign films to cash in on the craze and to find better roles. Tina Louise was starring on Broadway in the play "Fade Out, Fade In" when she was offered the role of sexy actress Ginger Grant in the CBS television comedy "Gilligan's Island".

During her stint on "Gilligan's Island", Tina Louise married talk-show host Les Crane in 1966; the union produced a daughter, Caprice, but the couple divorced in 1970. During the 1970s and 1980s, Louise made several films and appeared on numerous TV series; she even had a recurring role on the CBS nighttime drama "Dallas" during its first season. Into the 1990s, she cooled her acting career and now appears to be retired from acting.

Tina%20Louise4.jpg Tina Louise


Measurements: 37-24-36 (as a 1950s starlet), 38-23-37 (during "Gilligan's Island" (1964)), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)

Height: 5' 8 1/2" (1.74 m)

Although she is most associated with playing Ginger in "Gilligan's Island" (1964), she detests the role and has not appeared in any of the series' various reunion specials. According to Russell Johnson, Tina was told she would be the main star of the show when she was initially approached about doing it, and when she arrived in Los Angeles after accepting the offer, she found out otherwise. Johnson also recalls that while Tina remained professional throughout the show's run without raising a fuss, she "divorced herself from the show as soon as it went off the air".

She and fellow "Gilligan's Island" (1964) cast member Dawn Wells have both been asked to appear together in numerous television ad campaigns over the years. However, the two actresses have never liked each other and have not spoken in years. They have turned down many of these offers. The most notable one was a commercial for Old Navy clothing stores, which would feature them as Mary Ann and Ginger, still stuck on the island.

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