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This Day in WWII 21 November 1939 – 1945 *1937


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1939: Prime Minister Chamberlain imposes an embargo on all German trade, with goods currently in Britain, but destined for shipment to Germany to be confiscated.

1939: Prime Minister Chamberlain announces the seizure of German merchant shipping in retaliation for the sinking of neutral ships and indiscriminate mine warfare.

Stella%20Stevens1.jpg **Stella Stevens

1939: The German Battlecruiser's Scharnhorst and Gneisenau set off from Germany on a mission to harry British sea routes in the North Atlantic.

1940: Greeks capture Koritza, defeating Italian IX Army.

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1942: The situation for the 6th Army is deteriorating fast, not least owing to the fact that Army HQ is being relocated which leads to serious disruptions in communications with the troops in and outside the city.

1943: Field Marshal Kesselring is appointed commander-in-chief of all German forces in Italy, while Rommel leaves his command to organize the Atlantic wall.

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1944: The US 8th Air Force launches heavy attacks against Hamburg and the synthetic fuel producing plants of Leuna at Merseburg.

1944: Albanian patriots free the capital, Tirana.

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1945: All the top ranking Nazis at Nuremberg plead innocent.

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*1937: The first stretch of the German Autobahn is opened for use. The main purpose of the road is to deploy and supply its forces throughout the country. Eventually, 4,500 miles of four-lane highway will cover Germany.

StellaStevens5.jpg Stella Stevens

**Stella Stevens was born Estelle Caro Eggleston on October 1, 1936 in Yazoo City, Mississippi, the only child of Dovey Estelle (née Caro) and Thomas Ellett Eggleston. She married electrician Noble Herman Stephens on December 1, 1954, probably in Memphis, Tennessee, with whom she had her only child, actor/producer Andrew Stevens. She and Herman Stephens divorced three years later, although she and her son retained a variation of his surname as their own professional surnames. She has been romantically linked to Vince Edwards, Jerry Lewis, Peter Sellers, Skip Ward and Sidney Korshak. She has never verified any of these friendships.

Stevens was first under contract to 20th Century Fox, then dropped after six months. After winning the role of "Appassionata Von Climax" for the musical "Li'l Abner" (1959), she signed a contract with Paramount Pictures (1959-1963) and later Columbia Pictures (1964-1968). She shared the 1960 Golden Globe Award for "Most Promising Newcomer - Female", with Tuesday Weld, Angie Dickinson and Janet Munro for "Say One For Me".

In 1960, Stevens was Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month for January (and had featured pictorials in 1965 and 1968). Stevens was in the 100 sexiest stars of the 20th Century (#27). During the 1960s, she was one of the ten most photographed women in the world, carving herself a distinctive 'sexy kitten' niche which was quite distinct from the overwhelming sexpot image of Marilyn Monroe and the numerous Monroe clones of the period.

StellaStevens6.jpg Stella Stevens

In 1962, Stevens starred opposite Elvis Presley in "Girls! Girls! Girls!". Later that year, she portrayed Jerry Lewis's love interest in "The Nutty Professor". This was followed by other comic turns as the former "Miss Montana" beauty queen in Vincente Minnelli's "The Courtship of Eddie's Father" and opposite Dean Martin in the "Matt Helm" spy spoof "The Silencers" plus "How to Save a Marriage and Ruin Your Life".

Stevens was featured in Sam Peckinpah's western "The Ballad of Cable Hogue" in 1970 with Jason Robards. In 1972, she appeared in Irwin Allen's "The Poseidon Adventure" as "Linda Rogo" (the former-hooker wife of Ernest Borgnine's character).

Stevens appeared in dozens of TV shows. An early appearance was in the Bonanza episode "Silent Thunder" playing a deaf mute (the episode aired in December 1960) a role she played with exceptional charm and success. She was a regular on the 1981-1982 primetime soap opera "Flamingo Road". She teamed with the late Sandy Dennis in a touring production of an all-female version of Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple", playing the Oscar Madison character. She had a contract role on NBC's daytime drama "Santa Barbara" as Phyllis Blake from 1989 to 1990.

Stevens produced and directed two films, "The Ranch" (1989) and "The American Heroine" (1979).

TRIVIA:

Voluptuous figure reported to be a perfect 36C-24-36 as a starlet. (Source: celebrity Sleuth magazine).

Height: 5' 5" (1.65 m)

She was discovered modeling in the tea room of Goldsmith's Department Store in Memphis Tennessee, where a press-agent from United Artists told her if she could get to New York while he was there, he could introduce her to the executives at Twentieth Century Fox.

OldsmobileAd-Nov1944.jpg Oldsmobile Ad - November 1944

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