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This Day in WWII 21 June 1940 - 1945


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WesternElectricAd-June1944.jpgWestern Electric Ad - June 1944

 

1940: Franco-German armistice negotiations begin at Compiegne, during which Hitler informs the French representatives of his terms in the same railway carriage as the German surrender was signed in 1918. Hitler issues a proclamation announcing the end of the war in the West and orders flags to be flown throughout Germany for ten days.

 

1941: Hitler orders German subs not to attack US warships.

 

NinaFoch1.jpg *Nina Foch

 

1941: Prime Minister Churchill comments on the possibility of an alliance with the Soviet Union: "If Hitler invaded Hell, I would make at least a favorable reference to the Devil in the House of Commons."

 

1941: British forces occupy Damascus, while another British column invades Syria from Iraq.

 

NinaFoch2.jpg Nina Foch

 

1942: The Luftwaffe carries out a night raid against Southampton.

 

1942: German infantry and combat engineers of 11th Army are gaining ground slowly in their assault on Sevastopol, but the ferocious Russian defense at Sevastopol forces Adolf Hitler do something he doesn't like to do, namely delay the German Summer offensive.

 

1942: General Erwin Rommel captures the port city of Tobruk in North Africa. The Germans capture 32,000 prisoners, 2,000 tons of fuel, 5,000 tons of food and 2,000 vehicles.

 

CamelCigaretteAd-June1944.jpg Camel Cigarette Ad - June 1944

 

1943: The RAF launches a heavy raid on Krefeld in the Ruhr, but lose 44 aircraft.

 

1943: Allies advance to New Georgia, Solomon Islands.

 

NinaFoch3.jpg Nina Foch

 

1944: The US 8th Air Force carries out raids on Berlin and the synthetic fuel plants at Leuna-Merseburg, which then continue on to Russia.

 

1944: A further Russians assault against the Finns opens in eastern Karelia. The Red Army begins an offensive between lakes Ladoga and Onega on the northern front.

 

NinaFoch4.jpg Nina Foch

 

1945: Organized resistance on Okinawa ends after 82 days of the bloodiest fighting in the Pacific, during which 98,654 Japanese have been killed and 6,922 captured. U.S. loses were 6,990 killed and 29,598 wounded.

 

NinaFoch5.jpg Nina Foch

*Nina Foch was born Nina Consuelo Maud Fock on April 20, 1924 in Leiden, Holland. Her mother was American actress and singer Consuelo Flowerton, who returned to the U.S. after her marriage to Foch's father, Dutch classical music conductor Dirk Fock; they divorced when Nina was a toddler.

Foch's movie fame came during the height of the 1940s, when she played cool, aloof, and often foreign women of sophistication. She would ultimately be featured in over 80 films and hundreds of television shows.

The actress was a regular in John Houseman's "CBS Playhouse 90" television series. In 1951, she appeared with Gene Kelly in the musical "An American in Paris", which was awarded the Best Picture Oscar. Foch played Marie Antoinette in "Scaramouche" (1952) and Bithiah in Cecil B. DeMille's "The Ten Commandments" (1956), in which she played the Pharaoh's sister who found the baby Moses in the bullrushes, adopted him as her son, and joined him and the Hebrews in their Exodus from Egypt.

Foch received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the boardroom drama "Executive Suite" (1954), starring William Holden. She appeared in "Spartacus" (1960) opposite Kirk Douglas and Laurence Olivier as a woman who chooses gladiators to fight to the death in the ring, simply for her entertainment. In 1963, she appeared as herself in the National Broadcasting Company game show "Your First Impression". In 1964, she appeared in the title role of the episode "Maggie, Queen of the Jungle" of Craig Stevens's CBS drama Mr. Broadway.

She was cast as Eva Frazier in the "Outer Limits" episode "The Borderland". On television, she was cast as the first murder victim of the "Columbo" mystery series starring Peter Falk, appearing in the pilot movie, "Prescription: Murder" (1968), with Gene Barry as her husband, a homicidal psychiatrist.

In the early 1970s, she guest starred on NBC's "The Brian Keith Show". In 1975, she appeared in the film "Mahogany" starring Diana Ross. More recently, she appeared on the television series "Just Shoot Me", "Bull" and "NCIS", the latter portraying Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard's elderly mother.

NinaFoch6.jpg Nina Foch

Late in her career, she appeared as 'Frannie Halcyon' in the 1994 UK coproduction of Channel Four, Working Title Films and Propaganda Films that adapted Armistead Maupin's "Tales of the City". She appeared in "War and Remembrance" as the seemingly-nice librarian who soon advises Jane Seymour's character that the best place for her and her uncle would be the un-aptly named "Paradise Ghetto". Another notable TV role was as the Overseer Commander, (or "Kleezantzun/" in the first of the "Alien Nation--The Series" TV Movies, 'Body and Soul'.

Foch taught "Directing the Actor" classes at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, classes she had taught since the 1960s up to her death. She also worked as an independent script-breakdown consultant for many prominent Hollywood directors.

Foch lived in Beverly Hills, California for 40 years, and had one son, Dr. Dirk de Brito. Foch married 3 times, the first to James Lipton, the future host of Inside the Actors Studio. She married Dennis Brito in 1959. The couple had one child before divorcing in 1963. Her last marriage, to Michael Dewell in 1967 ended in divorce in 1993.

Foch died December 5, 2008, of complications from the blood disorder myelodysplasia at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, her son, Dr. Dirk De Brito, told the Los Angeles Times. She had become ill while teaching at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts.

WesternElectricAd-June1945.jpg Western Electric Ad - June 1945

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