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This Day in WWII 30 November 1939 – 1945 *1935


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PontiacAd-Nov1943.jpgPontiac Ad - November 1943

 

1939: The Admiralty announces the completion of a 300 square mile minefield from Thames Estuary to the Netherlands.

 

1939: After breaking off diplomatic relations, the Soviet Union attacks Finland by land and air without declaring war. During the Red Air Forces first raid on the Helsinki, only 91 civilian's are killed due the capitals excellent air defense system. Stalin alleges provocation.

 

Connie%20Stevens1.jpg **Connie Stevens

 

1940: British civilian casualty figures for November: 4,588 killed, 6,202 injured.

 

1941: Near Riga, a mass shooting of Latvian and German Jews.

 

1941: Japan finally resolves itself to attack the USA, although portions of the governments are still unsure.

 

Connie%20Stevens2.jpg Connie Stevens

 

1942: An Italian radio broadcast, reports of large-scale evacuations of Turin, Genoa and Milan.

 

1942: Battle of Tassafaronga off Guadalcanal. (MORE INFO)

 

ShellAviationFuelsAd-Nov1943.jpg Shell Aviation Fuel Ad - November 1943

 

1944: Twenty-six Americans fascists are freed after being held on sedition charges. When the judge hearing their case dies, a mistrial is declared and the charges against them are not reinstated.

 

1944: Russian forces take Danzig in Poland and invade Austria.

 

Connie%20Stevens3.jpg Connie Stevens

 

1945: Rudolph Hess causes consternation at the Nuremberg trials by announcing that he has been shamming insanity and amnesia all this time.

 

*1935: Non-belief in Nazism is proclaimed grounds for divorce in Germany.

 

Connie%20Stevens4.jpg Connie Stevens

**Born in Brooklyn of Italian and native-American parentage with the unlikely name of Concetta Rosalie Anna Ingolia, Connie Stevens was raised by grandparents when her parents (both jazz musicians) filed for divorced. She attended Catholic boarding schools in her formative years and a distinct interest in music led to her forming a vocal quartet called "The Foremost" which was comprised of Connie and three men. Those men later became part of "The Lettermen".

In Hollywood from 1953, Connie formed yet another vocal group "The Three Debs" while trying to break into films as an extra. Although she managed to co-star in a few mediocre teen dramas such as "Young and Dangerous" (1957), "Eighteen and Anxious" (1957), "The Party Crashers" (1958), and "Dragstrip Riot" (1958), it was comedian Jerry Lewis who set things in motion by casting the unknown starlet in his comedy "Rock-a-Bye Baby" (1958). Warner Bros. signed her up for their hot detective series "Hawaiian Eye" (1959) and she was off. As pert and pretty "Cricket Blake", a slightly flaky and tomboyish singer/photographer, Connie became an instant teen idol -- trendy and undeniably appealing. A couple of record hits came her way including "Sixteen Reasons" and the novelty song "Kookie, Kookie, Lend Me Your Comb". Connie's acting talent was light and limited, however, and some attempts at adult film drama, including the title role in "Susan Slade" (1961), "Parrish" (1961), "Palm Springs Weekend" (1963) and "Two on a Guillotine" (1965) came and went.

In the 1970s, she refocused on her voice and started lining up singing commercials (Ace Hardware) while subsisting in nightclubs and hotels. Connie eventually built herself up as a Las Vegas headlining act. She also starred on Broadway with "The Star-Spangled Girl" and won a Theatre World Award for her performance in 1967. Comedian Bob Hope's made her one of his regular entertainers on his USO tours. Sporadic films came her way every now and then. A TV-movie "The Sex Symbol" (1974) (TV) had her playing a tragic Marilyn Monroe type goddess. There was also innocuous fun with "Grease 2" (1982) and "Back to the Beach" (1987) with Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. Episodics on "Murder, She Wrote" (1984), "The Love Boat" (1977) and "Baywatch" (1999)_ also kept her afloat -- but barely. Once wed to actor James Stacy, she later married and divorced singer Eddie Fisher. From her union with Fisher came two daughters, Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher, both of whom became actors. Single with two daughters, and completely out of sync with Hollywood, Connie started experiencing severe financial woes. In the 1990s, the never-say-die personality began a new lucrative career in the infomercial game with skin-care and make-up products. She was unbelievably successful in turning her finances around. Now a self-made tycoon with her own successful beauty line to boot, Connie is living proof that anything can happen in that wild and wacky world called show biz.

TRIVIA:

Measurements: 37-20-36 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)

Height: 5' 2" (1.57 m)

TexacoAd-Nov1943.jpg Texaco Ad - November 1943

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