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This Day in WWII 9 December 1940 – 1945


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BendixAviationAd-Dec1942.jpgBendix Aviation Ad - December 1942

1940: The Western Desert Force which is 30,000 strong and under the command of Wavell takes to the offensive 'Operation Compass'. The 4th Indian division captures the Italian camps at Nibeiwa, Tumar East and West, while the 7th Armoured drives south of the camps at Sofafi and Rabia and turns north towards Buq Buq on the coast road. As column also advances along the coast road from Mersa Matruh towards Maktila as British warships bombard both Maktila and Sidi Barrani. Italian troops eating breakfast at Nibeiwa in are interrupted by British and Indian tanks crashing through their camp. The Italian commander ignored a report of approaching tanks given earlier by a scout plane.


Jayne%20Mansfield1.jpg *Jayne Mansfield


1941: Franklin D. Roosevelt tells Americans to plan for a long war.


1941: The Red Army recaptures Tikhivin. Zhukov issues an order forbidding frontal attacks, in favor of envelopments and outflanking maneuvers, as he says frontal attacks merely allow the Germans to withdraw in good order.


1941: China declares war on Japan, Germany and Italy.


Jayne%20Mansfield2.jpg Jayne Mansfield


1941: Bangkok is occupied by Japanese troops as they to push through Thailand towards the Burmese border. The Japanese also continue to land troops along the Kra Isthmus in southern Thailand and at Kota Bharu in north eastern Malaya.


1941: Japanese aircraft attack Alor Star airfield, Malaya. From the two squadron of Blenheims based there, only one aircraft survives; its pilot, Flt Lt A S K Scarf single-handedly overcame strong enemy defences to attack Singora airfield in the North. After recovering to Alor Star, Flt Lt Scarf died from his wounds, and was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross five years later when the full facts of his heroism were established. MORE INFO - FLT LT SCARF


Jayne%20Mansfield3.jpg Jayne Mansfield


1941: Japanese troops land on Tarawa and Makin in the Gilbert islands.


1942: Fresh US troops relieve the besieged 1st Marine Division on Guadalcanal.


Jayne%20Mansfield4.jpg Jayne Mansfield


1943: The Establishment of the Council of Freedom in Denmark is announced in Britain.


1943: The Chinese retake Changteh in Hunan.


Jayne%20Mansfield5.jpg Jayne Mansfield


1944: The Russians reach the Danube north of Budapest.


1945: General Patton is seriously injured in car crash in Germany.


Jayne%20Mansfield6.jpg Jayne Mansfield

*Jayne Mansfield was born Vera Jayne Palmer on April 19, 1933 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Her parents were well to do, with Mr. Palmer a successful attorney in Phillipburg, New Jersey, where Jayne was beginning her girlhood. Tragedy struck when Jayne was three when her father suddenly died of a heart attack. Three years later, her mother remarried and the family moved south to Dallas, Texas.


Jayne Mansfield burst on the Hollywood scene like a rocket in 1955. One of the biggest sex symbol stars of the 1950s and 1960s, Jayne was second only to Marilyn Monroe and personified the era of the Blonde Bombshell. Known for her love of children and animals, Jayne also possessed an IQ of 163 and was known as one of the most friendliest, as well as publicity loving, stars of the era. She was one of the first sex symbols to ever own a sexual image as well as have a family. She was the first American motion picture actress to ever appear nude in a legitimate major motion picture. Known for having one of the most sensational hourglass figures ever. 40D-17-36.


Jayne married Paul Mansfield at the age of 16 and by 17 she was a mother. She and Paul and baby Jayne Marie moved to California in early 1954 where Jayne set out with one goal: to become a movie star. She was a brunette at the time and upon meeting Milton Lewis, a Paramount executive, she was told she was wasting her "obvious talents" and should go blonde. She did. Though nothing panned out at Paramount, she did manage to film a featured role in an independent film called "Female Jungle" (1954). The film would not be officially released until 1957 to capitalize on Jayne's then super-stardom. After "Female Jungle", Jayne became a contract player at Warner Brothers and landed a small but sexy role in the Jack Webb/Peggy Lee drama "Pete Kelly's Blues" (1955). By this time, Paul Mansfield had become tired of Jayne's ambition and went back to Texas (where Jayne had moved as a child when she was 6) and from here on out it was Jayne and Jayne Marie. Jayne filmed a very small role in the Alan Ladd drama "Hell on Frisco Bay" (1955). Finally, it seemed Jayne hit pay dirt when she filmed a featured and major role in the Edward G. Robinson courtroom drama "Illegal" (1955). Jayne stole the show and even got her name on a few marquees and received good notices as well. Yet, Warner Brothers at this time dropped her contract... something they would regret. While in Pennsylvania in the summer of 1955 to film another indie called "The Burglar" (1957), Jayne auditioned for a Broadway play called "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?". The role called for a beautiful blonde sex symbol and she fitted the bill. Jayne landed the role and overnight a media and public sensation was born. Once seen as a "threat" to Marilyn Monroe, Jayne already proved herself as a hot commodity and gained respect as a legitimate Broadway actress and was no longer a threat but a proven force. 20th Century Fox, also Marilyn Monroe's studio, bought the play just to get Jayne. Returning to Hollywood, along with beau Mickey Hargitay (a sex symbol in his own right as a former Mr. Universe), Jayne filmed three back to back hits, "The Girl Can't Help It" (1956), "The Wayward Bus" (1957), and the film version of "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?" (1957). She rounded out the year of 1957 with "Kiss Them for Me" (1957), co-starring Cary Grant. While "Kiss Them For Me" was not the blockbuster it was meant to be, Jayne realized one of her dreams by working with Cary Grant who she adored as a child. Grant was quoted as saying of Jayne, "A potential Mae West". Jayne received the honor of being the most photographed woman of 1957 and while Monroe's career waned after the box office disappointment of "The Prince and the Showgirl" (1957), Jayne's prospered. She won a 1957 Golden Globe as Most Promising Female Newcomer.

Jayne%20Mansfield7.jpg Jayne Mansfield

Jayne and Hargitay married in a lavish, huge wedding on January 13, 1958. A month later Jayne and Mickey performed in a spectacular Vegas show where Jayne received $25,000 per week, becoming one of the most highly paid entertainers of that era. She moved into a lavish pink mansion once owned by Rudy Vallee. That same year, Jayne filmed what many fans agree to be one of her shining moments, a western called "The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw" (1958). Jayne proved herself a capable comedic actress. She continued work at Fox though it seemed they were at a loss with what to do with this extravagant star. Brassy, wild, and in no need of a press agent, Fox just didn't know how to promote her as Jayne did plenty of promoting herself. They began loaning her out for which they received a quarter of a million dollars while Jayne only received her weekly salary.


Jayne and Mickey had their first child together in 1958. In all, Jayne gave birth to 5 children: Jayne Marie born in 1950, Mickey Jr., born in 1958, Zoltan born in 1960, Mariska born in 1964 and Tony born in 1965. Tony was the offspring of Jayne's union with her third and final husband, Matt Cimber (Mickey and Jayne divorced in 1964).


After the death of Marilyn Monroe, interest in the blonde bombshells began fading. But the public still loved Jayne. They came out in droves to see her plays, nightclub acts, store appearances, and even her home. Though her film career began to appear to have fallen out of favor in the mid-1960s, Jayne still commanded a weekly salary of $8,000-25,000 per week for her nightclub act and she traveled all over the world with it. She was as one fan puts it, "The Madonna of the 1960s".


En route to New Orleans for a talk show appearance, Jayne and then companion Sam Brody, driver Ronnie Harrison, and 3 of her children slammed into the back of a tractor trailer truck early in the morning of June 29, 1967 near Slidell, Louisiana. The children, asleep in the backseat of the car, survived while all three passengers up front, Jayne, Sam, and driver Ronnie were instantly killed. The impact of the crash so was severe that Jayne was virtually scalped. A picture of the accident site falsely created a rumor that Jayne had been decapitated when what appeared to be her head was laying on the dash. In fact, what was on the dash was one of many blonde wigs that Jayne had been wearing at that time.

Jayne is remembered as an icon of the 1950s. A symbol of "sex on the rocks" as Life Magazine put it... as well as an actress, a loving mother, and a true star.


Measurements: 39 1/2-23-36 1/2 (smallest ever measured), 46D-18-36 (largest ever measured), 44D-18-36 (self-described), 46D-23-37 (after having children), 40D-21-35 1/2 (standard for the majority of her career), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine).

Height: 5' 5" (1.66 m)

Nickname: Jaynie


Matt Cimber (24 September 1964 - July 1966) (divorced) 1 child

Mickey Hargitay (13 January 1958 - 26 August 1964) (divorced) 3 children

Paul Mansfield (10 May 1950 - 8 January 1958) (divorced) 1 child

Turned down the role of Ginger Grant in "Gilligan's Island" (1964).

Spoke five languages.

Was a classically trained pianist and violinist.

During the late 1950s, the front bumpers of some American cars came with extensions that resembled the bullet-bra conical brassieres of the period. Soon after their introduction, these extensions were nicknamed Jayne Mansfields.

BendixAviationAd-Dec1943.jpg Bendix Aviation Ad - December 1943

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