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This Day in WWII 17 January 1939 - 1945


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GeneralElectricAd-Jan1943.jpgGeneral Electric Ad - January 1943


1939: The Reich issues an order forbidding Jews to practice as dentists, veterinarians and chemists.


Joan%20Vohs1.jpg *Joan Vohs


1941: During the night, the Italians evacuate Kassala and Gallalabat in the Sudan.


Joan%20Vohs2.jpg Joan Vohs


1942: The last German garrison at Halfaya in Cyrenaica surrenders, with about 5,500 prisoners taken.


1944: First attack toward Cassino, Italy.


Joan%20Vohs3.jpg Joan Vohs


1945: Russians forces cross the Warthe and advance 100-miles on a 160-mile front forcing the Germans to evacuate Warsaw, which falls that same day. The German defenders encircled at Budapest withdraw to Buda on the western bank of the Danube. The Red Army captures Czenstochova.


1945: Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, credited with saving tens of thousands of Jews, disappeared in Hungary while in Soviet custody.


Joan%20Vohs4.jpg Joan Vohs

*Typecast often as a dumb blond, Joan Vohs struggled her entire career to break out of that mold. She did manage partial success, but ultimately dropped out of acting altogether in order to become a full-time mom. She was born Elinor Joan Vohs on the 30th of July 1927 in Queens, New York, was a Rockette at age 16 and a Connover model before any acting for movies or television. Her first several roles were as models, usually of the "dumb blond" ilk. In 1952, she married a businessman, John Stephens, with whom she had two children, William and Laurie.


During the mid-1950s Vohs signed a contract with Paramount Studios, where her career fared much better. She was cast as the suspected French spy Fortune Mallory in the western "Fort Ti" (1953) starring George Montgomery, and played Ruth, the wife of the real-life football star Elroy Hirsch, in "Crazylegs" (also 1953). The following year she had a starring role in Billy Wilder's "Sabrina" (1954), playing Gretchen Van Horn opposite Humphrey Bogart and Audrey Hepburn.


In 1955, she rejected an offer from the producer Hal B. Wallis to play Sonia opposite the top box- office duo Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis in the comedy "Artists and Models", a role that finally fell to Eva Gabor. "The studio saw me as being difficult, I saw it as common sense," Vohs remembered:

"I had had enough of playing fluffy women and wanted something with grit. Unfortunately the studio mogul Adolph Zukor saw things differently and after a fight over better roles I was released from contract."

Joan%20Vohs5.jpg Joan Vohs

Undaunted, she moved into television, where she found a wider variety of roles, appearing in "Frontier", "Maverick", "Perry Mason" and "Hawaiian Eye", as well as traveling to Europe, where she starred in a series of dramatized Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales. Away from a studio, she also began to freelance, playing the lead, Susan Lang, opposite Scott Brady in "Terror at Midnight" (1956), and again in the cult "B" picture "Lure of the Swamp" (1957). These were to be her final two films. After a successful run of guest appearances on the T.V. sitcom "Family Affair," Vohs retired from acting and devoted herself to raising her own family. Joan died on the 4th of June 2001, in Tarzana, California of heart failure.

GeneralElectricAd-Jan1944.jpg General Electric Ad - January 1944

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