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This Day in WWII 8 September 1939 - 1945

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ListerineAntisepticAd-Sept1944.jpgLambert Pharmacal Company Ad - September 1944

1939: Polish defenders of the Westerplatte at Danzig surrender after a week of continuous bombardment. The Polish government leaves Warsaw for Lublin, while its forces surrounded at Radom face a hopeless situation.

 

1939: At Bedzin, 200 Jews are burned alive in a synagogue by the Germans who charge Poles with the crime, and then execute 30 of them in a public square.

 

1939: Australia passes the National Security act. Earl Page steps down as Australia's Country Party Leader, to be replaced by Archie Cameron.

 

Arlene%20Dahl1.jpg *Arlene Dahl

 

1940: RAF Bomber Command attacks concentrate on disrupting the German invasion effort. The Luftwaffe attacks London between dusk-to-dawn. 20 people are killed as an aerial torpedo hits an East End block of flats. Total casualties are estimated at 286 killed and 1,400 seriously injured.

 

1940: National 'day of prayer' proclaimed in Britain.

 

Arlene%20Dahl2.jpg Arlene Dahl

 

1941: Leningrad is now completely surrounded after German troops close the land bridge at Schluesselburg. The Russians announce gains near Smolensk and claim eight German divisions have been beaten.

 

1942: Twelve British merchant seamen are awarded Russian decorations.

 

ChampionSparkPlugAd-Sept1944.jpg Champion Spark Plugs Ad - September 1944

 

1942: Japanese advance from Kokoda to Owen Stanley Ridge in an overland drive for Port Moresby, New Guinea.

 

1943: Eisenhower announces the Italian unconditional surrender. German reserves are rushed to Italy in the wake of the cease-fire between the Badoglio government and the Allies.

 

Arlene%20Dahl3.jpg Arlene Dahl

 

1944: The first V2 rockets hit London and Paris from mobile bases in Holland.

 

1944: Canadians take Ostend, while the U.S. First Army take Liege, just 20 miles from the German border.

 

ChampionSparkPlugAd-Sept1945.jpg Champion Spark Plugs Ad - September 1945

 

1944: Russian troops enter Bulgaria unopposed as the Bulgarian's declare war on Germany.

 

1944: The U.S. Fifth Army launches an assault against the Gothic Line.

 

Arlene%20Dahl4.jpg Arlene Dahl

 

1945: The first American troops enter Tokyo itself. MacArthur enters Tokyo.

 

1945: Korea is partitioned by the Soviet Union and the United States.

 

Arlene%20Dahl5.jpg Arlene Dahl

 

*Stunning redhead Arlene Dahl was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on August 11, 1928, the daughter of Idelle (née Swan) and Rudolph S. Dahl, a Ford motor dealer and executive. She is of Norwegian descent. After graduating from Washburn High School, she held various jobs, including performing in a local drama group and briefly working as a model for department stores. Dahl's mother was involved in the theatre. As a child she took elocution and dancing lessons and acted in local amateur theatre. She was active in theatrical events at Margaret Fuller Elementary School, Ramsey Junior High School and Washburn Senior High School. Dahl briefly attended the University of Minnesota.

 

Early on, Dahl cultivated an interest in acting, and after completing high school she supported herself by working as a department store model. By the mid 1940s, she had made her way to Broadway, and in 1946 she signed a contract with Warner Bros. Her tenure at Warner Bros. was short-lived, with her only role coming in the 1947 release "My Wild Irish Rose". However, the following year she went to MGM, where she was soon cast in such films as "A Southern Yankee" (1948; with Red Skelton and Brian Donlevy) and "No Questions Asked" (1951; with Barry Sullivan).

 

Arlene%20Dahl6.jpg Arlene Dahl

 

Although her beauty captivated audiences, it ultimately limited her to claimer roles, and the mark she made at MGM was small. Some of her best films were: "Reign of Terror" (1949), "Three Little Words" (1950), "Woman's World" (1954/I), "Slightly Scarlet" (1956), and "Journey to the Center of the Earth" (1959).

 

Leaving films behind her in 1959, her typecasting would pay off financially as she became a beauty columnist and writer. She later established herself as a business woman, founding Arlene Dahl Enterprises which marketed lingerie and cosmetics.

 

She was married six times; her husbands included actors Lex Barker and Fernando Lamas. She is the mother of actor / action star Lorenzo Lamas, and actually made a guest appearance in his film "Night of the Warrior" (1991).

 

TRIVIA:

Measurements: 35-22 1/2-35 (starlet 1950), 38-25-37 (as a self-proclaimed "Size 10" in 1976) (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)

Height: 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Spouse:

Marc Rosen (30 July 1984 - present)

Rounsevelle W. Schaum (7 December 1969 - 1976) (divorced) 1 child

Alexis Lichine (23 December 1964 - 1969) (divorced)

Chris Holmes (15 October 1960 - 13 October 1964) (divorced) 1 child

Fernando Lamas (25 June 1954 - 1960) (divorced) 1 child

Lex Barker (16 April 1951 - 15 October 1952) (divorced)

Rheingold Beer Girl of 1946.

Her granddaughter Shayne Lamas was a contestant on 'The Bachelor: London Calling' and was chosen at the end by bachelor Matt Grant.

 

 

UnitedAircraftCorporationAd-Sept1945.jpg United Aircraft Corporation Ad - September 1945

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