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This Day in WWII 4 October 1939 - 1944

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WinchesterAd-Oct1942.jpgWinchester Ad - October 1942

 

1939: Nazis begin euthanasia on sick and disabled in Germany.

 

Susan%20Cabot1.jpg *Susan Cabot

 

1940: Mussolini and Hitler meet at the Brenner Pass.

 

1940: Admiralty announces recent sinking of seven German and two Italian submarines.

 

Susan%20Cabot2.jpg Susan Cabot

 

1942: A Commando raid on Occupied Sark, in Channel Islands capture's one German soldier.

 

1942: The fourth German offensive begins in Stalingrad as the XIV Panzer Corps launches an attack in force to capture the Tractor Factory in the northern part of the city.

 

Susan%20Cabot3.jpg Susan Cabot

 

1943: Organized British resistance ends on Kos. The French complete their take over of Corsica.

 

1943: Himmler talks openly about the Final Solution at Posen.

 

WinchesterAd-Oct1943.jpg Winchester Ad - October 1943

 

1944: German minister of propaganda Joseph Goebbels tells the German public that the Allies are launching an offensive in an attempt to end the war before the November election. The Germans, he says, must use guerrilla tactics, if necessary, to resist their enemies.

 

Susan%20Cabot4.jpg Susan Cabot

 

1944: The Russian 46th Army is within 10 miles of Belgrade.

 

1944: The British launch Operation 'Manna', and intervene in Greece, with 2nd Airborne Brigade landing at Patras. Other landings take on Crete and other Islands in the Aegean.

 

Susan%20Cabot5.jpg Susan Cabot

 

*Born Harriet Shapiro on July 9, 1927 to a Russian Jewish family in Boston, Massachusetts, Cabot's early life was one of turmoil, and she was raised in eight different foster homes. She completed her education in New York, New York, and found employment as an illustrator. She supplemented her income by working as a singer, and also worked in theater.

 

She attended high school in Manhattan, where she took an interest in dramatics and joined the school dramatic club. Later, while trying to decide between a career in music or art, she illustrated children's books during the day and sang at Manhattan's Village Barn at night. It was at this same time that she made her film debut as an extra in Fox's New York-made "Kiss of Death" (1947) and worked in New York-based television. Max Arnow, a casting director for Columbia Pictures, spotted Cabot at the Village Barn, and a co-starring role in that studio's B-grade South Seas drama "On the Isle of Samoa" (1950) resulted. While in Hollywood, Cabot was also signed for the role of an Indian maiden in Universal's "Tomahawk" (1951) with Van Heflin. Subsequently signed to an exclusive contract by Universal, Cabot co-starred in a long string of films opposite leading men like John Lund, Tony Curtis and Audie Murphy. Inevitably, she became fed up with the succession of Western and Arabian Nights roles, asked for a release from her Universal pact, and accepted an offer from Harold Robbins to star in his play "A Stone for Danny Fisher" in New York. Roger Corman lured her back to Hollywood to play the lead in the melodramatic rock'n'roller "Carnival Rock" (1957) and she stayed on to star in five more films for the enterprising young producer-director. After a highly publicized 1959 fling with Jordan's King Hussein, Cabot divided her time between TV work and roles in stage plays and musicals. She was invited to return to Hollywood and appeared in a few more films, including "The Wasp Woman" in 1960, her final film role.

 

Susan%20Cabot6.jpg Susan Cabot

 

Cabot first married in 1944 to Martin Sacker. They divorced in 1951. In 1959, she began a relationship with King Hussein of Jordan. The couple was engaged, but broke up after King Hussein discovered that Cabot was Jewish.

 

In 1968, she married second husband Michael Roman with whom she had one son, Timothy Scott Roman, before divorcing in 1983. On December 10, 1986, Cabot's son, Timothy Scott Roman, who suffered from dwarfism and psychological problems. He bludgeoned her to death while she slept with a weight-lifting bar in the bedroom of her Encino home. He was charged with involuntary manslaughter but cited years of mental and physical abuse by her as his defense. He received a three-year suspended sentence and was placed on probation for the crime.

 

TRIVIA:

Height: 5' 2" (1.57 m)

Married at the age of 17 in order to escape her sad and transient childhood, which included eight different foster homes.

In 1968, she married her second husband, actor Michael Roman, but the marriage broke up in the early 1980s, in part due to Cabot's increasing mental fragility and paranoia. Cabot had reportedly been taking a growth hormone prescribed for her son, possibly a factor in heightening her mental illness.

 

WesternCartridgeCompanyAd-Oct1943.jpg Western Cartridge Company Ad - October 1943

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