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This Day in WWII 4 November 1939 - 1943

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HigginsIndustriesAd-Nov1942.jpgHiggins Industries Ad - November 1942

 

1939: The United States modified its neutrality stance in World War II to allow ''cash and carry'' purchases of arms by belligerents, a policy favoring Britain and France.

 

1939: Rear-Admiral Hugh Sinclair, head of British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), died of cancer. Succeeded by his deputy, Colonel Stewart Menzies.

 

Janet%20Leigh1.jpg *Janet Leigh

 

1941: Finnish forces capture the Baltic naval base of Hangö that Finland was compelled to lease to the Soviets in 1940.

 

1941: Units of 11th Army capture Fedosia in the Crimea.

 

Janet%20Leigh2.jpg Janet Leigh

 

1942: The Italian 20th Motorized is destroyed. Rommel re-issues his orders for retreat with only 12 tanks left. 10,724 Axis prisoners are taken by the British, including nine generals.

 

Janet%20Leigh3.jpg Janet Leigh

 

1943: Quote from Nazi newspaper, Der Stürmer, published by Julius Streicher - "It is actually true that the Jews have, so to speak, disappeared from Europe and that the Jewish 'Reservoir of the East' from which the Jewish pestilence has for centuries beset the peoples of Europe has ceased to exist. But the Führer of the German people at the beginning of the war prophesied what has now come to pass."

 

NavyRecuitmentAd-Nov1942.jpg US Navy Recruitment Ad - November 1942

 

1943: The U.S. Fifth Army captures Isernia, 50 miles North of Naples and links up with Eighth Army moving North West from Foggia. US casualties in Mediterranean since the landings in North Africa is given as 31,126.

 

1943: A Russian breakout to the North of Kiev is achieved with their tank army's driving throughout the night.

 

Janet%20Leigh4.jpg Janet Leigh

 

*Janet Leigh was born Jeanette Helen Morrison on July 6, 1927, in Merced, California. Janet Leigh was the only child of a couple who often moved from town to town. Living in apartments, Janet was a bright child who skipped several grades and finished high school when she was 15. A lonely child, she would spend much of her time at movie theaters. She was a student, studying music and psychology, at the University of the Pacific until she was "discovered" while visiting her parents in Northern California. Her father was working the desk at a ski resort where her mother worked as a maid. Retired MGM actress Norma Shearer saw a picture of Janet on the front desk and asked if she could borrow it. This led to a screen test at MGM and a starring role in "The Romance of Rosy Ridge" (1947). MGM was looking for a young naive country girl and Janet filled the bill perfectly. She would play the young ingénue in a number of films and work with such stars as Errol Flynn, Gary Cooper, James Stewart, Orson Welles and Judy Garland. She appeared in a number of successful films, including "Little Women" (1949), "Angels in the Outfield" (1951), "Scaramouche" (1952), "Houdini" (1953) and "The Black Shield of Falworth" (1954), among others. Janet would appear in a variety of films, from comedies to westerns to musicals to dramas. Of her more than 50 movies, she would be remembered for the 45 minutes that she was on the screen in the small-budget thriller "Psycho" (1960). Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, this 1960 classic would include the shower scene that would become a film landmark. Even though her character is killed off early in the picture, she would be nominated for an Academy Award and receive a Golden Globe. Her next film would be "The Manchurian Candidate" (1962), in which she starred with Frank Sinatra. For the rest of the decade, her appearances in films would be rare, but she worked with Paul Newman in "Harper" (1966). In the 1970s she appeared on the small screen in a number of made-for-TV movies.

 

Janet%20Leigh5.jpg Janet Leigh

 

At the age of 16, Janet Leigh married John Kenneth Carlisle in 1943. The marriage was annulled the same year. She married Stanley Reames in 1946 and they were divorced in 1948.

 

Leigh married her third husband, Tony Curtis, on June 4, 1951. They had two children, Kelly and Jamie Lee, both who subsequently became actresses. Following their divorce in 1962, Leigh married stockbroker Robert Brandt in Las Vegas. They remained married until her death.

 

She served on the board of directors of the Motion Picture and Television Foundation, a medical-services provider for actors.

 

Leigh was awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California on May 14, 2004.

 

Leigh died at her home on October 3, 2004, after suffering cardiac arrest. She suffered from vasculitis and peripheral neuropathy, which caused her right hand to become gangrenous.

 

TRIVIA:

Measurements: 36C-21-36 (in 1953), 35 1/2-23-36 (measured in 1960s), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)

Height: 5' 5 1/2" (1.66 m)

She and her actress daughter Jamie Lee Curtis appear together in John Carpenter's The Fog (1980), though they do not meet until the film's end. They also appear together in Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998) early in the film when Janet reports to Jamie on a problem with the girls' shower at a private school.

 

FisherBodyAd-Nov1943.jpg Fisher Body Ad - November 1943

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