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This Day in WWII 20 December 1939 - 1944


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AmericanTruckingIndustryAd-Dec1942.jpgAmerican Trucking Industry Ad - December 1942

 

1939: Captain Langsdorff of Admiral Graf Spee commits suicide.

 

1939: The Russians cease their attacks at Summa, leaving Finnish forces in control of the whole Mannerheim defensive line, except the Oinala Bulge.

 

Sheree%20North1.jpg *Sheree North

 

1940: The Luftwaffe continues its attacks against British cities, this time hitting Liverpool.

 

1940: Two Spitfires of No. 66 Sqn carry out the first Rhubarb low-level fighter operations during an attack on Le Touquet, France.

 

1940: No Italian troops are now left on Egyptian soil, except as prisoners.

 

Sheree%20North2.jpg Sheree North

 

1941: Admiral Royal E. Ingersoll takes over command of the Atlantic Fleet, from Admiral Ernest J. King who is appointed as Commander, US Navy.

 

1941: Propaganda Minister, Josef Goebbels broadcasts an appeal for winter clothing for the German troops on the eastern front.

 

Sheree%20North3.jpg Sheree North

 

1941: German forces of Army Group Centre retreating from before Moscow reach a new defensive line more than 100km to the west, where, following strict orders by Hitler, they are to stand and fight off any further Soviet advances.

 

1941: The Flying Tigers, American pilots in China, enter combat against the Japanese over Kunming.

 

DesotoAd-Dec1943.jpg Desoto Ad - December 1943

 

1942: The navigation and bombing radar aid ' Oboe' is used operationally for the first time by Bomber Command. First used by Mosquitoes of No.109 Sqn.

 

1942: The Japanese bomb Calcutta for the first time.

 

Sheree%20North4.jpg Sheree North

 

1943: The heaviest raid of war on Frankfurt with more than 2,000 tons dropped by RAF. Mosquito raiders follow half an hour later to hamper the fire fighters efforts.

 

1943: Franco disbands Falangist (Fascist) Militia in Spain.

 

1943: Soviet forces halt a German army trying to relieve the besieged city of Stalingrad.

 

Sheree%20North5.jpg Sheree North

 

1943: US counter intelligence reports the smashing of a Nazi spy ring in Sicily. A 19-year-old ringleader 'Grammatico' and 27 others are arrested.

 

1943: De Lattre de Tassigny meets de Gaulle in Algiers before taking command of 'Army B', for liberation of France.

 

1943: The British reach the Maungdaw plain in Arakan, Burma.

 

Sheree%20North6.jpg Sheree North

 

1944: In their torturous advance toward the Meuse river, armoured units of 6th SS Panzer Army capture Stavelot, searching for allied fuel dumps to replenish their nearly exhausted supplies of gasoline.

 

Sheree%20North7.jpg Sheree North

 

*Sheree was born Dawn Shirley Crang on January 17, 1932 in Los Angeles California. At about age 10 she started dancing and then in her teens she turned her attention to modeling. In 1948 at age 15, she married Fred Bessire and they had a daughter. However the marriage didn't last long and ended in divorce in 1953. In 1955, she would marry again, but this marriage, too would end in divorce a year later. Her third marriage produced a second daughter, but also ended in divorce in 1963.

 

When 20th Century Fox was having troubles with their temperamental star, Marilyn Monroe, they were on the lookout for someone who could fill her shoes---and they found a blond that could, at least, fill her clothes. It was discovered that Sheree North had the same measurements as Marilyn. This gave the powers that be at 20th Century Fox, a bargaining chip, or so they thought, to get Marilyn to curtail her "bad behavior" of being late to the movie set or simply not showing up at all.

 

In 1954, Sheree was cast in a film called "How to Be Very, Very Popular", a movie that "temperamental" Marilyn simply refused to act in and this began a series of films by the studio meant to give Marilyn some competition, films like "The Lieutenant Wore Skirts", "The Best Things in Life Are Free" and "No Down Payment". After these films were completed, the studio decided that Sheree wasn't the successor to Marilyn's title, instead that would go to another hot blond property by the name of Jayne Mansfield.

 

In 1958, Sheree's contract with 20th Century Fox ended and she moved on act in other movies and even landing roles on TV shows. She was nominated in 1976 for an Emmy for her performance in an episode in Marcus Welby, MD, then again in 1980 for her performance in an episode of" Archie Bunker's Place". She continued working right on through the 1980's doing guest appearances in shows like "The Golden Girls", where she as cast as Blanche's (Rue McClanahan) sister, Virginia and in the 1990's she had a role on TV's "Seinfeld" as Kramer's mother where she revealed his first name as being "Cosmo". she played Lou Grant's spunky girlfriend on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show".

 

Sheree died November 4, 2005 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center from complications associated with cancer surgery.

 

TRIVIA:

Measurements: 35 1/2-23 1/2-35 1/2 (measured in 1955), 37-24-38 (early 1970s), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)

Height: 5' 4 1/2" (1.64 m)

Spouse:

Dr. Gerhardt Sommer (17 December 1958 - 27 May 1963) (divorced) 1 child

John M. Freeman (20 February 1955 - ?)

Fred Bessire (1948 - 1952) (divorced) 1 child

Philip Norman (? - 4 November 2005) (her death)

ChryslerCorporationAd-Dec1944.jpg Chrysler Corporation Ad - December 1944

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