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This Day in WWII 27 February 1941 - 1945 *1933


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1941: The first encounter of the Afrika Korps and the British forces.


Leslie%20Brooks1.jpg **Leslie Brooks


1942: British Commandos raid a German radar station at Bruneval on the French coast.


1942: The Battle of the Java Sea begins and continues for three days, during which the Allies, under the command of the Dutch Admiral, Karel Doorman lose five cruisers and six destroyers, while the Japanese lose just 4 transports.


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1943: USAAF bomber aircraft make their first raid on Germany.


1943: Jews working in Berlin armaments industry are sent to Auschwitz.


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1944: About 60,000 Japanese are reported to be trapped in New Britain and New Ireland, in the South West Pacific.


1945: The US 8th Air Force launches another heavy attack against Berlin which devastates the center of the city.


Leslie%20Brooks3.jpg Leslie Brooks


1945: SHAEF reports that spectacular gains by the U.S. First and Ninth Armies on the Cologne Plain have been made.


1945: Under Russian pressure, the Romanian King, Michael I is forced to appoint a Communist government.


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*1933: The burning down of the Reichstag building in Berlin gives the Nazis the opportunity to suspend personal liberty with increased power.


Leslie%20Brooks5.jpg Leslie Brooks


**Leslie Brooks was born Virginia Leslie Gettman in Lincoln, Nebraska on July 13th, 1922. In June of 1941 as Lorraine Gettman, she is one of six starlets widely advertised as "The Navy Blues Sextet," for "Navy Blues". The six beauties, including Marguerite Chapman, Claire James, Peggy Diggins, Kay Aldridge, and Georgia Carroll, are sent to Honolulu for the world premiere, then return to the mainland to make a cross-country junket, starting in Dallas, Texas, and ending in New York City, where Sherman Billingsley gives them a well-publicized party at his famous Stork Club.


As Lorraine Gettman began appearing in movie bit roles in 1941. In 1942 her Warner Bros. contract was sold to Columbia Pictures, goes from brunette to blonde, and becomes Leslie Brooks. In July 1942 she is cited Exhibit A by the California Models Guild in passing a resolution condemning the issuance of two girdles apiece as regular equipment to members of the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps. The Hollywood group says proper exercise and diet would give WAAC women hip lines like those of Leslie.


In November 1943 a pinup in syndicated newspapers shows her pasting war savings stamps on Hitler's map of Europe. The headline reads "Stamping Out the Fuehrer."


In February 1944 is heralded having the "most beautiful legs in America" by the Hosiery Designers of America.


Brooks started landing more sizable parts in such programs as "Nine Girls" (1944) and "Cover Girl" (1944). She was also seen to good advantage in Columbia's series films (The Whistler, Crime Doctor, et al.). Leslie Brooks retired from films in 1949.


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Her first husband, Donald Anthony Shay, was an actor and ex-marine. They married in Beverly Hills. He was 24; she was 22. Her daughter with Shay, Leslie Victoria, was born November 8, 1945 in Los Angeles. Brooks files for divorce from Shay in 1948. Brooks hits the news battling for custody of her two-and-a-half year-old daughter, Victoria, in court in Los Angeles. Her estranged husband, Shay, alleges his wife gave the child intoxicants at parties. His brother, Jack, testifies Victoria had "seven or eight swallows" from her mother's glass at a party and was "very cute and dizzy." Leslie denies this but admits giving the daughter an occasional sip of beer diluted in water. "Beer is not good for babies," Superior Judge Mildred L. Lillie tells her. Victoria's paternal grandmother, Mrs. Alice Shay, is given custody of the girl until Leslie hires a competent nurse housekeeper. Shay is directed to pay $350 monthly for support of his wife and child pending trial of the divorce suit.


On November 11th, 1948 she is granted divorce from Shay in Los Angeles. Superior Judge Ingall W. Bull says about Shay: "This court has no doubt but that this is a case in which a worthless husband used the love of a mother for a child to extort money from the mother. Certainly the husband is guilty of a criminal conspiracy." The whereabouts of Shay and his 3-year-old daughter is unknown, his attorney says. A warrant is outstanding against Shay, charging he took the child last July when Leslie had custody pending the divorce trial. Bull gives Leslie an order for full custody of Victoria. She is also granted $100 a month child support, $200 a month alimony and title to all community property. On December 15th, 1949 receives her final divorce decree but still hasn't found her 4-year-old daughter. Her attorney says that Shay is believed to have taken the child to New Zealand. Shay also is missing.


She then married actor Russ Vincent in 1950, whom she met while filming "Blonde Ice" in 1948. He will become a successful Hollywood land developer. The couple had 3 children. Daughter Dorena Marla born August 18, 1954; Daughter Gina L. born April 6, 1956; Daughter Darla R. born April 30, 1960 (all born in Los Angeles). At some point after her daughters were born, she went to live in Hawaii with her family. She died on July 1, 2011, at the age of 88, in Sherman Oaks, California.


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