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This Day in WWII 23 September 1939 - 1945


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PhilcoCorporationAd-Sept1942.jpgPhilco Corporation Ad - September 1942

 

 

1939: German Jews are forbidden to own wireless (radio) sets.

 

1940: New rations announced in Vichy France as 350g of bread, 300g of sugar, 50g of cheese, 360g of meat per day and 100g of fat per week.

 

Corinne%20Calvet1.jpg *Corinne Calvet

 

 

1940: 129 RAF bombers attack industrial targets in Berlin this night, but are mostly ineffectual.

 

1940: A British/Free French attempt to capture Dakar in Vichy French West Africa fails when the staunchly pro Vichy garrison fights back, inflicting damage on the invasion fleet, causing it to abort.

 

Corinne%20Calvet2.jpgCorinne Calvet

 

 

1942: Field Marshal Rommel takes a medical leave and hands over command to General von Thoma. British troops occupy the capital of Madagascar.

 

1942: Wendell Willkie, 1940 Republican presidential candidate, confers with Stalin and calls for a second front at the earliest possible moment.

 

1942: Soviet counterattacks to dislodge German advance units near the Volga landing stage are unsuccessful.

 

Corinne%20Calvet3.jpgCorinne Calvet

 

 

1943: The Red Army captures Poltava.

 

1944: An RAF precision bombing raid using 12,000lb bombs, breach the crucial Dortmund-Ems Canal.

 

Corinne%20Calvet4.jpg Corinne Calvet

 

 

1944: The Canadians win a bridgehead over the Escaut Canal.

 

1944: Russian and Romanian troops enter Hungary at Arad.

 

Corinne%20Calvet5.jpgCorinne Calvet

 

1945: General Dwight Eisenhower decrees that any German citizen caught helping the Nazis or deliberately hindering the Allies will face the death penalty if convicted. Eisenhower also bans the Nazi Party and voids most Nazi laws throughout occupied Germany.

 

Corinne%20Calvet6.jpgCorinne Calvet

 

1945: The first American dies in Vietnam during the fall of Saigon to French forces.

 

Corinne%20Calvet7.jpgCorinne Calvet

 

 

*Corinne Calvet was a French actress who appeared mostly in American films. Born Corinne Dibos in Paris, Calvet studied criminal law at the Sorbonne and made her debut in French radio, stage plays and cinema in the 1940s before being brought to Hollywood in the 1940s by producer Hal Wallis. He cast her in "Rope of Sand" (1949) opposite Burt Lancaster and Paul Henreid.

 

In the 1950s, Calvet appeared in a string of films, usually playing French characters, opposite such leading men as Danny Kaye (On the Riviera), Joseph Cotten (Peking Express), James Cagney (What Price Glory?), James Stewart (The Far Country), Alan Ladd (Thunder in the East), Tony Curtis (So This Is Paris) and Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis (Sailor Beware).

 

She made a rare television appearance on the Colgate Comedy Hour with Donald O'Connor on February 3, 1952, televised nationwide by NBC.

She continued to act in Italian and French productions as well as making appearances on American television series, with occasional roles in films. Her last film was in "The Sword and the Sorcerer" (1982).

 

Corinne%20Calvet8.jpgCorinne Calvet

 

 

In her memoir, entitled "Has Corinne Been a Good Girl?" (1983), she stated that the roles she played for Hollywood studios never challenged her acting ability.

 

Calvet was married three times. Her first marriage was to actor John Bromfield (1948 - 17 March 1954), who had co-starred with her in "Rope of Sand" and who, she claimed had been ordered to marry her by his studio. She then married Jeffrey Stone (1955 - 1962) and Robert J. Wirt (1968 October 1971). All three marriages ended in divorce. She died June 23, 2001 (aged 76) in Los Angeles of a cerebral hemorrhage.

 

TRIVIA:

Measurements: 36-23-35 1/2 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)

Height: 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Has a son, Robin, by former husband, actor/writer Jeffrey Stone.

 

PhilcoCorporationAd-Sept1943.jpgPhilco Corporation Ad - September 1943

 

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