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This Day in WWII 22 October 1939 - 1944


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BoeingAd-October1943.jpgBoeing Ad - October 1943

 

 

1939: "Elections" are held in Soviet-occupied Poland now called "Western Byelorussia" and "Western Ukraine." The USSR confiscates all property including bank accounts, and replaces Polish currency with the ruble. Poles are fired from their jobs and thrown into jail as the NKVD compiles lists for deportation. Factories, hospitals, schools, are dismantled and shipped to the USSR. Polish education and language is phased out; libraries are closed and books burned. Churches are destroyed and priests arrested. Even the wearing of crosses is forbidden. Owning a typewriter is now a crime.

1940: On a convoy in the North Atlantic, Royal Canadian Navy destroyer Margaree collides with freighter Port Fairy in poor visibility, 400 miles west of Ireland. It is the first convoy mission for the destroyer, and 140 lives are lost.

 

Gina%20Lollobrigida1.jpg*Gina Lollobrigida

 

1940: British Ambassador in Moscow Sir Stafford Cripps tries to woo Russians with three-point co-operation plan.

1940: Deportation of 29,000 German Jews from Baden, the Saar, and Alsace-Lorraine into Vichy France.

 

Gina%20Lollobrigida2.jpgGina Lollobrigida

 

1941: 50 hostages shot in Nantes, France as reprisal for assassination of the German military commander. 50 more to die if the assassin isn't caught. German Major shot in Bordeaux 100 arrested, 50 shot immediately.

1941: Russian partisans explode a bomb at Odessa, killing several Romanian and German officers and soldiers. Romanian Dictator Ion Antonescu orders two hundred Russians executed for every officer killed and one hundred Russians executed for every enlisted man killed.

 

Gina%20Lollobrigida3.jpgGina Lollobrigida

 

BoeingAd-October1944.jpgBoeing Ad - October 1944

 

1942: SS put down a revolt at Sachsenhausen by a group of Jews about to be sent to Auschwitz.

1943: The Germans publish a plan to kidnap Hitler, which was allegedly drawn up by the Italians.

 

Gina%20Lollobrigida4.jpgGina Lollobrigida

 

1943: Operation 'Corona' (the jamming of German night-fighter communications) begins during an RAF raid on Kassel.

1944: The Red Army continues its drive west and captures several towns near the Russian German border.

 

Gina%20Lollobrigida5.jpgGina Lollobrigida

 

*Gina Lollobrigida was born in Subiaco, Italy on July 4, 1927. Gina, destined to be called "The Most Beautiful Woman in the World," possibly had St. Brigid as part of her surname. She was the daughter of a furniture manufacturer, and grew up in the pictorial mountain village. The young Gina did some modeling, and from there went on to participate successfully in several beauty contests. In 1947 she entered a beauty competition for Miss Italy, but came in third. The winner was Lucia Bosé (born 1931) who would go on to appear in over 50 movies, and the first runner-up was Gianna Maria Canale (born 1927), who would appear in almost 50 films. After appearing in a half-dozen films in Italy, it was rumored that in 1947 film tycoon Howard Hughes had her flown to Hollywood; however, this did not result in her staying America, and she returned to Italy (her Hollywood breakout movie wouldn't come until six years later in the John Huston film "Beat the Devil" (1953)). Back in Italy, in 1949, Gina married Milko Skofic, a Yugoslavian doctor, and they had one son (they would be married for 22 years, until they divorced in 1971). As her film roles and national popularity increased, Gina was tagged "The Most Beautiful Woman in the World", after her signature movie, La donna più bella del mondo (Beautiful But Dangerous - 1955). Gina was nicknamed la "Lollo," as she embodied the prototype of Italian beauty. Her earthy looks and short "tossed salad" hairdo were especially influential, and in fact there's a type of curly lettuce named "lollo" in honor of her cute hairdo.

 

Gina%20Lollobrigida6.jpgGina Lollobrigida

 

She made another notable appearance in "Trapeze" with Burt Lancaster in 1956 and starred in "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" the same year. In 1959 she co-starred with Frank Sinatra in "Never So Few" and with Yul Brynner in "Solomon and Sheba". The latter was notable for having Brynner replace Tyrone Power (who died during filming), for being the last film directed by King Vidor, and for an orgy scene extremely licentious for Hollywood motion pictures of that era.

In 1961 she made one of her most popular films, "Come September", with Rock Hudson, for which she won the Golden Globe as "World Film Favorite." She co-starred with him again in 1965's "Strange Bedfellows" and appeared alongside Alec Guinness in 1966's "Hotel Paradiso". In 1968 she starred in the enjoyable "Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell" with Shelley Winters, Phil Silvers, and Telly Savalas, the plot of which is the basis for the stage musical "Mamma Mia!". For this role she was nominated for a Golden Globe.

Lollobrigida co-starred with Bob Hope in the comedy "The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell" and also accompanied Hope on his visits to military troops overseas.

By the 1970s her film career had wound down. She appeared in only a few poorly received productions in the early part of the decade. In the mid 80s, she starred in "Falcon Crest" as Francesca Gioberti, a role originally written for Sophia Loren who turned it down. She also had a supporting role in the TV mini series "Deceptions" in 1985 with Stephanie Powers.

In 1986, she was the head of the jury at the Berlin International Film Festival which awarded the Golden Bear to Reinhard Hauff's film Stammheim, although she herself, infringing the Festival rules, distanced herself publicly from the decision, claiming the decision had been made for political reasons[1]. She made a few minor film appearances in the 1990s.

In the 1970s Gina was seen in only a few films, as she took a break from acting and concentrated on another career: photography. Among her subjects were Paul Newman, Salvador Dalí and the German national soccer team. A skilled photographer, Gina had a collection of her work, "Italia Mia," published in 1973. In June, 1999, she turned to politics and ran, unsuccessfully, for one of Italy's 87 European Parliament seats, from her hometown of Subiaco. Gina was also a corporate executive for fashion and cosmetics companies. As she told "Parade" magazine in April, 2000: "I studied painting and sculpting at school and became an actress by mistake." (We're glad she made that "mistake.") Gina went on to say: "I've had many lovers and still have romances. I am very spoiled. All my life, I've had too many admirers."

TRIVIA:
Measurements: 35 1/2-20-35 1/2 (competing in Miss Italy pagaent - 1947), 36- 22- 35 (self-described- 1955), 37-21-35 1/2 (studio fittings 1956-57), 34-23 1/2-34 (measured in 1985), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)

Height: 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Nickname:
The Mona Lisa of the Twentieth Century
La Lollo

 

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