Posts Tagged ‘WWII May’

Sep 01

NBC Words At War Episode 17 “Eighty-Three Days: The Survival Of Seaman Izzi“

NBC Words At War Episode 17 “Eighty-Three Days: The Survival Of Seaman Izzi“ Released October 5, 1943.

Words At War, the series that brings you radio versions of the leading war books brings today the story of Seaman Second Class, Basil Dominic Izzy and his companions and their 83 day odyssey aboard a life raft in the middle of the ocean. This is their story. At about 4.30 in the afternoon of November 2nd 1942 a fast Dutch cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk a few hundred miles off the coast of South America. Only a few of the 400 men aboard the ship survived and this is their story.

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May 31

World War II Today: May 31

World War II Today: May 31 - Events that occurred on this day during WWII that influenced that course of the Second World War:→ Read more

May 30

World War II Today: May 30

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May 29

NBC Words At War Episode 79 “It’s Always Tomorrow“

Words At War “It’s Always Tomorrow“ Released January 3, 1945.

Words At War, the series that brings you radio versions of the leading war book another adaptation of an important war book, “The It’s Always Tomorrow”. A hard-hitting book about the men and women of bomb-battered England.” A well-done portrait of the British people at war.

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May 29

Betty Grable WWII Pin Up

Elizabeth Ruth Grable ( Betty Grable) was born on December 18, 1916, in St. Louis, Missouri. Her mother Lillian was a stubborn and materialistic woman who was determined to make her daughter a star. Elizabeth, who later became Betty, was enrolled in Clark’s Dancing School at the age of three. With her mother’s guidance, Betty studied ballet and tap dancing. At 13, Betty and her mother set out for Hollywood with the hopes of stardom. Lillian lied about her daughter’s age, and Ruth landed several minor parts in films in 1930, such as “Whoopee!” (1930), “New Movietone Follies of 1930” (1930), “Happy Days” (1929/I) and “Let’s Go Places” (1930). In 1932 she signed with RKO Pictures. The bit parts continued for the next three years. Betty finally landed a substantial part in “By Your Leave” (1934). One of her big roles was in “College Swing” (1938). Unfortunately, the public didn’t seem to take notice. She was beginning to think she was a failure. The next year she married former child star Jackie Coogan. His success boosted hers, but they divorced in 1940. When she landed the role of Glenda Crawford in “Down Argentine Way” (1940), the public finally took notice of this shining bright star. Stardom came through comedies such as “Coney Island” (1943) and “Sweet Rosie O’Grady” (1943).

The public was enchanted with Betty. Her famous pin-up pose during World War II adorned barracks all around the world. With that pin-up and as the star of lavish musicals, Betty became the highest-paid star in Hollywood. After the war, her star continued to rise. In 1947 the US Treasury Department noted that she was the highest paid star in America, earning about $300,000 a year – a phenomenal sum even by today’s standards. Later, 20th Century-Fox, who had her under contract, insured her legs with Lloyds of London for a million dollars. Betty continued to be popular until the mid-50s, when musicals went into a decline. Her last film was “How to Be Very, Very Popular” (1955). She then concentrated on Broadway and nightclubs. In 1965 she divorced band leader Harry James, whom she had wed in 1943. Betty died July 2, 1973, of lung cancer at age 56 in Santa Monica, California. Her funeral was held July 5, 1973, 30 years to the day after her marriage to Harry James – who, in turn, died on what would have been his and Grable’s 40th anniversary, July 5, 1983. Her life was an active one, devoid of the scandals that plagued many stars in one way or another. In reality, she cared for her family and the family life more than stardom. In that way, she was a true star.’

Betty Grable TRIVIA:

Betty Grable’s measurements: 34 1/2-24-36 (self-described 1940), 36-24-35 (at time of her famous WWII pin-up poster), 36-23-35 (at a fit 112# in 1958), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)

Height: 5′ 4″ (1.63 m)

Wore size 5A shoes. (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)

Had a relationship with George Raft for 2-1/2 years, and ended it because he could not get a divorce from his Catholic wife.

Was a somnambulist (sleep-walker)

Did Playtex 18-hour Shortie commercials in the 1960s using her famous pinup pose — purportedly because she needed the money after her husband had spent her savings.

She and Harry James had two daughters, Victoria Elizabeth James (b. March 3, 1944) and Jessica James (b. May 20, 1947).

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May 29

World War II Today: May 29

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May 28

Joan Dixon WWII Pinup

Joan Dixon was born in Norfolk, Virginia on June 6, 1930. She is known for her role in the film noir, "Roadblock" (1951).→ Read more

May 27

World War II Today: May 27

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May 26

WWII – Pennsylvania Railroad Troop Train Ad

World War II Pennsylvania Railroad Troop Train Ad. These boys know what it means - the troop train is approaching the troop ships.→ Read more

May 26

World War II Today: May 26

World War II Today: May 26 - Events that occurred on this day during WWII that influenced that course of the Second World War:→ Read more