|on the go . . .|
early tin toy 1930's ?
|Camille et Juliette|
nées le 1er Juillet
elles sont les petites filles de Marie-Jo
et Bernard Vilars. . .
(Camille est en rose et Juliette en blanc)
heureux de vous recevoir avec tendresse sur notre belle planète. . .
© 2011 vilars
"Marlene Dietrich, motion picture actress, autographs the cast on the leg of Tec 4 Earl E. McFarland at a United States hospital in Belgium, where she has been entertaining the GIs." Tuttle, November 24, 1944. 111-SC-232989.
Dietrich was known to have strong political convictions and the mind to speak them. In interviews, Dietrich stated that she had been approached by representatives of the Nazi Party to return to Germany, but had turned them down flat. Dietrich, a staunch anti-Nazi, became an American citizen in 1939. In December 1941, the U.S. entered World War II, and Dietrich became one of the first celebrities to raise war bonds. She toured the US from January 1942 to September 1943 (appearing before 250 000 troops on the Pacific Coast leg of her tour alone) and it is said that she sold more war bonds than any other star.
During two extended tours for the USO in 1944 and 1945, she performed for Allied troops on the front lines in Algeria, Italy, England and France and went into Germany with Generals James M. Gavin and George S. Patton. When asked why she had done this, in spite of the obvious danger of being within a few kilometres of German lines, she replied, "aus Anstand" — "out of decency".
Her revue, with future TV pioneer Danny Thomas as her opening act, included songs from her films, performances on her musical saw (a skill she had originally acquired for stage appearances in Berlin in the 1920s), and a pretend "mindreading" act. Dietrich would inform the audience that she could read minds, and ask them to concentrate hard on thinking about whatever came into their minds. Then she would walk over to a soldier and earnestly tell him, "Oh, think of something else. I can't possibly talk about that!" American church papers reportedly published stories complaining about this part of Dietrich's act.
In 1944, the Morale Operations Branch of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) initiated the Musac project, musical propaganda broadcasts designed to demoralize enemy soldiers. Dietrich, the only performer who was made aware that her recordings would be for OSS use, recorded a number of songs in German for the project, including Lili Marleen , a favourite of soldiers on both sides of the conflict. William Joseph Donovan, head of the OSS, wrote to Dietrich, "I am personally deeply grateful for your generosity in making these recordings for us.
Dietrich was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by the US in 1947. She said that this was her proudest accomplishment. She was also awarded the Légion d'honneur by the French government as recognition for her wartime work.
France Culture radio présente: 15 Heures dédier à Marlene Dietrich :
A écouter du 30 juillet au 5 août : ETE 2011, 2ème semaine : EUROPE / Marlène Dietrich / La bataille de la culture...
More on Dietrich at Wikipedia : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marlene_Dietrich
on george r.r. martin
a game of thrones
song of ice and fire
a dragon behold a book waiting to be finished . . .
© 2011 the new yorker magazine
tuning . . . recreating cars from
old norev, tin-toys series,
matchbox collection etc;
© 2011 bijou le tord
color photography . . .
of my own collection of tintoys, matchbox series, majorettes, norev , etc;
it's about redesigning the cars giving them a new life . . .
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