Hedy Lamarr, often proclaimed “the most beautiful woman in the world,” the 26-yr-old Lamarr was thriving in Hollywood when, in September 1940, Nazi U-boats hunted down & sank a cruise ship trying to evacuate 90 British schoolchildren to Canada. 77 drowned in the bleak north Atlantic. Lamarr, a Jewish immigrant from Nazi-occupied Austria, was outraged. She fought back by applying her engineering skills to development of a sonar sub-locator used in the Atlantic to the good of both the US & UK.
Actress Esther Rolle (1920-1998) trying on a dress the Joseph Magnin store in Beverly Hills in 1974. Ms. Rolle was a professional dancer and a founding member of the Negro Ensemble Company before taking on her best known role as Florida Evans on “Good Times.” Photo: Isaac Sutton/Ebony.
Charles Bronson, In 1943, enlisted in the United States Army Air Forces and served as a B-29 aerial gunner as a Superfortress crewman with the 39th Bombardment Group based in Guam. He was awarded a Purple Heart for wounds received during his service.