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Widower Became Movie Actress
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John C. Montgomery, 41,
chief of the State Department’s
Finnish'desk, was found hang
ed in home of Attorney A. Mar
vin Braverman in fashionable
Georgetown section of Wash
ington, D. Q. Montgomery lived
there.— (JP) Wirephoto.
WASHINGTON <*u- Secretary of
tuo Interior Mclvay, still a little
weak after a bout with influenza,
worked at his office Monday for
the first time since being sworn in.
The secretary had a cold when
be look Ms oath, at the White House
v. '• reyen othe- Cabinet members
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Georgi Zaroubin, poses at the door of the Soviet embassy in
Washington after being turned away. They carried a sign read
ing: "End Soviet Persecution of J?ws.” Meanwhile, a black cat
which wandered up the walk, heads toward the closed door. It
didn’t get in either.—(VPl Wirephoto.
make suggestions show
Tuesday, January 27, 1953
HOLLYWOOD (At—What is left
for a woman who is widowed at
“All I could look forward tc was
a life of dinner parties and teas,”
says M’s. Gertrude Hoffman. “So
I decided to be an actress.”
That was almost 20 years ago.
At 81, Mrs. Hoffman is still lead
ing a busy life as a film actress,
and her friends and family never
cease to wonder.
For 38 years, she was happily
married to Ralph Hoffman, found
er of the Santa Barbara Museum
of Natural History. Then the nat
uralist was killed during an exped
ition to Channel Islands off the
California coast. Her three chil
dren had grown and left home and
she couldn’t face an inactive life
in Santa Barbara.
“One of my daughters, who had
been living in Europe, hurried
home with the intention of making
her home with me,” she recalled.
“I had quite a time convincing her
that I really wanted to go to Holly
wood to be an actress. Uusually
it’s the other way around: The
daughter wants to leave for the
movie life.”
So Mrs. Hoffman came to Holly
wood, only to face the heartbreak
of most film newcomers.
“For nine months, I made the
rounds of the studios,” she said.
“I would get furious when a snip
of a boy with his feet on a desk
would say, ‘Nothing today, Ger
trude.’ They all told me I had to
have an agent to get a job. The
agents said I had to have a job
to get an agent.”
Finally she landed a part in a
Warner Oland film at RKO. From
then on she earned a comfortable
living with her portrayals of grande
dames, although one of her most
noted roles was a 'ifer in the prison
film “Caged.’\
At 81, Mrs. Hoffman has started
anew career—JV. She has been
playing a leading role in the Gala
Storm-Charlie Farrell series “My
Little Margie.” This can lead to
pretty strenuous things.
In a recent chapter, she and Gale
were crashing Hollywood. Mrs.
Hoffman was dressed in a clown’s
out fit with a putty nose, and the'
pair had to race down a studio
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and Lt. Gen. Maxwell D. Taylor confer at White House. Taylor
is leaving Jan. 26 to take command of the Eighth Army in Korea
as successor to Gen. James A. Van Fleet, who is retiring.—(/P)
Earth Tremors
DYERSBURG, Tenn. Iff) - Resi
dents in western Dyer County
were startled by two minor earth
tremors yesterday. No damage
was reported.
street and jump on a motor scoot
er. “I ran as fast as my legs
would carry me,” said Mrs. Hoff
The rugged life doesn’t seem to
dim her vitality. She drives her
own car 20 miles to the studio
daily and drives the 2V&-hour jaunt
to visit her daughter in Santa
Barbara several times yearly. On
the day I saw her, she had been
up since 6 a.m. studying her lines
for the next “Margie” show.
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Grounded Fleet
To Fly Again
LONDON, (R—The British Over
seas Airways Corporation says its
grounded fleet of 10 stratocruisers
will be flying again in a few days.
BOAC announced American air
craft experts, flown here to inspect
the liners’ Pratt and Whitney
engines, had determined faulty
lubrication caused the 15 engine
failures which resulted in ground
ing of the planes Jan. 22.
The line’s announcement said
suspicions of sabotage had been
ruled out.
Fashion Show
To Be Staged
For Employees
AP Woman's Editor
A man who should understand
women is Phil Meyers of Cincin
nati, who employs 50,000 of them
and sells dresses to millions
throughout the United States and
nearly 40 foreign countries.
But Phil is still learning. The
latest thing he learned is that you
can’t expect several thousand girl
office workers to type up orders for
millions of dresses every year and
never seen the darn things.
These frustrated females recent
ly complained to the boss that if
he expected the office workers for
Fashion Frocks, Inc., to retain
their sanity, then, by golly, he’d
better produce some of the dresses
they were always writing about.
The upshot is that a unique
fashion show will be staged next
week in the business offices of the
firm in Cincinnati, with secre
taries, stenographers, clerks and
bookkeepers modeling the clothes.
A special runway will be erected
across the sea of desks, and the
girls who have been building up
complexes will get a chance to
express themselves at last, and
actually wear those fashions which
thus far have just been numbers
on an order blank.
The office staff members are
training for the big show at a
series of evening classes (for which
they are paid overtime), and in
structors from modeling schools
have been engaged to teach the
girls how to walk, turn, make up
and so on.
During the performance of
“Styles in the Aisles,” work will
be abandoned for the afternoon
and the steno-models will parade
before an audience of fellow work
ers. The company will provide a
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IN GERMANY, a radio-relay team makes adjustments of its transmitter. On the left is CpL Bill
Browlie, 506 Grinnell Street, Key West, and on the right is Sgt. Henry E. Holton, Jr., 1216 N. 15th
Avenue, Birmingham, Ala. The Signal Corps men are members of the 28th Infantry Division
and are attached to the 112th Infantry Regiment.—U. S. Army Photo.
free buffet lunch and even an
More than 100 dresses will be
modeled—from house dresses to
cocktail and evening frocks—and
after it is all over Meyers feels
that the air should be cleared.
The Romans used glass for win
dows, but there is much debate
about how extensively it was used.
Chinese Girls Make
Occupation Marriages
NEW DELHI, India UP-Nearly
500 Communist Chinese girls from
“cultural squads” attached to the
Chinese Army have made “occupa
tion marriages” with Tibetan
youths, the newspaper Tiroes of
India reported.
In a dispatch from the Hima
layan border town of Kalimpong,
the paper said the occupation mar
riages are part of Chinese strategy
for breaking down barriers be
tween the invaders and the local
population. Many of the husbands
have joined the Chinese army, the
dispatch said.
India has about 80 per cent of
the world’s supply of mica.

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