Stage-struck Mildred Gillars had yearned to become an actress, and had been rejected. But last week, at 48, she made the best of a dingier dramatic opportunity—her trial for treason as "Axis Sally." Her silver-grey hair hung in a shoulder-length bob as she entered the Washington courtroom. She wore her unfashionably short dress with an ingenue air. There was a peacock blue scarf at her throat, her long, horseface was dazzlingly tan, her mouth and nails crimson.

Her first stagy gesture came almost as soon as she was seated—she tugged at her...

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