People: People, Oct. 9, 1944

Bette Davis, vacationing in Columbus, Ga., spiked rumors that she had come South to marry her "very old friend," Corporal Louis Riley, peacetime Manhattan real-estate dealer, now stationed at nearby Fort Benning. The once divorced, once widowed cinemactress gave a party for the Corporal, invited his entire company, later said: "I am a woman of 36 and I have sense enough to announce it if I intend to get married."

Elena of Italy, towering wife of pint-sized Ex-King Victor Emmanuel, made a royal request of a U.S. friend: "some spools of white thread" with...

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