While reading the NYT today, I was struck by the obit of Pearl Cornioley, a resistance fighter during WWII, who died a few weeks ago in France.

She was the inspiration for the novel and later film CHARLOTTE GRAY, which starred Cate Blanchett.

But…given that her code name was Marie, it made me wonder. Was she also the inspiration for the 1950s DC WWII character Mlle. Marie, who was a French resistance fighter and sometimes paramour of Sgt. Rock?

A cursory skimming around of the net didn’t reveal any answers and the connection may be dubious (Marie was a French peasant girl, Cornioley was British by birth, but raised French).

Still, it’s worth a moment to stop and honor a remarkable woman and all she did 60 years ago.

Posted by Mark Coale