Monday, January 22, 2018

Mae West: More Sensational

MAE WEST left her imprint on Stamford, Connecticut in 1927. This headline-screaming scandal was the subject of a “looking back” article in the Hartford Courant on Sunday, 23 February 2014, which offers new details. This is Part 3 of three segments.
• • Mae West's Imprint on Stamford, Connecticut • • 
• • Beverly West cavorting with Edward Elsner • •
• • Frank Rizzo wrote:  A complaint was made to the police about the party and a couple was arrested on misconduct charges. In court they explained they were merely going over the script together "with the view to making some changes."
• • The case was nulled on payment of costs. West and Elsner said they would sue the hotel for $100,000 charging defamation of character and false arrest.
• • Frank Rizzo observed:  Things got fishier when it was discovered that in the courtroom was a New York lawyer for Beverly West's husband —- who was seeking a divorce —- and a stenographer taking notes.
• • Frank Rizzo added:  The publicity the play received made the brief run of three nights highly profitable. (It was advertised as "more sensational than 'White Cargo,' 'Rain' and 'Sex'!"). After Stamford, the production moved to Paterson, N.J. "The Drag" never makes it to Broadway but a reworked version titled "The Pleasure Man" did —- with the leading man now portrayed as a heterosexual.  It lasted one performance.
• • This has been Part 3 of three segments. We hope you enjoyed this wonderful article.
• • Source: Article by Frank Rizzo, The Hartford Courant, published Sunday, 23 February 2014.
• • On Monday, 22 January 1934 in Times Square • •
• • There was a festive feeling in the air Monday evening, on 22 January 1934, when Mae West and Eddie Cantor and many other stars entertained at the New Amsterdam Theatre — — at the 52nd annual benefit for the Actors' Fund.
• • Happy Birthday to Piper Laurie • •
• • Though we are not big fans of the 1982 TV bio-pic about Mae West, the actress who played Mae's beloved mother onscreen was born today.
• • Cast in this televised production as Matilda West, Piper Laurie's birthname was Rosetta Jacobs. The little redhead was born in Detroit, Michigan in the month of January — — on Friday, 22 January 1932.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West, a theatrical sex symbol for more than half a century, has completed filming a guest star role for "Mr. Ed," the comedy series about a talking horse. Many fans of "Mr. Ed" are children, but the average age of the audience may increase considerably when Miss West's performance is televised by CBS.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: “My hobby is men. I can’t get married or I’d have to give it up.  See how it is?”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A film fan site mentioned Mae West.
• • In the bio-pic made for TV, giving Baby Mae constant encouragement, support, and very feminine frocks is her mother Matilda West, played by the actress Piper Laurie.  . . .
• • Source: various fan sites; undated
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 13th anniversary • •  
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past thirteen years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 3,800 blog posts. Wow!  
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started thirteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3880th blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Mae West: It's Homosexology

MAE WEST left her imprint on Stamford, Connecticut in 1927. This juicy scandal was the subject of a “looking back” article in the Hartford Courant on Sunday, 23 February 2014, which offers new details. This is Part 2 of three segments.
• • Mae West's Imprint on Stamford, Connecticut • • 
• • “Homosexology" • •   
• • Frank Rizzo wrote:  But when Mrs. Hartley learned that the work "concerned itself and none too subtly with “homosexology" and cross-dressing, she "closed the door of her theater to the production."
• • But a hearing was sought by the producers of the play in Bridgeport and the show was allowed to go on — with detectives from New York, where the show would eventually head, in the audience. But the detectives didn't see the show as written because of expurgations demanded by the local police chief.
• • Frank Rizzo wrote:  But adding to the tabloid nature of the event was some off-stage drama, which the Courant reported with a combination of propriety and pulp fiction.
• • "Members of the company had a merry party [at a hotel] after the first performance." Among the participants were Miss Beverly West, sister of the author —- and a married woman —- and Edwin [sic] Elsner, who directed the play.
• • Beverly West cavorting with Edward Elsner • •  . . .
• • To be concluded on Monday.
• • Source: Article by Frank Rizzo, The Hartford Courant, published Sunday, 23 February 2014.
• • On Monday, 19 January 1981 in The N.Y. Times • •
• • Readers of The N.Y. Times opened their newspaper on Monday, 19 January 1981 and they read this startling headline: "Mae West Left Million, Mostly to Her Sister." A reporter based in California filed the story for Reuters, which was date-lined from Los Angeles.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • “Too much of a good thing can be wonderful,” Mae West famously remarked. And that's certainly true of wining and dining in Palm Beach.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: “I made my way in a man's world.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A biography of Mae West mentioned January 19.
• • It was Saturday, 19 January 1889, in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY, Battling Jack West and Tillie Delker took their wedding vows before a local minister with Jack's sister Julia West acting as maid of honor.
• • California biographer Emily Wortis Leider wrote: If they knew about it, Matilda's family almost certainly would have attempted to thwart her impetuous marriage at age eighteen to John "Battlin' Jack" West, a cigar-chomping, street-smart tough. The marriage certificate of Tillie Delker and John West, dated January 19, 1889, in the city of Brooklyn — — a separate city then, not yet a part of metropolitan New York — — lists the groom's age as twenty-two, his birthplace as New York City, and his occupation: "mechanic."
• • Source: excerpt from “Becoming Mae West” by Emily Wortis Leider; published by Farrar Straus and Giroux in 1997
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 13th anniversary • •  
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past thirteen years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 3,800 blog posts. Wow!  
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started thirteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3879th blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.

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