Friday, July 19, 2019

Mae West: Stowed Away

On Friday, 9 July 1937, MAE WEST was in the news. This would be her least favorite topic. The “F” word was Frank as in “former husband Frank Wallace.”  This is Part 3 of 4 parts.
• • Mae West’s Spouse Invites Himself to Her Fireside; “Or Else” Half Her Fortune • •
• • seeking a restraining order • •
• • “Frank Wallace is still Miss West’s husband whether she likes it or not,” stated Sam Siegel. “The offer to live with her proves that.” Just to prove to Miss West that they are not kidding, Siegel said he intends to file suit seeking a restraining order to prevent Mae from disposing of any of the $3,000,000 she supposedly has stowed away. Siegel said the letter to Miss West explained in detail that Wallace was ready to “assume openly our relations as husband and wife.”
• • Loves Her as Wife • • . . . 
• • U.P.’s news coverage will be concluded on the next post.
• • Source: U.P. coverage rpt in Healdsburg Tribune (California); published on Friday, 9 July 1937.
• • On Thursday, 19 July 1956 in Maine • • 
• • Fred E. Crockett, 96, who died on 25 April 2008 asked Mae West to come up sometime to Camden, Maine. And, yes, Mae arrived on Thursday, 19 July 1956.
• • July 2004: Mae West Blog launches • •
• • What are we up to, writing about the Brooklyn-born bombshell for fifteen years now?
• • We’re here to keep Mae mavens up to date, correct errors, celebrate each revival of a play she wrote, post the latest Westian stage and book reviews. And answer our fan mail!
• • The light’s still on. Come up and see Mae every day.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West and Jim Timony are apparently as devoted as when Mae first tackled Hollywood.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: “Why, the most absurd thing I ever heard of are these Hollywood divorces with the two principals announcing all over the newspapers how much they still love each other though they don’t want to keep on living together. Of course, they don’t love each other – that’s too silly for words. One or both of them has lost sex appeal. It all comes down to that.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about "Sextette" (the 1961 stage play) mentioned Mae West.
• • After her leading man Alan Marshal died in Chicago, Mae tried to replace him with Tom Conway, who was no longer working regularly. He auditioned but then declined this role.
• • "Sextette" moved to Detroit first, had an engagement in Ohio, then was staged in Miami Beach. After that Mae closed it.
• • Always unkind, Variety wrote: "The Edgewater was unable to sell a single theatre party for the show, and it goes down as the silo's biggest box office flop to date."    ...
• • Source: Article: "Sextette" written by Variety; published on Wednesday, 19 July 1961
• • The evolution of 2 Mae West plays that keep her memory alive • • 
• • A discussion with Mae West playwright LindaAnn LoSchiavo — — 
• • http://lideamagazine.com/renaissance-woman-new-york-city-interview-lindaann-loschiavo/
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 15th anniversary • •  
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past fifteen years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 4,200 blog posts. Wow!  
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fifteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4260th 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.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Mae West: Mae's Wealth

On Friday, 9 July 1937, MAE WEST was in the news. This would be her least favorite topic. The “F” word was Frank as in “former husband Frank Wallace.”  This is Part 2 of 4 parts.
• • Mae West’s Spouse Invites Himself to Her Fireside; “Or Else” Half Her Fortune • •
• • He Even Put It in Writing • •
• • Sam Siegel, the attorney, said Wallace had not only made the offer, but he put in it writing.
• • One of the reasons for putting it in writing, he explained, was that Wallace estimated Mae’s wealth to be “in the neighborhood of $11,000,000,” and, under California law, Wallace was entitled to half.
• • “He’s done his part,” Siegal said. “Now it’s up to Miss West.”
• • Take Him or Pay Off • •
• • The way Wallace and his lawyer have it figured out, Mae either gets Frankie for an old age companion, or shells out $1,500,000. “Under California law,” Sam Siegel explained, “a separation is not legally recognized unless it is established by court action.
• • seeking a restraining order • • . . . 
• • U.P.’s news coverage will be continued on the next post.
• • Source: U.P. coverage rpt in Healdsburg Tribune (California); published on Friday, 9 July 1937.
• • On Sunday, 18 July 1937 • •
• • "Husband of Mae West — — Marriage Valid" • •
• • LOS ANGELES, July 16.  The Court has given a ruling in favour of Mr. Frank Wallace, declaring valid his marriage with the Hollywood film actress Miss Mae West.
• • After Miss West had denied for many years that she had ever been married, she admitted earlier this month that Mr. Wallace, a vaudeville performer, became her husband in 1911, 26 years ago.
• • Source: Melbourne, Australia; published on Sunday, 18 July 1937.
• • July 2004: Mae West Blog launches • •
• • What are we up to, writing about the Brooklyn-born bombshell for fifteen years now?
• • We’re here to keep Mae mavens up to date, correct errors, celebrate each revival of a play she wrote, post the latest Westian stage and book reviews. And answer our fan mail!
• • The light’s still on. Come up and see Mae every day.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • For DesignICON, inspiration will be a little more broad. The list this year [2019] includes looks inspired by legends like Cher, Rihanna, Beyonce, and Oscar de la Renta, as well as more unexpected sources like Bootsy Collins, Mae West, the Earth, and Lizzie McGuire.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: “Listen, there’s some bad in all women. I work off my energies — — and I’ve got plenty of energy — — by being that sort of woman on the stage and screen. If I didn’t have that outlet I might have been one of ’em myself. I couldn’t make any prophesies. I’ve always been interested in women like that. Maybe it was the theatre that saved me.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Australian News Service mentioned Mae West.
• • "Mae West Fell in Hotel, Claims Dollars" • •
• • New York, July 16 (A.A.P.) — Actress Mae West to-day sued New York's Hotel Chatham for 250,000 dollars, damages for injuries received in a fall in her bathroom there. She alleged that a defective floor-mat caused the fall, which made her "sick, sore, lame, and disabled."
• • Miss West said she was prevented from continuing to earn 3,000 dollars weekly as the star of the play "Diamond Lil." The fall, she said, broke bones in her left ankle.  ..
• • Source: The Sunday Herald (Sydney, NSW); published on Sunday, 17 July 1949
• • The evolution of 2 Mae West plays that keep her memory alive • • 
• • A discussion with Mae West playwright LindaAnn LoSchiavo — — 
• • http://lideamagazine.com/renaissance-woman-new-york-city-interview-lindaann-loschiavo/
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 15th anniversary • •  
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past fifteen years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 4,200 blog posts. Wow!  
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fifteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4259th 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.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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