• • For example, Arcola Queer Collective staged "The Drag” written by Mae West from 9 – 13 January 2017 in England. “Sex” was onstage at Hollywood’s Hudson Theatre until Sunday, 17 June 2018 with Andrea Hutchman as Margie LaMont. During the last weekend of June 2018, “The Drag” was onstage all weekend in the Montmartre section of Paris (the Left Bank). The National Theatre in Britain hosted “The Drag” on 10 July 2018. An Other Company just concluded their successful run of “Sex” in Provo, Utah. A musical called “Come Up ‘n See Me” debuts on August 27th at The Friars Club in New York, NY. And the venerable Shaw Festival, set in a scenic part of Western New York, Niagara-on-the-Lake, will produce “Sex” in 2019.
• • Applause, applause, let's have some a-MAE-zing applause!
• • To the Mae-mavens, dear Mae West, you will never be older than twenty-sex!
• • On Thursday, 17 August 1893 • •
• • On Thursday, 17 August 1893 Mae West was born in her parents' bedroom — — in Bushwick. The young Mom-to-be [born December 1870] and the Dad-to-be [born March 1866], who wed on 19 January 1889, had gone to a hospital for the birth of their firstborn child Katie, who entered their world in August 1891 but who, most unfortunately, died in infancy. Perhaps this is why the couple opted for a midwife and a home delivery when little Mary Jane West was due under the astrological sign of Leo.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West sang loud enough to be distinctly heard in the rear.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Come up sometime and see me."
• • Mae West said: “You only live once. But if you do it right, once is enough.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Telegraph [U.K.] celebrated the 120th birthday of Mae West back in 2013.
• • "Actress Mae West was born 120 years ago today, was one of the great 20th century wits" • •
• • Culture Editor Martin Chilton wrote: "I used to be Snow White but I drifted," quipped Mae West, the Hollywood actress who is remembered for her Wildean wit as much as her flamboyant personality.
• • Martin Chilton continued: Mae West was born on August 17, 1893, in New York, a place where this weekend they are staging her 1928 mob melodrama Diamond Lil.
• • Martin Chilton added: The death of this sex goddess from Hollywood's Golden Age was front-page news in November 1980 when she was 87. She had been 40 when she made the first of 12 films and was an important influence on the early career of Cary Grant, teaching him much about the craft of comedy in the course of appearing with him in She Done Him Wrong and I'm No Angel. It was to Grant that West uttered the famous, oft-misquoted line: ''Why don't you come up sometime and see me?''
• • Martin Chilton explained: West had been a late-Victorian stage performer and her vaudeville timing showed in the wonderful banter with W.C. Fields in the pre-war movie My Little Chickadee. By then she was world famous and during the war it pleased her greatly that the RAF dubbed its inflatable life-jacket a "Mae West". . . .
• • Source: Article: "Mae West: remembering Hollywood's wittiest sex goddess" by Martin Chilton for The Telegraph [U.K.]; published on Saturday, 17 August 2013
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • "Mae West Turns Sixty" • •
• • The Horsham Times wrote: Mae West turned 60 recently. To reporters who went along to wish her many happy returns, Miss West made it plain that birthdays are one thing a lady just doesn't discuss. Fluttering her inch-long eyelashes demurely she said: "You can see for yourself, a girl's just at old as she feels."
• • Source: News Item: The Horsham Times; published on Friday, 12 September 1952
• • 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 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 4,000 blog posts. Wow!• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fourteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4026th 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/
• • Photo: • • Mae West • • in 1926 • •
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