Monday, August 03, 2015

Mae West: "Sextette" on Sixth

The Annual MAE WEST Tribute in New York City, hometown of the sultry screen goddess herself, starts today.  Come up and see Mae!
• • Honoring Mae West in August • •
• • August 3: "Sextette" (1978; 91 mins.) Dir: Ken Hughes.  Marlo Manners is enjoying her honeymoon with Sir Michael Barrington, husband number 6. Cue the wild and hilarious action! Starring Mae West, Tony Curtis, Dom DeLuise, Ringo Starr, and many more!
• • Where: Jefferson Market Library: 425 Sixth Avenue, Willa Cather Room, New York, NY 10011; Tel.: 212- 243-4334. Don't miss it.
• • On Thursday, 3 August 1944 • •
• • "Catherine Was Great" opened on Wednesday, 2 August 1944. Reviews appeared soon after.
• • The Herald Tribune reported on Thursday, 3 August 1944: "Mae West came to Broadway last night, decked out like a battleship in a swimming pool ....  Uh-oh!
• • Save the Dates: 3 Mondays in August 2015 • •
• • Onstage Outlaws — — Mae West and Texas Guinan during the Lawless Prohibition Era • •
• • 3 events commemorate the Brooklyn bombshell’s August birthday in the room where she faced a judge who sent her to jail • •
• • New York's Annual Mae West Tribute: to celebrate the birthday of Brooklyn bombshell Mae West, on August 3rd and on August 10th, her films will be shown at 6:00pm. The first one, "Sextette" [1978] will be screened on August 3rd. Then "Go West Young Man" [1936] will be screened on August 10th. The August 17th multi-media presentation will feature light refreshments (courtesy of East Village Cheese) and a raffle. You could win rare films starring Texas Guinan. Or maybe a rare reprint by The New Yorker’s caricaturist Alfred Freuh or by a famous N. Y. Times illustrator.
• • Refreshment sponsor: East Village Cheese

• • Details — — Mae West Tribute: Triple Treat in 2015 
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Bosomy actress Mae West and fan dancer Sally Rand have been invited to play Lady Godiva in Dubbo's Jubilee Week procession in October.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "I've always liked athletes because they don't smoke, don't drink, and understand the importance of keeping their bodies in top working order — — and a hard man is good to find."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A fan magazine mentioned Mae West.
• • Well, sir, I finds myself next in Skagway. That's a great little place, Skagway. There I met the peppy, old, walrus-mustached gent, Martin Itjen who drove down to Hollywood last year in his gayly adorned "Skagway Streetcar" just to see Mae West. He saw her, all right, and they had their pictures taken together. . . .
• • Source: Item in Photoplay; published in the issue dated for December 1935 
• • Note: Hoping to drum up innovative publicity for his totally refurbished Soapy Smith museum, in the mid-1930s Martin Itgen (born in 1870) took his street-car to Tinseltown to sing the praises of Skagway, Alaska's tourism potential.
• • In Hollywood, he paid homage to Mae West, the star of "Klondike Annie," who cordially posed with him.  Thanks to Mae's graciousness, Martin Itgen was able to attract other movie stars to take pictures with him.

• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 11th anniversary • •    
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past eleven years. The other day we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 3,200 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3236th 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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Friday, July 31, 2015

Mae West: Art of Clairaudio

MAE WEST knew all about "the art of clairaudio," according to the late psychic Kenny Kingston, who departed this life last July.
• • Kenny Kingston wrote:  Mae West was also a dear friend of mine and one of the first celebrities who was interested in the spirit world.  Mae herself was very psychic and she taught me about one particular aspect of the psychic world — — the art of clairaudio.
• • Kenny Kingston continued:  As anyone interested in or experienced in the spiritual world knows, clairaudio is the ability to the listen to the sound of a voice and pick up psychic vibrations from it.  It is the technique I’ve used through the years when appearing on radio and taking phone calls from listeners and it’s allowed me to do telephone readings with clients around the world.  As the person speaks, I hear their voice but also a voice from spirit giving me information.  While I had the natural ability, Mae encouraged me to develop it — — when I was about 5 or 6 years old.  . . .
• • On Wednesday, 9 July 2014, The New York Times reported that "Kenny Kingston, 'Psychic to the Stars,' Dies at 87." The Times noted that "he was coached in spiritualism by Mae West, a family friend." Kenny Kingston was born on 15 February 1927, in Buffalo, N.Y. May he rest in peace and continue his conversations with the spirit world. However, somehow we can't envision Mae West "coaching" a child of five in spiritualism. Can you?
• • On Wednesday, 31 July 1974 • •
• • "Sex is good for you," says Mae West. And an interview published in The Australian Women's Weekly began with that provocative, bold opening when they printed a profile of the sultry star. "I've never had anything to worry about," Mae assured the Aussie reporter. "It's always been success, success, success." ...
• • Source: The Australian Women's Weekly on page 29; published on Wednesday, 31 July 1974.
• • Save the Dates: 3 Mondays in August 2015 • •
• • Onstage Outlaws — — Mae West and Texas Guinan during the Lawless Prohibition Era • •
• • 3 events commemorate the Brooklyn bombshell’s August birthday in the room where she faced a judge who sent her to jail • •
• • New York's Annual Mae West Tribute: to celebrate the birthday of Brooklyn bombshell Mae West, on August 3rd and on August 10th, her films will be shown at 6:00pm. The first one, "Sextette" [1978] will be screened on August 3rd. Then "Go West Young Man" [1936] will be screened on August 10th. The August 17th multi-media presentation will feature light refreshments (courtesy of East Village Cheese) and a raffle. You could win rare films starring Texas Guinan. Or maybe a rare reprint by The New Yorker’s caricaturist Alfred Freuh or by a famous N. Y. Times illustrator.
• • Refreshment sponsor: East Village Cheese

• • Details — — Mae West Tribute: Triple Treat in 2015 
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West is not only an ardent fight fan (seen in the latest issue of Photoplay at a bout), but a scrapper in her own right.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I can do more with my voice and eyes than another woman can do turning herself inside out.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Photoplay mentioned Mae West.
• • Cal York's Gossip • • 
• • Night clubbing Hollywood almost fainted  the other night when Mae West appeared, en tourage at the Troc.
• • Mae, whose sole night appearances have theretofore been at the fights, had a reason,however, for the unwonted display of frivolity.  One of her loyal police guards, who has been dogging her every footstep since she was threatened by gangdom, had just been promoted up on the force. So Mae thought it called for a celebration.  All of the guards joined in the fun.  . . .
• • Source: Item in Photoplay; published in the issue dated for October 1935 
• • Note: In 1934, the chic nightspot Cafe Trocadero opened on the Sunset Strip at 8610 Sunset Blvd. There were no money worries among the Hollywood crowd during the Depression, and so the Troc became the place where movie stars went to be seen and snapped. Interestingly, both The Hollywood Reporter and Cafe Trocadero were owned by William R. Wilkerson, whose photographers captured shots of celebrities for the exclusive use in THR.
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 11th anniversary • •    
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past eleven years. The other day we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 3,200 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3235th 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 30, 2015

Mae West: Court Order

On Friday, 30 July 1937, the Los Angeles headline was this:  "Miss MAE WEST — — Court Declares She Was Married in 1911." 
• • "Husband's Request Refused" • •
• • LOS ANGELES (U.S.A.), July 29 — — The Court has Issued an order declaring that Miss Mae West, the screen actress, was married to Mr. Frank Wallace, a vaudeville artist, on April 11, 1911.  It has, however, refused Mr. Wallace's request for an order declaring that they are still man and wife.
• • The Court's order is the outcome of a lawsuit brought by Mr. Wallace to compel her to admit the relationship, and to divide their joint property, which, he alleges, exceeds 100,000 dollars (£Aust 25,000).  Miss West for many years denied that she had ever been married, but early this month she admitted that Mr. Frank Wallace became her husband 26 years ago.  Miss West denied that she had ever lived with him, and alleged that he subsequently "remarried" without obtaining a divorce from her.
• • Source:  News (page 12) in The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW); published on Friday, 30 July 1937.
• • On Friday, 30 July 1937 • •
• • The headline read: "Marriage of Mae West — Court Order Sought." And the legal battle was ever so much longer than their "kiss-less" conjugality.
• • Los Angeles, July 28 — A petition by Frank Wallace, a vaudeville performer, for an order decreeing that he and Mae West, the film star, were still man and wife, was refused by the Court today. The Court was satisfied, however, that the two had been married on April 11, 1911.
• • Miss West admitted early this month that she had married Mr. Wallace in 1911, but denied that she had ever lived with him. She alleged that he had married again without having obtained a divorce from her.  Mr. Wallace brought an action to compel Miss West to admit their relationship and divide their community property, which, he said, exceeded £20,000.
• • Source: The Argus (Australia); published on Friday, 30 July 1937.
• • On Tuesday, 30 July 1957 in The N.Y. Times • •
• • Mae West sued Hollywood Confidential Magazine for defamation and the trial began in early August 1957 in Los Angeles. On Tuesday, 30 July 1957, The N.Y. Times ran an item explaining the issues at stake. Mae submitted sworn depositions to avoid testifying in person.
• • Save the Dates: 3 Mondays in August 2015 • •
• • Onstage Outlaws — — Mae West and Texas Guinan during the Lawless Prohibition Era • •
• • 3 events commemorate the Brooklyn bombshell’s August birthday in the room where she faced a judge who sent her to jail • •
• • New York's Annual Mae West Tribute: to celebrate the birthday of Brooklyn bombshell Mae West, on August 3rd and on August 10th, her films will be shown at 6:00pm. The first one, "Sextette" [1978] will be screened on August 3rd. Then "Go West Young Man" [1936] will be screened on August 10th. The August 17th multi-media presentation will feature light refreshments (courtesy of East Village Cheese) and a raffle. You could win rare films starring Texas Guinan. Or maybe a rare reprint by The New Yorker’s caricaturist Alfred Freuh or by a famous N. Y. Times illustrator.
• • Refreshment sponsor: East Village Cheese

• • Details — — Mae West Tribute: Triple Treat in 2015 
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West talks the best sex-appeal you've ever heard.  The world, the more important world called Hollywood, is completely sold on the idea that Mae slays 'em.  The result is the pleasant tinkle of silver running through the box-office.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:   "I'm a single gal with a single-track mind. And it doesn't run to matrimony."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Photoplay mentioned Mae West.
• • Ned Wayburn Can Prepare You for a career on the Stage, Screen or Radio.
• • He has helped up the ladder of fame Al Jolson, Mae West, Fred Astaire, Marilyn Miller, Will Rogers, Grace Moore, W. C. Fields, Jeanette MacDonald, Eddie Cantor, Patricia Ellis, Hal Leroy, Grace Bradley, and hundreds of other famous stars.  . . .
• • Source: Item in Photoplay; published in the issue dated for July 1935 
• • Note: Eighteen-year-old brunette Mae West got her first big break when she was cast in the legitimate show "A la Broadway" at New York's Folies Bergere Theatre. Ned Wayburn Mae's former dancing teacher who was staging this, pulled her in. The revue premiered 22 September 1911 and lasted eight performances.
• • In his earlier magazine advertisements, Ned Wayburn ticked off the numerous "stars" he had helped — — names that few people will recognize today. Ironically, Wayburn had omitted Mae's name, not crediting their teacher-student link until she was signed by Paramount Pictures.
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 11th anniversary • •    
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past eleven years. The other day we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 3,200 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3234th 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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