Is There a Marty Markowitz in The House?
Mae West Birthday Team Calls on the Borough President for Lessons on "How to Talk Brooklyn"
New York, NY: Movie Queen MAE WEST made the Brooklyn accent trendy. Due to the influx of immigrants to this borough, however, the local accent is an endangered hallmark, according to broadcast legend JOE FRANKLIN, who claims he hears the native New York speech pattern far less frequently. "It is imperiled," adds FRANKLIN, with a nostalgic glance. "It's disappearing like all the other great things that New York was once known for -- like vaudeville and home delivery of seltzer."
Organizers of a birthday party for MAE WEST, a fundraiser taking place on Wednesday evening August 17, 2005 in midtown Manhattan, are pleading with the borough president MARTY MARKOWITZ to send an ambassador to the event to give a lesson in "how to talk Brooklyn" to the attendees.
Actress LOUISE LASSER, born and bred in The Big Apple, admits that The Actors Studio bleached the local accent out of her vocalizations. On August 17th, LASSER [who once starred in the cult TV hit "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman"] looks forward to a refresher course in how to say "tigah" instead of "tiger" and "thurd" instead of "third." LASSER also misses seltzer trucks, outdoor peddlers on Bleecker Street, and [most importantly] the Third Avenue El.
Car 54 and Marty Markowitz: where are you?
PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES: Joe Franklin, Mae West, actress Louise Lasser, and others.
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- - Who, What, Where, When - -
An Exciting Nightlife Event to Celebrate the Birthday of Mae West
What: Birthday Party & Seance for Mae West: Fundraiser for "Courting Mae West"
What's Special: A&E is filming this evening as part of a reality TV Program
When: evening of August 17th, 2005 - Mae's birthday
Where: Bill's Gay 90s on East 54th Street, NYC
Who: Dr. Lauren, medium & psychic, along with celebrity guests
EXTRA: JOE FRANKLIN discusses his friend MAE WEST
How Many: 200 - 285 adults expected
Fiscal Sponsorship: The Field, a 501 (c)(3), a non-profit serving the performing arts community
Credit Card Payments: buy tickets online at www.PayPal.com
- - Info Online:
The Field is a not-for-profit, tax exempt, 501(c)(3) organization serving the New York City performing arts community. Contributions made to The Field and earmarked for COURTING MAE WEST are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. A copy of The Field’s latest annual report may be obtained, upon request, from The Field or from the Office of the Attorney General, Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271. Tel.: 212-614-9683.