Sunday, February 11, 2007

Mae West: Variety


On 11 February 2007 The New York Times Book Review section highlighted a few paperback titles worth reading - - and one bestseller covers MAE WEST during her years in variety.
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A perennial favorite among theatre historians is NO APPLAUSE — JUST THROW MONEY: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous authored by Trav S.D. - - yes, that's his penname - - published by Faber & Faber.
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This exuberant cultural history tracks America’s sturdiest entertainment form back to Roman clowns and medieval festivals, then forward to snake-oil salesmen and blackface minstrels, silent jugglers (such as W.C. Fields), magicians (Houdini), strong men (Sandor and "The Mighty Atom"), and ventriloquists; stars like MAE WEST, the Marx Brothers, and W. C. Fields; and “new vaudevillians” like Penn and Teller.
• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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• • Photo: • • Mae West • • in vaudeville 1916 • •

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