Thursday, August 02, 2007

Mae West: Wild about Harry

MAE WEST was wild about Harry jeweler Harry Winston, that is. "Diamonds is my career," purred Mae in her role as "Diamond Lil." And Harry Winston took that line as the law not unlike Moses and the tablets.
• • It may be that one of the highlights of reviving her hit play on Broadway [which debuted on 5 February 1949] at the Coronet Theatre (230 West 49th Street, New York, NY 10036) was having a heart to heart with Harry in breathing distance of those storied gem vaults.
• • The "Diamond Lil" program credits jeweler Harry Winston for supplying an Ali Baba's cave worth of glitter for this show. How expensive was that eyeful of razzle-dazzle?
• • Mae West's adornments in 1949 included: “Seven part waist decoration, $500,000; necklace, $100,000; three bracelets, $200,000; 46-carat emerald-cut diamond ring, $300,000; 30-carat oval-cut diamond ring, $75,000…”• • These industrial-strength carats were ferried by couriers each night to the vault and brought back to the Coronet Theatre, heavily guarded, in time for each performance. Splendor such as this was never seen on the Bowery during the 1890s.• • Harry Winston is at 718 Fifth Avenue between West 55th West 56th Street [NYC 10019].
• • Polish your Mae West memories on Friday evening 17 August 2007, when a guided tour will explore Manhattan's WEST-side during the "Mae West Side Story" walking tour. The event open to the public is timed to salute Brooklyn's own sexpot on her birthdate. [See the Annual Mae West Gala posting below.]
• • Only 15 more days until Mae's birthday!

• • Come up and see Mae every day online:
Source: to Google• • Illustration: • • Mae West • • 1949 • •Mae West.

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