Stork exchange! On 8 December 1898 MAE WEST and her parents welcomed a new pink-ribboned addition to the household — — sister Mildreth Katharina, who later charged her stage name to Beverly.
• • Also an aspiring actress, kid sister Beverly performed at the Fifth Avenue Theatre in 1916 in an act billed as "Mae West and Sister."
• • January was a big month in Beverly's personal history.
• • On 29 January 1917 Beverly wed her first Russian husband Sergei Treshatny. An inventor, Treshatny had arrived in the United States in 1916. Vaudevillians Beverly and Mae West were both busy working in Paterson, New Jersey during January 1917 when Beverly took some time off to become a "missus" at Brooklyn City Hall on Joralemon Street.
• • A decade later, when Mae and Beverly were arrested in Bridgeport, Connecticut in early February 1927, Sergei took advantage of the scandal, using the trial testimony as his grounds for divorce. Their marriage was dissolved the same year.
• • By January 1934, Beverly was once again ready to ride the marry-go-round. In Chicago, Beverly and Russian-born Vladimir Baikoff applied for a marriage license early in the month and tied the knot. Vladimir and Beverly met when both were working at a radio station.
• • On her marriage license, Beverly gave her age as 27, meaning that she had been born in 1907. This was consistent with Mae's calculations; in 1934, Mae was giving her birthyear as 1900.
• • Good thing municipal clerks were not crossing checking New York State's records with Illinois — — otherwise someone might have wondered about the bride who was born in 1907, having been first married in 1917 when she was 10 years old.
• • Get ready to come up and see Mae and Beverly onstage during July 2008.
• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
• • Photo: Mae West • • Beverly • • 1930 • •