MAE WEST utilized her friend Gene Austin's musical talents in her films "Belle of the Nineties" ; "Klondike Annie" ; and "My Little Chickadee" .
• • In addition to writing the music and lyrics for "Klondike Annie," Gene Austin also appears as a vocalist and organ player during the church service. As the collection is in progress, Gene Austin and the parishioners sing "It's Better to Give Than to Receive."
• • Seven years younger than Mae, Gene Austin was born in the month of June in Texas on 24 June 1900.
• • World heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey came up to see Mae onstage at the premiere of "The Mimic World of 1921." One of the characters Mae played was "Shifty Liz."
• • After the performance, the champ and the actress enjoyed their own private performance in her dressing room. Jack Dempsey retained the title from 1919 —1926 but he may have held Mae's heart a little longer.
• • Two years younger than Mae, the dashing prizefighter was born in Colorado on 24 June 1895.
• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
• • Photo: • • Mae West • • none • •