Monday, June 23, 2008

Mae West: Manifestations

Actress MAE WEST [18931980] wrote a book on ESP, consulted psychics, and was working on a manuscript about the remarkable Reverend Jack Kelly, her favorite Medium from Lily Dale Assembly, when she died in Los Angeles in 1980. None of this prevents Mae from attending rehearsals of the play "Courting Mae West," which will open in her hometown during July.
• • The actress who will portray her mentioned distinctly feeling her presence during scenes.
• • The Assistant Director added, "You know, it's funny you should say that. I was just thinking after rehearsal today, that Mae West is around this project. I feel it, too.
• • In her book Mae West on Sex, Health, and ESP [London — New York: W. H. Allen, 1975; 237 pages], the Brooklyn bombshell explained that she did not feel limited by the standard notions about life and death.
• • Well, I don't live in the past, Mae West insisted — — "though I like t' see people from then. Cary Grant comes t' see me. Gilbert Roland, Bette Davis, Garbo. Jack LaRue, before he passed on, and George Raft. I almost married George. . . . An' I don't kid myself or have mystical illusions. I never drink or take anything."
• • In the play "Courting Mae West," the MAE WEST character encourages a newsman to write about her
— — instead of devoting himself to his biography of Winfield Scott.
• • MAE WEST says, "I'm an actress with a future, see? History has no future."
• • It's been said that her benevolence continues to manifest itself around the production. More on that in a future column.
"COURTING MAE WEST" opens at 6 o'clock on Saturday night July 19, 2008 at the Algonquin Theatre [East 24th Street and Park Avenue South].
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"COURTING MAE WEST" — — showtimes
• • July 19th, 2008 — — 6:00 PM
• • July 20th, 2008 — — 2:00 PM matinee
• • July 21st, 2008 — — 6:00 PM
• • July 22nd, 2008 — — 9:00 PM
• • Tickets to "COURTING MAE WEST" are $18 per adult.
• • sells the tickets — —
• • Questions? Phone 212-779-3051.
• • The play is 95 minutes.

• • Get ready to come up and see Mae West, Texas Guinan, and the gang onstage in mid-July 2008.
• • Come up and see Mae every day online:

• • Photo:
• • Mae West in court • • 3 October 1928
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Mae West.

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