Thursday, October 02, 2008

Mae West: Rock and Rex

October 2nd is a special day on the MAE WEST calendar of memories.
• • On 2 October 1938, Rex Reed — — Mae's good-looking co-star in "Myra Breckinridge" — — was born in Fort Worth, Texas. Currently, the 69-year-old Reed pens a column "On the Town with Rex Reed" for a rarely-read newspaper — — The New York Observer. The late great Spy Magazine used to poke fun at the fey Dakota resident. Labeling him as one of the ten most embarrassing New Yorkers, Spy's staff was fond of saying that Rex Reed's positive film reviews "sound like the overblown testimonials of an unctuous Judy Garland fan after hoisting one too many kir royales at the piano bar."
• • On 2 October 1985, Rock Hudson died of AIDS. The tall, dark, and handsome actor sang a memorable duet with MAE WEST — — "Baby, It's Cold Outside" — — during an Academy Awards Show in 1958. This was a rare invitation extended to Mae to perform during the annual Hollywood awards ceremony. As they concluded the number, Rock offered Mae a cigarette, noting that it was "king-sized" — — and Mae replied, "Mmmm, it's not the men in your life, it's the life in your men!" They ended with a long, slow, passionate kiss.
• • It would never be cold inside — — if Mae West was there.
• • Come up and see Mae every day online:

• • Photo:
• • Mae West • • 1958
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Mae West.

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