Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Mae West: Impressions

It was 10 December 1933 when Dorothy Sands was doing her MAE WEST impression again.
• • Well known for being a Mae West mimic since 1928 — — when her nuanced "Diamond Lil" imitation was the hit of the Grand Street Follies — — Dorothy Sands kept her corset and Brooklyn accent ready for bookings.
• • By the Christmas season of 1933, the Great Depression had severely stressed many performers' pocketbooks. The Benefit for the Stage Relief Fund had been scheduled for the evening of December 10th at the Masque [252 West 45th Street].
• • Dorothy Sands called her routine "Our Stage and Stars." Imagine what the Empress of Sex might have thought of this female impersonator.

• • Like Mae West, Dorothy Sands was born in 1893 and died in 1980. On 5 March 1893, Dorothy Sands was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
• • Dorothy Sands began her performance career on Broadway in 1924, and was steadily cast on the legitimate stage until 1970. Her last Broadway credit was her role as Hattie Fields in the comedy "Paris Is Out!" [2 February 1970 18 April 1970].
• • On the vaudeville circuit, she also did impressions of Sophie Tucker, Eva Tanguay, Ethel Barrymore, and others.
• • Come up and see Mae every day online:

• • Photo: • • Mae West • • Theatre Masque • •

Mae West.

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