Thursday, March 26, 2009

Mae West: 1919

A short novel that focuses on the lesser-known achievements of "exceptional woman in history" features MAE WEST.
• • New York based ZAPmedia, a boutique provider of books, art, and online content, is toasting Women’s History Month by recognizing the achievements of trailblazing females such as Mae West and inventor Beulah Henry. Released back in February 2007, 1919 – Misfortune’s End — — ZAPmedia’s first venture into publishing fiction — — explores the remarkable lives and accomplishments of certain adventuresses and fearless femmes who made 1919 an incredible year for women around the world.
• • 1919 – Misfortune’s End follows the lives of two families through the twelve pivotal months of 1919, right after World War I. The stories of notable individuals including Mae West [1893 — 1980], Margaret Sanger [1879 — 1966], Madame C.J. Walker [1867 — 1919], Beulah Henry [1887 — 1973], and several prominent males served as counterpoint to the exploits of the fictional characters such as Louvenia Jackson.
• • In reality, during March 1919 Mae West was on Broadway performing in "Sometime" — — ninety years ago — — when the actress was 26 years old and more used to appearing in vaudeville than in the legit. The "musical comedy of commerce," designed to showcase the talents of laughmeister Ed Wynn, had opened at the Shubert Theatre on Saturday 4 October 1918 (establishing a nice healthy run that continued through June 1919 on West 44th Street).
• • In "Sometime," it was Mae's character Mayme Dean who appeared onstage first. At that point in her career, Mae was often cast as an Irish maid
— — although Mayme Dean is a frisky flapper who cannot land a man. A few years after this show, Mae started writing her own material — — however, none of her titles contained the downbeat word misfortune.
• • Come up and see Mae every day online:
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• • Photo: • • Mae West • • none • •
Mae West.

1 comment:

  1. Mae was really amazingly prolific and multi-talented - I would like to learn more about her writings. I wonder if Internet Archive has any of her plays? (Or Google Books)