Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Mae West: Nashville Nighty

An article in The Tennessean mentioned MAE WEST's long ago sojourn in The Volunteer State.
• • It was a booking in the venerable Ryman Auditorium that brought the Brooklyn blonde to the southeastern part of the country.
• • Established in 1892 as a church, Ryman Auditorium [refurbished and still standing at 116 Fifth Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37219] is a National Historic Landmark that is continuing its more than 100-year music tradition by offering the best in entertainment. Incidentally, if you are ever in the area, Ryman does offer tours that showcase the legendary performers who have aroused enough applause to make paint flake from its walls — — such as Mae West, Rudolph Valentino, and W.C. Fields, along with country's most notable names.
• • In a recent article by Claudia Pinto — — "Nashville luxury suites lure celebs: Lavish rooms and VIP treatment keep stars coming back to Music City's hotels" [The Tennessean on 1 September 2009] — — it was noted that Union Station Hotel's 900-square-foot Presidential Suite (cost: $300 to $500 a night) has been the room of choice for high-level guests such as Mae West, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Warren G. Harding, Jimmy Carter, Mike Huckabee, Garth Brooks, Al Capone, Delbert McClinton, Steve Gill, among others.
• • Claudia Pinto added that the amenities offered are: In-room dining, marble bathrooms with steeping tubs or separate walk-in showers, plush bathrobes, Gilchrist & Soames skin care, and bath products.
• • The well-preserved 125-room Union Station Hotel is centrally located: 1001 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203.

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1 comment:

  1. The divine Miss West did indeed play Nashville on several occasions. However, she could not have stayed in the Union Station's Presidential Suite as The Tennessean newspaper's Claudio Pinto states, nor could FDR, Al Capone or many others she claims stayed there. It did not open as a hotel until 1986, 6 years after Mae's passing. Mae more than likely graced the historic fabled and fabulour Hermitage Hotel, still going strong at 99 years old.