Sunday, October 18, 2009

Mae West: The Star Museum

An intriguing museum not far from The White House and the Lincoln Memorial — — housing autographs and other curiosities linked to MAE WEST — — offers an exhibition this month with a vaguely Hallowe'enish theme: “Hell’s Belles!”
• • Owned and operated by Robert Weisfeld, The Star Museum features a galaxy of memorabilia tied to Tinseltown and the nascent film industry, especially silent screen luminaries.
• • Rarities preserved and displayed by Robert Weisfeld include unusual apparel and accessories such as Clara Bow's hat, Joan Crawford's elaborate black opera coat, Valentino's blue monogrammed handkerchief, and the bonnet Lillian Gish wore in D.W. Griffith’s "Birth of a Nation."
• • The current exhibit “Hell’s Belles,” which opened on 9 October 2009, runs until 30 October 2009. If you pass their picture windows this month, you will notice items related to New England's infamous axe assassin Lizzie Borden and murdered actress Sharon Tate, who was eight months pregnant when Manson family lunatic Susan Atkins killed her.
• • If you especially dote on silent screen stars, there is an eyeful here.
• • Where: The Star Museum [170 E. Main Street, Abingdon, Virginia] presenting “Hell’s Belles!” through October 30th; info: (276) 608-7452.
• • Featured: Mae West, Lizzie Borden, Jayne Mansfield, Sharon Tate, Janis Joplin, Marilyn Monroe, Vivien Leigh, etc.

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