Thursday, December 17, 2009

Mae West: Accuracy, Anyone?

An article in a Missouri newspaper, reminiscing about innovations and important events during 1909, flashed upon MAE WEST and Guido Deiro — — but the fact-checkers were away on maternity leave maybe.
• • As many Mae mavens know, the Brooklyn bombshell and the Italian accordionist Guido Deiro made beautiful music together for several years in variety. Her marriage to the Mediterranean keyboard king was one of the few secrets Mae kept from her mother Matilda.
• • On the 14th of July 1920, Mae West filed for a divorce from Guido Deiro, charging him with abandonment. Having moved back to her parents' house in Queens County, Mae filed her petition at the courthouse in Jamaica, Queens.
• • When their divorce became final in November 1920, Guido quickly wed his third (and much younger) wife, with whom he would have a son.
• • Kathy Fairchild, columnist for The Marshall Democrat-News, knows none of this; she does not even bother to check the spelling of Guido's surname. Despite her deficiencies, she courageously forges ahead, scribbling this sloppiness:
• • On June 1, 1909 Guido Diero [sic] introduced the musical instrument known today as the accordion. Diero, it's been said, was once married to Mae West, who, in 1933's "She Done Him Wrong," asked a very young Cary Grant, playing the part of a Salvation Army officer, "I always did like a man in uniform. Why don't you come up sometime and see me?" West split with Diero in 1916, but probably wasn't married to him; she was already married to someone else. ...
• • Well, now you know where NOT to go if you're a stickler for accuracy, eh?
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• • Article: "MDN at 130: Movers and shakers of 20th century arrive on the scene in 1909"
• • BY: Kathy Fairchild
• • Published by: The Marshall Democrat-News [Marshall, Missouri; T. (660) 886-2233] — — www.marshallnews.com
• • Published on: 16 December 2009

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