Monday, May 31, 2010

Mae West: Manassa Mauler

Before bidding adieu to the month of May, it's fitting to memorialize one of the famous palookas whose good looks and midnight maneuvers (temporarily) knocked out MAE WEST.
• • There are enough boxing bio-pics onscreen during the flag-draped weekend of May 30th — 31st that, inevitably, thoughts turn to the handsome (former) heavyweight champion of the world Jack "Manassa Mauler" Dempsey [24 June 1895 — 31 May 1983], who died at the end of May and wooed the actress during 1921 when she was performing in "The Mimic World of 1921."
• • At the tail end of May 1983, the 87-year-old title-holder died of natural causes at age 87. His wife Deanna was at his side when Dempsey assured her: "Don't worry, honey! I'm too mean to die." He was buried in the Southampton Cemetery in Southampton, New York.
• • Jack Dempsey is a member of the International Boxing Hall Of Fame. The street where Madison Square Garden is located is called Jack Dempsey Corner.
• • Jack Dempsey: always in our hearts.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online:
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