Monday, August 30, 2010

Mae West: Mobile Movie Queen

The "mobile motor lodge" owned by MAE WEST has brought her history on wheels to a whole new audience: the RV buffs. Roving exhibitions have featured this vehicle along with a colorful coffeetable book.
• • In 1931, Mae West’s Paramount Studios contract included a chauffeur-driven “house car” for the star to relax in while filming movies. And it's interesting that Mae West happens to have something in common with Henry Ford [30 July 1863 — 7 April 1947] , Thomas Edison, Howard Hughes, John Madden, the Partridge Family [ABC series aired originally from 25 September 1970 until 31 August 1974], Ken Kesey, The Who, and even Barbie. All of these had a home on wheels — — be it an old converted school bus, a massive RV cruiser, or an elegant house car. These celebrity motorhomes are only the frosting on the cake in Douglas Keister's entertaining and informative new book Mobile Mansions.
• • Chico, California-based photographer Douglas Keister fills out his ultimate guide to RV nostalgia with entertaining descriptions, as well as a sampling of photos, including the deluxe motel-in-motion once enjoyed by Mae West and other cultural icons. Gibbs Smith is the publisher.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online:
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