Thursday, September 23, 2010

Mae West: Jenks and Gents

MAE WEST worked with two actors born on the same date — — and relaxed after a long day on the set with a bowl of Barney's chili. Clearly, she knew her beans.
• • Born in Norristown, Pennsylvania in the month of September — — on 23 September 1876 — — Si Jenks played a Country Bumpkin in "Go West Young Man" [1936].
• • The former vaudevillian was usually cast in motion pictures as a bewhiskered curmudeon type. Seen in hundreds of westerns, the bit part player usually added a few chuckles to the scene as a toothless old codger.
• • Si Jenks developed heart diseasse and died on 6 January 1970 in Woodland Hills, California.
• • Born in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada in the month of September — — on 23 September 1897 — — Walter Pidgeon played Mr. Chambers, the chairman in "Sextette" [1978].
• • Dapper and tall [6' 2 1/2"], Pigeon began his career as a voice student at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, which helped him land several roles in Broadway musicals. When his footsteps led to a silver screen career, he began in silents and transitioned to talkies. Despite his good looks, he was seldom seen as a leading man, though he had a long career in supporting roles.
• • Walter Pidgeon died of a stroke on 25 September 1984 in Santa Monica, California.
• • Mae West Was a Regular at Barney's Beanery • •
• • Barney's Beanery, the third oldest restaurant in Los Angeles and venerable roadhouse/ famed celebrity hangout, will kick off its 90th anniversary celebration with a "5 Alarm Chili Cook-off" on Saturday, 9 October 2010, at the venerable roadhouse's original location which opened in 1920. ... The roadhouse's history includes a continuous following of Hollywood celebrities, including Quentin Tarantino who wrote parts of Pulp Fiction tableside, Doors' Jim Morrison who spent many a raucous night there, Janis Joplin, who was served her last meal there, and over the years iconic regulars, including Mae West, Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, W.C. Fields, Jack Nicholson, Bruce Springsteen, Demi Moore, Adam Sandler, and Drew Carey.
• • Lester Colodny Worked with Mae West • •
• • Born in Brooklyn, NY in 1925, Les Colody portrayed a card player in a revival of "Diamond Lil" — — starring Mae West — — when the popular crowd-pleaser was on Broadway during its 1951 production [from 14 September 1951 — 10 November 1951].
• • Fast forward 59 years. According to the Jewish Ledger: Lester Colodny of Westport, Connecticut spent decades in show business as a talent agent, ad man, writer, actor, director, and producer. His just-published memoir, "A Funny Thing Happened: Life Behind the Scenes — Hollywood Hilarity and Manhattan Mayhem" is an account of those years, when he worked with such luminaries as Mae West, Mel Brooks, Joan Rivers, Frank Sinatra, and Dave Garroway, to name a few. As an agent, he discovered Woody Allen. ...
• • Lester Colodny is now 85 years old and we wish him well with this book.
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