Mention Jascha Heifetz and few would suspect a link to MAE WEST during the Prohibition Era.
• • Born in 1901 in Vilnius (then the Russian Empire, now Lithuania), Jascha Heifetz was a violin virtuoso. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest violinists of all time and people who follow classical music know about his other career highlights and recordings.
• • In 1930, the 29-year-old Heifetz lived next door to Mae West in Manhattan.
• • Heifetz died in Los Angeles during the month of December — — on 10 December 1987 at the age of 86.
• • Shadow and Substance: My Time with Charlie Chaplin • •
• • St. Louis, Missouri writer Gerry Mandel turned his extensive knowledge about early Hollywood, the Jazz Age, and Chaplin into his first novel. Douglas Fairbanks is seen bending elbows with Chaplin at a Los Angeles bar, and Mae West, Buster Keaton, and Cary Grant are noticed in local hang-outs, too. If you enjoy fiction that swirls around celebrity names and seethes with Chaplinesque mysteries, check this out. And good luck to Mr. Mandel.
• • On 10 December 2010 help restore a vaudeville gem! • •
• • Speaking of Mae West and Buster Keaton, these vaudeville greats once performed at the Lyric Theatre on Third Avenue North in downtown Birmingham, Alabama. That magnificent old vaudeville palace has become, alas, quite dilapidated and thus it's been shuttered for decades. Tsk! But the non-profit group Birmingham Landmarks Inc. is hosting a Benefit, hoping to raise enough green to restore this playhouse. The fundraiser is set for the Spring Street Firehouse in Avondale tonight — — on Friday, 10 December 2010 at 7 PM. Tell them the Mae West Blog gave you a nudge.
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