Monday, December 20, 2010

Mae West: Vaux on Sixth

In the middle of December in 1937 there was an avalanche of hissing headlines about MAE WEST — — in Variety, Time Magazine, The New York Times, and the Motion Picture Herald (such as "Radio Begs Trouble") — — thanks to her promotional appearance on The Chase and Sanborn Hour with Edgar Bergen.
• • The broadcast was timed to publicize her latest motion picture "Every Day's a Holiday," the 80 minute comedy released on 18 December 1937. The film was directed by A. Edward Sutherland [5 January 1895 — 31 December 1973].
• • How did Mae react to the hysteria whipped up by the hungry hounds in the news room? Naturally, she had seen a similar blitzkrieg when she was arrested in 1927 and paddy-wagoned over to the Jefferson Market Police Court.
• • That stately structure was co-designed by Frederick Clarke Withers and Calvert Vaux. Born in London in the month of December — — on 20 December 1824 — — Calvert Vaux was an architect and landscape designer. He is also well remembered as the co-designer (with Frederick Law Olmsted) of New York's Central Park.
• • The Jefferson Market Branch, New York Public Library, still familiar to New Yorkers as Jefferson Market Courthouse, is located at 425 6th Avenue (SW corner of West 10th St) in Greenwich Village, New York City on a triangular plot formed by Greenwich Avenue and West 10th Street. The building was originally built as the Third Judicial District Courthouse between the years 1874 — 1877.

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