Friday, February 04, 2011

Mae West: Aggie Herring

A busy character actress worked with MAE WEST in "She Done Him Wrong," but was often uncredited despite being cast in over 100 motion pictures.
• • Born in San Francisco in the month of February — — on 4 February 1876 — — the five-foot-four performer launched her silver screen career at the age of 40 with a Western, "The Darkening Trail" [1915], which starred William S. Hart, who also directed.
• • In "She Done Him Wrong," Aggie Herring was cast as Mrs. Flaherty. She was 57 when that motion picture premiered in 1933.
• • Six years later, her last cinema gig would be in "Everybody's Baby" [1939], a production that also featured Hattie McDaniel, who was seen in "I'm No Angel" [1933] as Mae West's maid.
• • Employed in the screen trade right until the end, Agnes Herring died on 28 October 1939 in Santa Monica, California at age 63.
• • Come Up Sometime and See Me • •
• • What is it that makes particular lines of dialogue so irresistible that they become enduring catchphrases? askes Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle Movie Critic. In his intriguing article "Best movie lines deserve an Oscar" [from 3 February 2011], he suggests this: It's time the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognized the art and importance of individual lines of dialogue and considered an award for best line. . . .
• • Pondering the long-lasting appeal of one of Theda Bara's lines, Mick LaSalle adds: Perhaps it was an aspiration to sexual power, the same thing that launched Jean Harlow's line "Would you be shocked if I put on something more comfortable?" ("Hell's Angels") in 1930. Or Mae West's "Come up sometime and see me" (improved upon by the public as "Come up and see me sometime") from "She Done Him Wrong" (1933). ...
• • Read the rest of Mick LaSalle's movie column at
• • Memorable Meeting with Mae • •
• • Interviewed by a reporter recently, Elton John said that one of his most unforgettable moments was meeting Mae West. Other favorite memories included the time Neil Diamond introduced him at the Troubador, chatting with Groucho Marx, and meeting Bob Dylan. [The complete interview with Sir Elton appears in Rolling Stone Magazine.]
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• • Photo: • • Mae West • • 1933 • •
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