Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Mae West: Tucked in with Sophie

At the end of 1919, MAE WEST was very busy — — and maybe a bit awestruck knowing that she was on the same stagebill with Sophie Tucker.
• • The 26-year-old "firefly of vaudeville" was featured at the 44th Street Theatre [near Broadway]. On the program was the top-billed act — — Sophie Tucker and Her Kings of Syncopation — — along with Ames & Winthrop, Mae West, Riggs & Witchie, and "8 other favorite acts."
• • Sophie Tucker • •
• • Sophie Tucker [13 January 1884 — 9 February 1966] was one of the most popular entertainers in America during the first third of the 20th century. Almost ten years older than Mae and not as controversial when she launched her career, Sophie Tucker had an ethnic appeal which upped her forward momentum and she was, in fact, a much bigger draw in vaudeville than the Brooklyn bombshell.
• • Mae West: Bombshell & Atom Bomb • •
• • The latest Marilyn Monroe "controversy" is out now, thanks to Remo's new video and painting on YouTube entitled "Persistence of Marlyn Monroe's Memory — — A Tribute by Remo." Marilyn Monroe stars with strange bedfellows Salvador Dali, Mae West, Mick Jagger, Adolph Hitler, Mona Lisa, and the Atomic Bomb in the painting and also in the quasi documentary video. "Persistence of . . ." is an updated interpretation (created by 36-year-old Argentine metaphysical artist Remo) of the Salvador Dali surreal masterpiece "Persistence of Memory," painted by Dali in 1931.
• • Mae West Arrested on 9 February 1927 • •
• • It was on 9 February 1927 that Mae — — along with the cast of "Sex," and the cast of "The Captive," and the cast of "The Virgin Man" — — was cuffed and dragged in to Night Court.
• • Broadway ingenue Dorothy Hall [1906 — 1953] was the youngest actress to face the judge after the raid; Hall was 21 years old. Helen Menken was 26 and Mae was 33 at the time of this arrest.
• • One-Woman Skit on Mae West for 9 February 2011 • •
• • The Hilltoppers senior citizens group of Scott will hold their monthly meeting on 9 February 2011 at Covenant-Community Presbyterian Church, 1630 Greentree Road, Pittsburgh, PA. After lunch and a brief meeting, actress Karen Durham will present her one-woman skit on Mae West. RSVP: 412-341-8640.
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• • Photo: • • Mae West • • by Remo, 2011 • •
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