Friday, March 18, 2011

Mae West: Princess She-Who-Mountains-in-Front

MAE WEST's play "Sex" closed during the month of March 1927. The obscenity trial was in progress at Jefferson Market Courthouse and the producers explained that the Broadway star was "exhausted." The blockbuster hit opened in April 1926 at Daly's 63rd Street Theatre.
• • Mae West: Pipe Dream in Munich • •
• • In March 2011, an article appeared on the unique fiber architecture and mandrel-less filament winding process that would make an “impossible” rotational paraboloid sculpture possible in carbon composites.
• • Source: "Case Study" written by Donna Dawson for the publication High-Performance Composites; March 2011
• • Mae West's Chauffeur, Ray Wallace, Commits Suicide in Car • •
• • Depressed, the 44-year-old African-American World War 2 veteran had promised to kill himself, recalled Mae West about her former personal chauffeur. Ray Charles Wallace eased out of his vale of tears inside the actress's Cadillac, inhaling toxic exhaust fumes as he huddled under a quilt. At the time he was on a farm near Patoka, Indiana.
• • Source: Jet Magazine, 3 March 1955 issue
• • Princess She-Who-Mountains-in-Front • •
• • Away from what she calls "the linen battlefields," Mae became a vaudeville headliner, a star in Broadway musicals and in her own lubricious dramas — Sex, Diamond Lil, and The Constant Sinner. In a dozen Hollywood films, Mae triumphed on both sides of the Atlantic. During the war, her shape was saluted by R.A.F. pilots, who called their inflatable life jackets "Mae Wests." U.S. Indians, naturally with the dedicated help of publicity men, made Mae a member of the Lakota tribe as Princess She-Who-Mountains-in-Front. ..
• • Source: Time Magazine, 1959
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• • Anthony Quinn, talking about his career and life, confided on "The Johnny Carson Show" that the three most amazing women he had ever met were Mae West, Aimee Semple McPherson, and Laurette Taylor. [In 1936, Quinn made the leap into the acting profession. That year he had a role onstage in "Clean Beds" with Mae West, a play that she financed and produced. His part was a take-off of John Barrymore, then an aging actor fading from the limelight.]
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