Thursday, March 31, 2011

Mae West: Takes It Off

When MAE WEST was working in burlesque in the mid-1920s, she used a big powder puff and shook her talcum all over the men in the first row. A 30-year-old Boston native, whose stage name is Dizzy Von Damn, channels the vivacious Brooklyn bombshell in her act: Uncommon Burlesque. Naturally, you want to know more, yes?
• • Kelli Skye Fadroski writes: The lights dim, the music slows down a beat and a spotlight beams brightly on the night’s hostess, Dizzy Von Damn, dolled up this particular evening in tribute to one of her favorite Hollywood sex symbols, Mae West. A commanding presence, Von Damn is quick-witted and above all confident as she and her entourage of seasoned performers fearlessly takes to the small stage at the Commonwealth Lounge in downtown Fullerton, entertaining with skits as humorous as they are saucy.
• • Kelli Skye Fadroski adds: This is Uncommon Burlesque, a traveling production from Von Damn that appears . . . in Fullerton and . . . in Newport Beach. Working with a rotating group of ladies at each location, Von Damn has built up a strong network of budding burlesque stars from as nearby as Los Angeles to as far away as New Zealand. ...
• • Source: "Uncommon Burlesque spices up O.C. nightlife" written by Kelli Skye Fadroski for The Orange County Register; posted on 30 March 2011.
• • 31 March 1912 • •
• • The end of March signaled the beginning of excitement down at "The Corner" [Seventh Avenue and 42nd Street]. The New York Times announced on 31 March 1912 that "Mae West and Her Boys" would take the stage at Hammerstein's Victoria.
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Stephen Battaglio introduces his TV Biz column like this: Mae West once said, "All discarded lovers should be given a second chance, but with somebody else." Several TV networks couldn't agree more. ...
• • Source: "The Biz: Second-chance Successes" written by Stephen Battaglio, TV Guide; posted on 30 March 2011
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 1885th blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.

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