Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Mae West: Maidel Turner

Maidel Turner was cast in one motion picture starring MAE WEST. The five-foot-six actress accepted the minor role of Lydia Bowley in "Klondike Annie" [1936].
• • Born in Sherman, Texas on 12 May 1888, Maidel Turner was featured in 62 motion pictures. Her first was the silent flick "The Angel of the Slums" [1913]; the 25-year-old newcomer was the only female in the cast, and surrounded by three handsome gentlemen. She bid farewell to the silver screen in the Frank Capra comedy "Here Comes the Groom" [1951], which starred Bing Crosby and also featured actor Walter Catlett — — who was memorable in the amusing role of Nifty Bailey opposite Mae West's Peaches O'Day in "Every Day's a Holiday" [1937].
• • Two years after she retired from the cinema, Maidel Turner died in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. She was 64 years old when she left us in April — — on 12 April 1953.
• • Though we do not have a photo of Maidel Turner, here's Mae in costume for "Klondike Annie."
• • 12 April 1930 • •
• • The Wall Street crash in 1929 destroyed the financial security of many families in the entertainment industry. Broadway star Mae West entertained in New York City at the Give-a-Job Benefit on 12 April 1930 with many other well-known performers.
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • It is interesting that the Bavarian people have a chance to admire Mae West every day now as they drive past a traffic circle. Cranes Today Magazine reported: German crane rental firm Schmidbauer has helped to erect a 52m tall sculpture, named after 1930’s Hollywood icon Mae West, on a busy roundabout in Munich, Germany. A Liebherr LR 1600/2 was used to place the sculpture’s 57t upper section on top of the 15m tall base section on the roundabout at one of the busiest traffic blackspots in the city, the Effnerplatz. ... Erection of the ‘Mae West’ sculpture, an hourglass shaped arrangement of steel supports intended to depict the movements of a dancer, was completed in late January [2011]. ...
• • Source: Article: "Mae West cuts a fine figure in Munich" written by staff, Cranes Today Magazine; posted on 12 April 2011
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 1897th 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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