Monday, May 30, 2011

Mae West: Dave, Diamonds, Golf

Few people made MAE WEST laugh louder than Dave Apollon.
• • Born in Kiev, Russia on 23 February 1897, Dave's heavy "sour cream accent" was so hilarious that Mae West knew exactly how to increase his comic capital when they worked together during 1922 in the ill-fated "Ginger Box Revue" [slated to open at the Greenwich Village Theatre in Sheridan Square].
• • When a shady producer short-changed the cast by not producing the expected costumes and scenery, Mae pushed Dave Apollon onstage to deliver a prologue. Apologizing for the third-rate production the audience was about to see, Apollon muttered under his breath, "Ach! It was better under the czar with the lousy pogroms!"
• • Dave Apollon also worked as a mandolin player.
• • The vaudevillian died in Las Vegas at age 75 at the end of May — — on 30 May 1972.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • "Diamonds is my career!" — — "Diamond Lil" written by Mae West.
• • In 1979, during an interview at her apartment, Mae West discussed her lifelong passion for diamonds with the writer Charlotte Chandler: "They're all real. They were given to me by admirers." Her gaze settled on my unadorned hands. "Oh, you poor kid! You don't have any!" For a moment she regarded me with pity. Then she brightened. "But you have some at home?"
• • I shook my head (notes Charlotte Chandler).
• • She studied me, then said encouragingly, "You could, honey. But you've gotta try, and you've gotta know how to try. Knowing what you want is the first step toward getting it. There's nothing better in life than diamonds. ..."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • One of Canada's top golf greens is the Waskesiu Golf Course, located at Waskesiu Lake in Prince Albert National Park, where the eighth hole has become known as the Mae West. Hmmmm.
• • The StarPhoenix notes: The 6,301-yard course tests the precision of golfers with its tight treelined fairways and smaller greens. "It's a course you can play over and over and always feel like you're playing it for the first time. It brings different challenges every time," says Peter Anholt, general manager of Waskesiu Golf Course. Consider the eighth hole, also known as the 'Mae West' because of the contoured hills that frame the green. It takes most golfers three good shots to get to the green! . . .
• • Source: Article: "Golfer's paradise awaits at Waskesiu" written by Staff for The StarPhoenix; posted on 28 May 2011
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 1946th 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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