Friday, June 17, 2011

Mae West: Two Auctions

Rare MAE WEST items are being offered in two auctions this week in North America.
• • In southern California, previews are currently in progress for the Profiles in History sale set for this Saturday. Over 3,000 items from "The Debbie Reynolds Collection" include costumes, props, and memorabilia from cinema's Golden Age, acquired from various movie studios over five decades. Miss Reynolds had once owned a deep blue Mae West costume from "Every Day's a Holiday," however, she's had a few auctions over the years and may have sold this special gown.
• • Mae West, W.C. Fields, Basil Rathbone, Gary Cooper, Robert Duvall, Jimmy Stewart, Lana Turner, Sean Connery, Grace Kelly, Eva Marie Saint, Kim Novak, Dean Martin, Natalie Wood, Robert Redford, George C. Scott, Mel Gibson, and Tom Cruise are among the performers associated with these auction items.
• • WHEN: Previews are going on now through Friday, 17 June 2011, from 12 noon to 5:00 PM. Auction will be held on Saturday, 18 June 2011 from 12 noon.
• • WHERE: The Paley Center for Media, 465 Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills, California (near Rodeo Drive); Tel. 310-786-1025.
• • Auction in Canada • •
• • Their catalogue describes Lot # 52 this way: Mae West and W. C. Fields signed contract for My Little Chickadee, Fields letters and other ephemera.
• • When they were collaborating on this motion picture, both Mae West and W. C. Fields signed a Universal Films contract. The document is dated 16 October 1939. Fans have already begun to bid on this lot.
• • Though you can phone in your bids, the live auction will take place on 18 June 2011 at 12 noon. For more details, contact Technologies in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada.
• • Earl Carroll • •
• • During the summer of 1922, Mae West was desperately knocking on her friend Earl Carroll's door. The performer needed assistance so that "The Ginger Box Revue" could be staged. "Boy, did I pester him!" Mae told a reporter. But when the millionaire impresario (famous for eleven editions of "Earl Carroll's Vanities") brushed her off, Mae's hopes fizzled and the musical revue foundered.
• • Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on 16 September 1893, Earl Carroll was an ambitious American theatrical producer, director, songwriter, and composer. Known as "the troubadour of the nude," Carroll was well-known for his productions featuring the most lightly clad showgirls on Broadway.
• • When he was 54, Earl Carroll died in the crash of United Airlines Flight 624, which also took the life of his 39-year-old girlfriend, Beryl Wallace, in Aristes, Pennsylvania in the month of June — — on 17 June 1948.
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Sharon Galligar Chance notes: Authors Ellen F. Brown and John Wiley Jr. — — in "Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind: A Bestseller's Odyssey from Atlanta to Hollywood" — — claim that actress Mae West was considered for the role of madam Belle Whatley and Shirley Temple for the role of "Bonnie Blue Butler" in the movie.
• • Source: Article: "Be swept away by making of 'Gone with the Wind'" written by Sharon Galligar Chance for Scripps Newspapers/; posted on 28 May 2011
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 1964th 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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