Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Mae West: Wiard Boppo Ihnen

"Go West Young Man" [1936] starred MAE WEST and the Art Direction credit went to Wiard Ihnen.
• • Born on the East Coast (either in Jersey City or New York City, depending on the source), Wiard Boppo Ihnen came into this world on 5 August 1897. His father was an architect and he trained for his father's profession at Columbia University. Nicknamed Bill, the college student was undecided and left for Paris to devote himself to painting.
• • According to The AllMovie Guide: Working as an architect, he designed a few estates in New York. Ihnen began working with Adolph Zukor at the Manhattan studios of Famous Players — Lasky in 1919 and remained there through the early 1930s when he moved to the Long Island-based Astoria studios of Paramount. Eventually, Ihnen worked for a number of major studios and worked with some of the world's greatest filmmakers. ...
• • In 1940, 43-year-old Bill Ihnen wed the notable costume designer Edith Head. He won two Oscars during the 1940s for Art Direction and retired from the screen trade in 1960, after working on 49 productions. Still married to Edith Head at the time of his death, he died in Los Angeles in the month of June — — on 22 June 1979.  He was 81.
• • In June 1934 • •
• • A featured article "Come Up and Meet Mae West" by Frank Condon appeared in Collier's Magazine, issue of 16 June 1934.
• • In June 1973 • •
• • Hollywood Studio Magazine featured Mae West on its cheerful red cover for the June 1973 issue. Mae was shown in one of her costumes from "Klondike Annie." The cover line was "Hollywood's Hall of Fame — — Mae West."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: Love thy neighbor — — and if he happens to be tall, debonair and devastating, it will be that much easier.
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Dirk Pena writes: Santa Monica has usually had a historical past of currently being the area for the rich and powerful. In the past, the likes of Mae West, Will Rogers, Greta Garbo, Harold Lloyd, Louis B. Mayer, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford, and William Randolph Hearst lived and mingled with rich visitors in the spot. ...
• • Source: Article: "Architectural Intended Houses In Hollywood Hills" written by Dirk Pena for Clarewood Mercado; posted on 20 June 2011
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 1969th 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.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online:

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• • Photo:
• • Mae West • • with handsome Randolph Scott, 1936 • •• • Feed — —
Mae West.

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