Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Mae West: Bob Hope

Bob Hope appeared with MAE WEST on TV on 4 May 1959 and, occasionally, their careers intersected. For instance, in March 1958 they were both in Hollywood rehearsing for the same Academy Awards presentation. Hope performed with dancer-actress Shirley MacLaine and Mae West sang with Rock Hudson. Life Magazine ran this candid photo.
• • The ski-slope-nosed comedian was born as Leslie Townes Hope in London, England on 29 May 1903. Both stars, of course, had toured in vaudeville, were heard on radio, starred on Broadway, and also worked at Paramount Pictures (though not on the same motion pictures). Paramount excelled in comedy — — having Mae West, W.C. Fields, the Marx Brothers, Bob Hope, and Bing Crosby all under contract.
• • The versatile British-born American comedian and actor was also noted for his work with the US Armed Forces and his numerous USO shows entertaining American military personnel.
• • Bob Hope was 100 years old when he died at his home in Toluca Lake, California of pneumonia in the month of July — — at 9:28 pm on 27 July 2003. He was interred in the Bob Hope Memorial Garden at San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Los Angeles, where his mother is also buried.
• • Photo Credit: Leonard McCombe/Time & Life Pictures/ Getty Images 01 March 1958
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "A dame that knows the ropes isn't likely to get tied up."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Lori Bryant Woolridge, Sensuality Coach, defends "scandalous" women such as Mae West. She writes: When I think about the famous women, like Jennifer Lopez, who many of us look up to as sensual and sexual icons, most are considered scandalous in some form or fashion. Think about it: Cleopatra, Mae West, Coco Chanel, Josephine Baker, Elizabeth Taylor, Diana Ross, Cher, Madonna, Angelina Jolie. All are women who by living and loving (and dressing) on their own terms, often created controversy and concern among the keepers of society's moral compass. But they weren't afraid of being judged. They were afraid of not living fully expressed. A healthy fear, I think.
• • These women lived by their own values and rules, and while some choices led them down rather destructive paths, others led to great success and happiness, and both paths led them towards an authentic life... one that for good or bad, right or wrong, was dictated by their own sense of individual truth. The more I think about it, the more I become a quiet advocate for delightfully scandalous living. Scandalous women are sexy. ...
• • Source: Article: "Living Delightfully Scandalous" written by Lori Bryant Woolridge for HuffPost Women; posted on 26 July 2011
• • 17 July 2004 17 July 2011 • •
• • In mid-July the Mae West Blog celebrates its seventh anniversary. Thank you to all those Mae-mavens who come up and see Mae every day.
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2004th 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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• • Photo: • • Mae West • • March 1958 • •
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