Saturday, July 23, 2011

Mae West: Ruby and Kirby

James Donlan appeared in one cinema classic with MAE WEST.
• • Born in San Francisco in the month of July — — on 23 July 1888 — — James Donlan got caught up in the motion picture whirl during 1929 when he was already 41 years old.
• • Though he sang in two motion pictures, his forte was his versatility as a character actor.
• • Between 1929 — 1938, he appeared in more than 100 movies including "Belle of the Nineties" [1934], portraying Kirby, manager of the boxer Tiger Kid. He also was cast in a few comedies with the Three Stooges. The film's original title "It Ain't No Sin," was banned by the censors.
• • He is the father of actress Yolande Donlan, who published her autobiography, "Shake the Stars Down" [1976], a memoir that explores her childhood, her father's hectic schedule doing bit parts in a dozen pictures a year for nine years, and growing up in Tinseltown during the 1930s.
• • James Donlan died in Hollywood of a heart attack on 7 June 1938 — — a month shy of his 50th birthday.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West scripted this exchange for her film "Belle of the Nineties" [1934]:
• • Ace Lamont: You're the kind of woman I dreamed about... always desired. I'm wild about you.
• • Ruby Carter: Some of the wildest men make the best pets.
• • Ace Lamont: Ruby, I must have you... your golden hair, your fascinating eyes, your alluring smile, and lovely arms...
• • Ruby Carter: Wait a minute. Is this a proposal, or are yuh takin' inventory?
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Mae West's message lives on in the halls of higher learning. As you may recall, Mae said, "You only live once but, if you do it right, once is enough!"
— — among other things.
• • From The Windy City, reporter Joseph Ruzich writes: School board members in West Chicago turned to an unlikely source — — the late sex symbol Mae West — — to provide them with some encouragement Tuesday night. A line from West, a flirtatious and curvaceous actress and entertainer from a showbiz era long ago, was read as the "encouraging word quotation" at the District 94 board meeting.
• • The wisdom of sex symbol Mae West distilled Tuesday night by District 94 school board members: “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
• • Quotes, typically inspirational thoughts from notable people, are a regular part of District 94 board meetings.
• • The board, which oversees Community High School in West Chicago, has been reciting encouraging quotes for several years, officials said. The quote is read by a different board member at each meeting.
• • Superintendent Lalo Ponce, who searches the Internet for a saying before each meeting, said each quote "reflects important things about life" and must promote the district's mission of learning, leadership and living.
• • "I think it puts everyone in the right frame of mind of doing good work for the students," he said.
• • Lalo Ponce said the quote from West that the district selected is about "the words, not the individual who said them." But during her legendary career, which included a number of Depression-era films such as "I'm No Angel," West naughtily delivered other lines that likely won't turn up as encouraging quotes at school board meetings. A sampling: "I used to be Snow White, but I drifted," and "When caught between two evils, I generally pick the one I've never tried before."
• • School Board President Katherine Doremus said the encouraging words have been so inspiring that she is considering having a quote read every morning over the loudspeaker at the high school. ...
• • Source: Article: "School board summons wisdom of Mae West — — District 94 officials read quote from saucy 20th century bombshell at meeting" written by Joseph Ruzich, Special to the Tribune for The Chicago Tribune; posted on 21 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 2000th 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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