Sunday, August 07, 2011

Mae West: Frank Buchman

It was August 1939 when MAE WEST agreed to meet with Frank Buchman for a half an hour.
• • Born in in Pennsburg, Pennsylvania on 4 June 1878, Franklin Nathaniel Daniel Buchman was a Protestant Christian evangelist who founded the Oxford Group (known as Moral Re-Armament from 1938 until 2001, and as Initiatives of Change since then). Buchman was a controversial figure throughout much of his adult life, and critics dubbed his movement as "Buchmanism" from the 1920s.
• • Buchman, who never married, went out to Hollywood in 1939 to have himself photographed with movie stars as a way to use these pictures for his own publicity.
• • In August 1939, Mae West suggested that Buchman also make a call on film comedian W.C. Fields.
• • Despite a stroke in 1942, and failing health that eventually led to blindness and immobility, he remained fairly active for the next nineteen years. Buchman died in Freudenstadt, Germany in the month of August — — on 7 August 1961.
• • Mae West & Eugene O'Neill: Off-beat Links • •
• • Historical Events for 9th April 1928:
• • Eugene O'Neill's "Lazarus Laughed" premieres in Pasadena, California.
• • Mae West's Broadway debut in her daring new play "Diamond Lil" at the Royale Theatre.
• • On Sunday afternoon, 14 August 2011 • •
• • "Mae West in Bohemia — — Gin, Sin, Censorship, and Eugene O'Neill"
• • Mae West's birthday is August 17th. Join us at 3:00 pm on Sunday afternoon, 14 August 2011. The title of this illustrated historical theme walk is "Mae West in Bohemia — — Gin, Sin, Censorship, and Eugene O'Neill." Rare vintage illustrations will show you how the buildings and blocks looked as these two theatre people saw them.
• • Where: This illustrated walking tour begins at 62 West Ninth Street, NYC (near Sixth Avenue). Join us and take a walk on the wild side next weekend.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I feel like a million tonight — — but one at a time."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Mae West is mentioned in a new book by David Wallace — — Capital of the World: A Portrait of New York City in the Roaring Twenties.
• • Slate reporter Libby Copeland writes: Capital of the World, which just came out, is a rollicking look at the outsize personalities who defined the city in the ‘20s. Tellingly, given the freedoms and irreverence of the era, there are a lot of women in the book. Some of their names are familiar (Dorothy Parker, Fanny Brice, Martha Graham) and some are less so. Wallace introduces us to Texas Guinan, a housewife [sic] turned celluloid cowgirl who parlayed her Hollywood fame into a job as a New York City speakeasy hostess. Texas Guinan’s job was to get people drunk and entertain them, and she was spectacularly good at it, making oodles of money (though a lot of it had to go to bribes). Guinan turned insult into an art form — — she liked to greet customers with the phrase “Hello, suckers!”— — and she later became the inspiration for Mae West’s brand of sass. ...
• • Source: Article: "Limited Engagement! One Night Only! A Panel Tonight on New York During the '20s and '40s!" written by Libby Copeland for Slate; posted Wednesday, 3 August 2011
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2015th 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:
Add to Google
• • Photo: • • Mae West • • August 1939 • •
• • Feed — —
Mae West.

1 comment:

  1. Andrew Stallybrass5:31 AM

    Fascinating. Where did you find this photo? We've just marked the 50th anniversary of Buchman's death, at the Caux conference centre. See: