Friday, August 12, 2011

Mae West: Richard Kyle Fox

There is a scene in "Diamond Lil" and also in "She Done Him Wrong" that shows MAE WEST's character relaxing in bed reading an issue of the National Police Gazette. Shortly after the release of the 1933 motion picture, Mae was, in fact, featured on the publication's front page. Though her photo was used only once on page 1, articles about the Empress of Sex continued to be cover lines throughout the years. One example: MAE WEST is 78 years old and still red hot! "I FEEL SEXY ALL THE TIME..." Mae gives her uncensored views on nudity, sex, homosexuals, and love. Here she tells how Hollywood has changed since she first came there 40 years ago! [Source: Police Gazette Magazine, Vol. CLXXV (175), June 1970, No. 6]
• • Richard Kyle Fox, the editor and proprietor of the original Police Gazette during its heyday, was the publication's beloved paternalistic leader. Born in Ireland in the month of August — — on 12 August 1846 — — Richard Fox seemed to possess all the right instincts for lurid self-promotion. The weekly journal was known for its sensationalism, risqué pictures of showgirls, the glorification of male strength, and the sponsorship of boxing bouts and other sports. He put so much of his personal stamp on everything surrounding the publication that the names Richard K. Fox and National Police Gazette were nearly synonymous. Fox was the ringmaster of this pink-paged circus from 1877 until his death on 14 November 1922.
• • Mae West & Eugene O'Neill: Off-beat Links • •
• • Eugene O'Neill's parents were both of Irish descent and proudly so. His father James O'Neill even commissioned a play called, "The O'Neill," and performed in it.
• • On her father's side, Mae West also claimed Irish ancestry. Her paternal grandmother was born in Ireland and immigrated to the USA as a child. John Edwin West, her paternal grandfather, who worked in the seafaring trade, seems to have come to NYC from Ireland by way of Canada.
• • 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 this Sunday.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West wrote this line for her movie “Klondike Annie” [1936]: “Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Canadian reporter John Terauds tells his story this way: I came home from my trip to find a yellowed piece of newspaper on the balcony. Someone had torn out the movie and concert ads for late January. The big movie is Mae West's "She Done Him Wrong," which was released in 1933. Two performances in one venue on January 27th means that it was 1934, when this would have been a Saturday. (Sunday was the city's big day off, when, I'm told, Eaton's department store would pull drapes across its window displays so that people walking home from church on Sunday would not be tempted to think of worldly goods.) ...
• • Source: Article: "Old newspaper opens a window onto Toronto's rich performing arts life during the depths of the Great Depression" written by John Terauds for The Toronto Star (Canada); posted on 12 August 2011
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2020th 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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