Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Mae West: Tribute in Illinois

It will be MAE WEST day next week in Illinois but now it is still under curtains and not yet posted on a public calendar in Lincolnshire.
• • Spies have let the word out that on 22 August 20011 there'll be "A Tribute to Mae West" at 2:00 pm. The audience will sing classic songs like “Mae walks the walk and talks the talk"; this novelty is spiced with double entendres and witticims. "A Tribute to Mae West" will feature stories, nine tunes, and Hollywood tales. Registration is required.
• • WHERE: Vernon Area Public Library District, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire, IL 60069; Tel. 847-634-3650.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Such a big issue over a little tissue.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Songwriting legend Jack Lawrence [who was age 92 back in 2004 during this interview], knew Mae West. Smiling Jack also wrote many hits such as "Linda," "If I Didn't Care," "Tenderly," etc. Jack Lawrence's autobiography is called "They All Sang My Songs."
• • Beth Greenfield writes: The Brooklyn-raised son of Russian Jewish immigrants, Jack Lawrence knew he was gay by adolescence but lived a secret life until he was in his thirties. All the while he was developing his talent as a writer of love songs. In his book, Lawrence tells the stories behind the songs and dishes on the many stars he's worked with. There are tales about Rudy Vallee's self-indulgent soirees, Danny Kaye's unhappy marriage and rumors that he was gay (or, as Lawrence puts it, "had a touch of the brush"), Mae West's manipulative charms, and Lawrence's wild romps with Tallulah Bankhead and Noel Coward. But the tone is never bitchy. "I felt that if I wasn't saying anything too dreadful, or I wasn't letting any secrets out, then it was okay," Lawrence explains. "I may have been a bit harsh on Buddy Hackett, though — — and I didn't have any great love for Lena Horne, or Cher." He describes Buddy Hackett as a homo-phobic egomaniac, Lena Horne as an ungrateful snob, and Cher as a power-tripping diva who single-handedly closed a show he produced, Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, by not showing up for performances. ...
• • Source: Article: "You know his songs — — and now a new autobiography reveals Jack Lawrence the man" written by Beth Greenfield for Time Out NY Magazine; printed on 11 November 2004
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2024th 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: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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