Friday, September 30, 2011

Mae West: Chilliwack

On 30 September 1944 MAE WEST, who was playing the Empress of Russia, moved her show "Catherine Was Great" from the Shubert Theatre to the Royale, the playhouse that had originally welcomed Diamond Lil and her boisterous Bowery hijinx in 1928.
• • On Friday 30 September 2011 • •
• • Shipboard entertainer Bonnie Kilroe brings her impressions of Mae West to a stage on dry land tonight in Canada. Impersonating fourteen frisky female icons, and trying to keep pace with her 45-second costume changes, has become second nature to the vivacious actress. "I really enjoy connecting with people in the audience, and I tend to go out and meet folks wigged and costumed as Mae West, Marilyn Monroe, Tina Turner, Cher, Sarah Palin, Lady Gaga, etc.," says Bonnie about her show "Divas: Vaudeville meets Vegas" at 8:00 PM, Chilliwack Cultural Centre, Chilliwack, BC, Canada; T. 604-391-7469.
• • On 30 September 1911 • •
• • Variety noted on September 30th: "Folies Bergere Experiment Reaching an End"
• • "A La Broadway" had opened at the very expensive and none-too-practical Folies-Bergere Theatre, New York, NY. This short-lived revue, which gave Mae West a chance to been seen on a Broadway stage, closed on 30 September 1911.
• • On 30 September 1927 • •
• • Taking advantage of the legal woes of his sister-in-law Mae West, Beverly's first Russian husband Sergei Treshatny went to court to obtain a divorce on 15 April 1927 after a decade of marriage. Their divorce became final on 30 September 1927.
• • The union between the unhappy couple was dissolved by Supreme Court Justice George H. Taylor, Jr. in Newburgh, New York. The divorce action was based on a police raid on a room in the Arcade Hotel (Bridgeport) at 5:00 AM when Beverly West and Edward Elsner were charged with a "breach of the peace" [i.e., being drunk].
• • The arrest at the Arcade Hotel — — 1001 Main St, Bridgeport, CT 06604 — — is dramatized in the stage play "Courting Mae West." This scene can be viewed on
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said this: "An ounce of performance is worth pounds of promises."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article in The World mentioned Mae West.
• • Reporter Gail Elber writes: With his sense of humor, "he was the Mae West of the labor movement," said Ian Ruskin. "He would take something and turn it on its head." Since 2001, Ian Ruskin has played the part of Harry Bridges more than 200 times in a one-man play called "From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks: The Life and Times of Harry Bridges." . . .
• • Source: Article: "Labor’s lost love" written by Gail Elber for The World (Oregon); posted on 29 September 2011
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2069th 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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