Thursday, September 08, 2011

Mae West: DeForest Covan

Would MAE WEST agree that every day's a holiday when you're a performer booked for a show?
• • Versatile vaudevillian DeForest Covan, who appeared in "Every Day's a Holiday" [1937] with Mae West, was born in Chicago in the month of September — — on 9 September 1917.
• • The nephew of vaudeville dancer Willie Covan, DeForest honed his dancing and singing skills on the black variety circuit before breaking into Hollywood motion pictures in 1936 as a bit part player and a heckuva hoofer. Fans may recall that DeForest Covan had a continuing role on the TV series "That's My Mama"; he portrayed Josh for 22 episodes, 1974 — 1975. Additionally, he was in the cast of 50 films and seen onscreen until 1994.
• • DeForest Covan died in Los Angeles, California also during the month of September — — on 8 September 2007. He was 90.
• • Mae West Movie Trivia • •
• • In Belgium and France, "Every Day's a Holiday" was retitled "Fifi Peau de Pêche" — — or Fifi, Peach-skin. Loses something in translation, doesn't it?
• • In the motion picture "Beerfest" [2006], the quote "Let's get you out of those wet clothes, and into a dry martini" is from this Mae West film.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West wrote this: "I don't know a lot about politics — — but I can recognize a good party man when I see one."
• • Mae West wrote this: “You can say what you like about long dresses — — but they cover a multitude of shins.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A fascinating article on being beautiful (or not) mentioned Mae West in the first sentence.
• • A married woman with four children, British journalist Shona Sibary writes: Mae West once said: ‘I believe it’s better to be looked over than it is to be overlooked.’ She’s right, of course. But what did she know? Like many women lucky enough to be born beautiful, she couldn’t have truly understood how it feels to go through life with the knowledge that you’ve fallen from the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down. ...
• • Source: Article: "How I've learnt to accept feeling ugly: With startling honesty, one woman describes how her looks have affected her life" written by Shona Sibary for The Daily Mail [UK]; posted on 8th September 2011
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2047th 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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