Thursday, September 15, 2011

Mae West: September Seance

A few years ago, two different seances were held for MAE WEST in Manhattan. One took place in 2005 on her birthday, when a female medium attached to Lily Dale had officiated. Several months later, for an episode of the TV series "Dead Famous," a longer seance was arranged (in the same eastside location) and a male medium was in charge. Dramatist LindaAnn Loschiavo, whose stage play "Courting Mae West" will be seen in January 2012 in Melbourne, Australia, organized and attended both.
• • On 15 September 2011 a rather rowdy seance will be led by psychic Char Margolis, who will be trying to tap the high-kicking spirits of the celebrity souls who once enjoyed ice cream sundaes, parfaits, macaroons, apple pie a la mode, and banana splits at Serendipity. Located a kiss stop away from Bloomingdale's, Serendipity has had a lot of A-list diners over the the past 57 years including Mae West, Cary Grant, Marlene Dietrich, Elizabeth Taylor, Clark Gable, Dennis Hopper, Marilyn Monroe, Bette Davis, Andy Warhol, Jackie O, and many more. On site will be a signed contract by Mae West along with numerous personal items and autographed photos from these individuals (and other stars) to help act as a conduit to contact the dearly departed.
• • According to the owner, Mae West dined in his restaurant in June 1970 when her film "Myra Breckinridge" opened in NYC. She was escorted by a gentleman, very likely Paul Novak. Apprehensive about flying, "Mae's 1970 trip to the East Coast was only the second time the Brooklyn bombshell had been on an airplane," remarked Mae maven Damon Devine. She preferred train travel or booking a steamship passage instead whenever long distance transportation was required.
• • Founded in 1954, the landmark NYC restaurant [225 East 60th Street, NYC] has offered forkfuls of juicy celebrity gossip ever since a columnist spotted Cary Grant with Grace Kelly, who were ensconced in a booth on a romantic rendezvous, explained the owner Stephen Bruce. September 15th's channeling begins at 11:00 AM New York City time.
• • On 15 September 1937 • •
• • It was 15 September 1937 when newsstands in the Midwest carried this headline: "Michigan Sprint Star Plays Bit in Mae West Film." The reference was to the athlete Sam Stoller [1915 — 1985] who was born in Cincinnati. After winning the 100-yard championship, Sam Stoller announced that he intended to pursue a career as "a crooner Movie Star" and, subsequently, became known as "Singin' Sammy Stoller." Screen comedian Joe E. Brown was instrumental in getting Stoller bit parts in several 1937 motion pictures along with registration with the Screen Actors Guild. Stoller's first part was in a crowd scene at the legendary New York cafe Rector's in Mae West's "Every Day's a Holiday," when he was 22 years old.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said this: "Personality is the glitter that sends your little gleam across the footlights and the orchestra pit into that big black space where the audience is."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A journalist in India mentioned Mae West in a recent column.
• • Writing for the publication Hindu Business Line, Mohan R. Lavi leads off with a quote from Mae West: The American actress Mae West once remarked “I generally avoid temptation unless I can't resist it.” Succumbing to, or resisting such weaknesses, may now be chargeable to service tax, since the draft paper on a negative list of services issued by the Government includes a clause “obligation to refrain from an act, or to tolerate an act or a situation, or to do an act” under the definition of service. ...
• • Source: Article: "Negative list for service tax" written by Mohan R. Lavi for Hindu Business Line; posted on 12 September 2011
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2054th 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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