Saturday, October 01, 2011

Mae West: Conway Tearle

One actor ended his cinema career being spurned by MAE WEST's character Rose Carlton in "Klondike Annie" [1936].
• • Born in New York City on 17 May 1878 to a married couple in show business, Conway Tearle was raised in Great Britain by his actress mother and his step-father after his parents divorced. He worked his way back to his home turf and received an education at West Point before setting out for the silver screen battleground where he romanced Mary Pickford and Norma Talmadge (among other leading ladies) from 1914 — 1936.
• • He transitioned to talking pictures and kept working — — but more often than not he was offered work in "B" movies — — racking up 93 titles to his credit. At one point the much-married player was living at 1782 North Orange Drive, Hollywood, California. [This structure was built as a private residence in a new development called "Hollywood."]
• • The handsome five-foot-ten actor was cast in "Klondike Annie" as Vance Palmer. The same year he worked in "Romeo and Juliet Escalus" and "The Preview Murder Mystery," his final productions. He had a heart attack in Hollywood and died on the first day of October — — on 1 October 1938. He was 60 years old.
• • On 1 October 1928 • •
• • When it premiered on Broadway on 1 October 1928, Mae West's gay play "Pleasure Man" had a $200,000 box office advance. The police raided the show, however, and shut it down the same night. Perhaps this was an easy target, since the Biltmore Theatre was on the same block as the precinct: 47th Street, west of Broadway.
• • The infamous raid at the Biltmore on 1 October 1928 is dramatized — — via a backstage visit by Texas Guinan to Mae's dressing room at the Royale Theatre — — in the full-length play "Courting Mae West" by LindaAnn Loschiavo. Robert Chuter will direct this serious-minded comedy in Melbourne, Australia in January 2012 during a theatre festival.
• • On 1 October 1937 • •
• • An article printed in the San Francisco News on 1 October 1937 discussed the recent weight loss of movie queen Mae West, who had shed ten pounds.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West wrote this line for "Sextette" — — “Marriage is like a book. The whole story takes place between the covers.”
• • Mae West wrote these two lines for "I'm No Angel" — — “I don't suppose you believe in marriage," the Chump says. Tira replies, "Only as a last resort."
• • Mae West wrote this line for "Sex" — — when Margy LaMont refuses to sew buttons on a shirt that belongs to her pimp Rocky, Margy says, "What do you think I am, your wife?"
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about a new fragrance mentioned Mae West.
• • Stripper Dita Von Teese told a reporter: "I am just dying to do a men's fragrance." The burlesque star tells Women's Wear Daily: "It's an idea that came to me recently." Not surprisingly, it's another iconic seductress who provided the inspiration for the new project: Mae West. “[She] wouldn’t have had her own perfume," Dita Von Teese says. "She would have done a men’s fragrance." . . .
• • Source: Article: "Dita Von Teese Wants to Launch a Men's Fragrance" written by Erin Donnelly for Fashion Etc.; posted on 30 September 2011
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By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2070th 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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1 comment:

  1. Anonymous8:43 AM

    Thank you for the very intereting read . . . Co-incedencely contained some rather relevant lines I need to remember . . . ;)