Saturday, October 22, 2011

Mae West: Loyd Wright

With ongoing legal troubles dogging her, MAE WEST worked with several lawyers.
• • Born in San Jacinto, California on 24 December 1892, Loyd Wright was an American attorney (and lifetime Californian) who represented a number of movie stars; served as president of the State Bar of California, the American Bar Association, and the International Bar Association; and was an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for the United States Senate from California.
• • Wright became known for his representation of movie actors. He represented Mary Pickford in her divorce suit against Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. and Jane Wyman in her divorce from Ronald Reagan. He also represented Mae West, Charlie Chaplin, Jack Benny, and D.W. Griffith.
• • Loyd Wright died in Hemet, California in the month of October — — on 22 October 1974.
• • On 22 October 1944 • •
• • Gene Barry [1919 — 2009] met his wife-to-be Betty Barry (her stage name was Julie Carson) during rehearsals of the Broadway show "Catherine Was Great," which opened in August 1944. Betty [1923 — 2003] was fired before opening night because she was a blonde and Mae West, the star, would not have competing blondes in her show. Betty, age 21, had disguised her hair color with a black wig.
• • Little did Mae realize that she had played Cupid. A few months later, on 22 October 1944, Gene and Betty wed and remained happily married until her death in 2003. It is not known if Mae attended the reception, however, Gene was in her "Catherine Was Great" cast from August 1944 — January 1945. The handsome actor played Lt. Bunin.
• • On 22 October 2006 • •
• • Angus McBean photographed Mae West, Audrey Hepburn, Marlene Dietrich, Katharine Hepburn, and numerous movie stars. His exhibition "Portraits" was held at the Porter Gallery, opening on 5 July 2006 and closing on 22 October 2006.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I’m a women of very few words — — but lots of action."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article on Westlake and Henry Doelger mentioned Mae West.
• • California reporter Kayla Figard writes: Now crowded with people, Westlake began as barren sand dunes and transformed into a postwar suburban community just south of San Francisco. ... This idea was conceived by one man — — Henry Doelger, formerly known for his homes in the Sunset District in San Francisco. . . . The homes were built out of redwood, which was known to be long lasting and termite resistant. Henry Doelger used different designs including one-story, two-story and split-story housing. Doelger is said to have named the area after his claimed cousin, Mae West, according to Bunny Gillespie in her book "Images of America: Westlake" . ...
• • Source: Article: "History of Westlake Part 1: Doelger's model of a postwar suburb" written by Kayla Figard, Special to the Pacifica Tribune; posted on 11 October 2011
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2091st 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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