Sunday, October 30, 2011

Mae West: Professional Voluptuary

A short story "Single Night" written by Louis Bromfield and published in Cosmopolitan became the backbone of the Paramount film "Night After Night" [released on 30 October 1932] — — which was a triumphant screen debut for MAE WEST. Conceived as a serious dramatic vehicle for George Raft, a major star in gangster pictures (who was once an employee of speakeasy sultan, Owney Madden), this slow-moving and overheated melodrama would have been forgotten long ago if Mae had not made her short scenes so remarkable. You know you're a marquee name when your photo is prominently pictured on the DVD box despite your brief screen time.
• • In real life, Mae and George remained lifelong friends and often chatted on the phone, though their careers went in very different directions. They reunited briefly in 1978 on the screen in "Sextette"; Raft played himself in a walk-on part.
• • In October, Let's Remember Craig Russell [1948 — 1990] • •
• • Born in Canada, Russell Craig Eadie [10 January 1948 — 30 October 1990], known by his stage name Craig Russell, was a female impressionist. As a teenager, Russell became the president of Mae West's fan club, and also worked briefly as West's secretary in Los Angeles.
• • On 30 October 1929 in West Virginia • •
• • A creative young lady, who had either seen "Diamond Lil" onstage or heard about this Broadway hit, decided to dress up as Mae West's character for Hallowe'en. She looks exceptionally lovely in her freshly ironed, newly completed homemade costume and picture hat, doesn't she?
• • On 30 October 1933 in Time Magazine • •
• • Mae West got an unusual sort of recognition in October 1933 — — from the Governor of Kentucky. It was reported in the weekly publication Time Magazine in the 30 October 1933 issue.
• • Kentucky colonel is an honorary title bestowed upon individuals by approval of the governor of Kentucky. It is not a military rank, requires no duties, and carries with it no pay or other compensation other than membership in the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels. The title Kentucky Colonel originated in 1813.
• • Governor Ruby Laffoon made a Kentucky Colonel of Mae West, professional voluptuary. In the same batch he made a Colonel of Miss Betsy Helburn, graduate of the University of Kentucky, dietitian of The Bronx's Lebanon Hospital. Said Colonel West in Hollywood: "I guess he wants me to help him keep his troops under control. When do I get my uniform?"
• • On 30 October 1948 in New York City • •
• • It was on 30 October 1948 that Mae West signed an Actor's Equity Association Stock Jobbing Contract on Equity's letterhead in New York. The Broadway star of "Diamond Lil" was agreeing to a weekly salary of $2,500, and the play would be opening in Montclair, New Jersey on 21 November 1948.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "He who hesitates is a damned fool."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An announcement about radio programming on October 31st mentioned Mae West.
• • Sirius XM Radio writes: SiriusXM will broadcast Halloween programming across multiple talk and entertainment channels this year.
• • OutQ (SiriusXM channel 108) the nation's 24/7 LGBT channel, will feature a special edition on 31 October 2011. Lance Bass wil broadcast live from the famous Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles . . . airing on Halloween at 8:00 pm ET. . . . Frank DeCaro throws a Hallowe'en "Dead Celebrity Party" on 31 October 2011 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm ET to celebrate his new book "The Dead Celebrity Cookbook: A Resurrection of Recipes from More Than 145 Stars of Stage and Screen." DeCaro will welcome top-notch performers in studio to "channel" stars including Mae West, Ethel Merman, Judy Garland, and Miss Peggy Lee. ...
• • Source: Sirius XM Radio; posted on 24 October 2011
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2099th 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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