Sunday, October 16, 2011

Mae West: Rudolphe Daus

When she was not living in Brooklyn or Queens with her parents, MAE WEST enjoyed staying in hotels in the theatre district, which offered very convenient housing to a busy actress who would work in a show sometimes until 11 PM or midnight. After renting for years, she did purchase a townhouse rippling with French Renaissance style at 266 West End Avenue in Manhattan. Mae West occupied the house (between 72nd and 73rd Street) for a time with her sister, Beverly, who is listed there in a 1933 directory.
• • Built in 1896 with a limestone facade, the former Mae West home is 28 feet wide and six stories tall with nearly 14,000 square feet (generously designed with windows on all sides). The house was originally constructed for the importer Julius N. Jaros and designed by 42-year-old Rudolphe Daus, a prominent architect who worked in New York City. The Jaros family occupied it from 1896 —1906 only. The property remained a single-family dwelling until the early (or mid) 1940s.
• • Born in Mexico in 1854, Rudolphe Daus was edu­ca­ted in Berlin and in the United Sta­tes. He gra­dua­ted from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He de­si­gned the Hall of Re­cords, 13th Re­gi­ment Ar­mory, and Ger­man Hos­pi­tal in Brook­lyn, and the Church of Our Lady of Lour­des in New York. [One of Mae's childhood residences was a block away from the German hospital.] Daus was Se­cretary of the Com­mis­sion of 1898, an official group that framed the buil­ding laws of New York City; additionally, from 1899 — 1900 he was Sur­veyor of Buil­dings for Brook­lyn. He was a fel­low of the Ame­ri­can In­sti­tute of Ar­chi­tects and a mem­ber of the So­ciety of Beaux-Arts Ar­chi­tects, the At­lan­tic Yacht Club, and the Brook­lyn In­sti­tute of Arts and Sci­en­ces.
• • Rudolphe Daus died in Paris in mid-October — — on 16 October 1916. He was 62 years old.
• • On 16 October 1939 • •
• • Mae West and W. C. Fields signed legal paperwork for "My Little Chickadee" when they were collaborating. Both signatures appear on a Universal Films contract dated 16 October 1939.
• • On 16 October 1989 • •
• • A studio call for actors was printed in a Florida newspaper on 16 October 1959.
• • Writing for the Orlando Sentinel, business reporter Susan G. Strother announced: Mae West, Charlie Chaplin, and Clark Gable — — are you out there? If so, Universal Studios Florida is interested. The studio theme park is looking for actors to fill the roles of 20 or so characters who would roam the Orlando park and entertain guests. Universal plans to hold auditions later this month, though a site has not been selected. In addition to Mae West, Charlie and Clark, shoes the studio wants to fill are for the likes of Bette Davis, James Cagney, Kojak and Humphrey Bogart. ...
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Those who are easily shocked should be shocked more often."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article in an Australian paper mentioned Mae West.
• • Melanie Ball writes: I set out at an enthusiastic clip on the first day of a 145-kilometre walk between Cape Leeuwin and Cape Naturaliste in Western Australia's south-west and I'm tending towards Mae West's contrary observation: "Too much of a good thing can be wonderful." . . .
• • Source: Article: "The Cape crusader" written by Melanie Ball for The Brisbane Times; posted on 15 October 2011
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2085th 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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