Thursday, November 24, 2011

Mae West: Esurient

During her vaudeville days, MAE WEST would bring a bunch of performers back to her parents' house and her mother would serve a "midnight lunch." The items Tillie prepared would include sauerkraut, pig knuckles, and other earthy German delicacies. When she was still a variety artist, Mae also enjoyed the Bavarian cuisine at The Triangle Inn and other local home-style restaurants.
• • By the time the Brooklyn bombshell moved to Los Angeles to work in motion pictures, she was 40 years old and always conscious of watching her weight and fitting into her costumes. She did not like to compromise on taste, however.
• • Here is a recipe for Mae West's Breakfast Fruit Salad
• • • 1 large apple, chopped
• • • 1 large pear, chopped
• • • 1 large banana, chopped
• • • 2 or 3 almonds, grated
• • • Combine fruits; top with almonds. If desired, apples may be sliced and combined with raisins and topped with a syrup made of powdered almonds, milk, and honey. Serves 1.
• • Although Mae West worked very hard to trim down and get in gear before making a new movie, her public posture took the form of carefree insouciance. "I never worry about diets," she said. "The only carrots that interest me are the number you get in a diamond."
• • Whether you eat carrots, or fruit salad, or the traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings, here's wishing all of our readers a Happy Thanksgiving on Thursday, 24 November 2011.
• • In November, Let's Remember George Raft [1895 — 1980] • •
• • Mae West once told a reporter that she almost married George Raft [26 September 1895 — 24 November 1980], a native New Yorker and an actor most closely identified with his portrayals of gangsters in crime dramas of the 1930s — 1940s.
• • Born George Ranft in NYC (to a father who was of German descent), the five-foot-seven dancer adopted a slick "tough guy" persona that he would later use in his Hollywood films.
• • In "When I'm Bad, I'm Better," Marybeth Hamilton discusses how Mae West's former lover George Raft, who was becoming a matinee idol in Hollywood during 1932, was instrumental in getting Mae a cameo role as Maudie Triplett, his blowsy ex-girlfriend in "Night After Night." Hamilton also explains how Mae was aghast at being cast in such a colorless bit part — — and then went on to revise her dialogue and win all the applause. "If nothing else," writes Hamilton, "[Mae West] showed Paramount that they were dealing with an expert scene stealer."
• • Leukemia ended the life of George Raft in Los Angeles, California in the month of November — — on 24 November 1980. Raft was interred in Forest Lawn —Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles.
• • On 24 November 1931 • •
• • On 24 November 1931 the newspaper Washington Herald reviewed "Constant Sinner." The D.C.-based drama critic wrote about the Greek-American actor George Givot's portrayal of the Harlem pimp Money Johnson as well as "the aroma of Mae West's hybrid dialogue."
• • On 24 November 1966 • •
• • For the Beatles' album "Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band," the recording sessions began in studio two at Abbey Road on 24 November 1966. When the Fab Four requested permission to add Mae to the album cover, Mae West's first reaction was, "No, I won't be on it. What would I be doing in a lonely hearts club?"
• • On 24 November 1996 in The New York Times • •
• • An interesting article “Mae West, Our Little Chickadee” by Martha McPhee was published in The New York Times in their Sunday Magazine section on 24 November 1996.
• • On 24 November 2006 in The N.Y. Times Crossword • •
• • November 24th's Crossword Clue: Where Mae West did jail time
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Don’t marry a man to reform him — — that’s what reform schools are for.”
• • Asked about how she happened to be mixed up in a delicate situation, Mae West replied, “Like an olive in a dry Martini.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about the Pacific Dining Car mentioned Mae West.
• • Every evening brought a sprinkling of the famous or notorious personalities of the day. Louella Parsons was a regular, with her husband, Dr. Martin, and George Raft or Sid Ziff frequently stopped in for dinner. When Mickey Cohen and bodyguard dined, other guests tended to finish dinner and fade away — — but Mae West and bodyguard guaranteed quickly concealed admiring stares. Good manners at the Pacific Dining Car dictated that even the most famous should be able to enjoy a leisurely dinner without unseemly interruptions. Another fine tradition that has persisted throughout the years.
• • The 1940 Los Angeles census placed the population at just under a million and a half, and growing rapidly. ...
• • Source: History of the PDC, "That's When It All Started"
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2125th 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. Anonymous12:29 PM

    What happened to your Facebook page? Noticed you were MIA recently.
    Happy Thanksgiving!
    Chuck B.

  2. Hello, Chuck. I miss you and the enchanting fluffy Shuge! Facebook disabled my account.
    I posted about this: