Saturday, November 05, 2011

Mae West: Eugene, Oregon

A painting of MAE WEST, a good gal with a bad reputation, was used on the promotional material for the Lane Arts Council's First Friday ArtWalk on 4 November 2011. A free event, this intriguing ArtWalk began at 5:30 in the evening yesterday on November 4th at Modern on East Fifth Avenue and then proceeded on foot to four other art havens.
• • If you do not reside in Oregon, you can still admire this wonderfully moody piece created by artist Nicola Noetic titled "Mae West." Take a few moments to study the figure, inspired by Mae's extravagant 1936 costuming as the Frisco Doll, unwilling mistress to Chinatown's Chan Lo. Quite lovely, isn't it?
• • Lane Arts Council is located in Eugene, Oregon; Tel 541-485-2278
• • Please do not copy Ms. Noetic's artwork without permission. Be nice.
• • In November, Let's Remember Texas Guinan [1884 — 1933] • •
• • Born on 12 January 1884 in Waco, Mary Louise Cecilia "Texas" Guinan played a gun-slinger and rode bareback in silent films, took New York by storm in 1906, and earned a salary of $700,000 as a speakeasy hostess. The versatile stage star led a noisy and joyful life at full speed until one day in early November — — on 5 November 1933. One month later Prohibition was repealed.
• • In November, Let's Remember Will Hays [1879 — 1954] • •
• • Born in Sullivan, Indiana, William Harrison Hays, Sr. [5 November 1879 — 7 March 1954], was the namesake of the Hays Code for censorship of American films, chairman of the Republican National Committee, and U.S. Postmaster General from 1921 to 1922. There has been so much written about the man they called "the Hitler of Hollywood" and you can find entire books dedicated to his career.
• • On 5 November 1930 • •
• • "A prizefighter's tart" who enjoys black men as well as Caucasians, Babe Gordon, the luscious blonde teenage protagonist, was Mae's idea of an uptown temptress, footloose and unfettered in Harlem.
• • The novel "Babe Gordon" by Mae West was published in New York City by The Macaulay Company on 5 November 1930.
• • On 5 November 1986 in The N.Y. Times • •
• • Writing about a Jubilee Gala in the 5 November 1986 issue of The N.Y. Times, columnist Anna Kisselgoff warmed to the topic by leading off like this: A labor union that includes Beverly Sills, Jascha Heifetz, Agnes de Mille, and Suzanne Farrell must have something solid behind it, and so it was solidarity forever at a gala performance Monday night celebrating the 50th anniversary of the American Guild of Musical Artists. Miss Sills led off with a salute on film to some of the guild's ''illustrious members.'' Thus we saw Lawrence Tibbet, the guild's founding president, on horseback, James Melton singing ''Home on the Range,'' and clips of Gladys Swarthout, Lily Pons, Grace Moore, Rise Stevens, Giovanni Martinelli, and Kirsten Flagstad — — whose Wagnerian outfit was echoed inimitably by Mae West, who appeared next wearing breastplates in an excerpt from ''A Lady for the Day.'' [sic] . . .
• • Ms. Kisselgoff's reference is half right. She is thinking of the (abandoned) film title "Now I'm a Lady" and Mae's hilarious soprano get-up after she decides to impress her guests in one scene of "Goin' to Town" by throwing the swells an opera. However, it was actress Glenda Farrell who starred in the motion picture "A Lady for a Day" [1933]; her character uttered this often quoted "bad girl" line: ''I'm so hot I'm smoking. I need a man!''
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West described Delilah this way: "A lady barber who made good!"
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about an actress from California mentioned Mae West.
• • Lisa Millegan Renner writes: Morgan James sings the sexy showstopper "Turn Back, O Man" in "Godspell." Modeled after Mae West, her character aggressively flirts with the cast and audience. ....
• • Source: Article: "Modestan James back on Broadway" written by Lisa Millegan Renner for the Modesto Bee; posted on Thursday, 3 November 2011
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2105th 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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• • Photo: • • Mae West • • as Delilah in 1935 • •
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