Sunday, February 12, 2012

Mae West: George Eiferman

George Eiferman was selected by MAE WEST to tour with her show, the Mae West Revue.
• • Born in Philadelphia on 3 November 1925, George Eiferman served in the Navy during World War II and then distinguished himself in the sport of bodybuilding. In 1947, Eiferman snagged the Mr. Philadelphia title in his hometown. He was one of a number of handsome hunks who displayed an impressive physique at Muscle Beach in Santa Monica, California and he went on to win the Mr. America competition in 1948.
• • As Mr. America, he was often invited to speak to high school assembly groups, encouraging teens to consider health and fitness as a lifestyle. Recruited in 1954 by Mae West, he became part of the original group of musclemen in her sold-out innovative stage show, a huge hit in its day.
• • Afterwards, in 1962, George Eiferman went on to be crowned Mr. Universe, a prestigious worldwide bodybuilding competition. Relocating to Las Vegas, during the 1970s and 1980s, Eiferman owned a number of local health clubs. "He'd be working out half the time he was there, or sitting at the smoothie bar and socializing," said his son, Shawn Eiferman, also of Las Vegas. "He walked around, answered questions, and just socialized."
• • George Eiferman had been married and divorced four times to three different women. He had one son Shawn and one daughter Leah. "My father was a workout fanatic," his son recalled. "It's a lifestyle for people who have been doing it for that long. He'd get up, brush his teeth, pay the bills, and go work out." After retiring in 1990, Eiferman spent the next decade visiting area health clubs as the "Ambassador of Fitness."
• • The longtime Las Vegan died of heart failure in the month of February — — on 12 February 2002. He was 76.
• • Eubie Blake [7 February 1887 — 12 February 1983] • •
• • In 1919, Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle were booked in the same Harlem showplace on 125th Street as Mae West, Keith & Proctor's Vaudeville Theatre.
• • Born in Baltimore in February as James Hubert Blake [7 February 1887 — 12 February 1983], Eubie Blake was an American composer, lyricist, and pianist of ragtime, jazz, and popular music.
• • In 1917 he became assistant conductor to Jim Europe at The Clef Club. After Jim's death in May 1919, Eubie forged a vaudeville team with Noble Sissle.
• • In 1921, Eubie Blake and long-time collaborator Noble Sissle wrote the Broadway musical "Shuffle Along," one of the first Broadway musicals to be written and directed by African Americans.
• • Eubie Blake continued to play and record into his later years. He died in Brooklyn, NY in February — — on 12 February 1983. He was 96.
• • On Sunday, 12 February 2012 • •
• • The TV series Hollywood Biography did a segment on Mae West. "Mae West and the Men Who Knew Her" [episode #507] will be broadcast two more times on Kentucky Educational TV. The KET air-dates have been announced:
• • KET: Sunday, 12 February 2012 at 4:00 am EST
• • KET2: Monday, 13 February 2012 at 9:00 pm EST
• • Kentucky Educational Television: KET provides educational, informational, and arts and cultural services for the home, the school, and the workplace via Kentucky’s statewide public television network, multichannel digital broadcast, original video productions, print, community outreach, and the World Wide Web.
• • On Saturday, 12 February 1949 in Billboard • •
• • Saturday night with Mae West as Diamond Lil at the Coronet Theatre, wow. Billboard reviewer Bob Francis was in the crowd on her opening night (5 February 1949) and recorded his fascinations in a lengthy, generously detailed piece that was printed the following week on Saturday, 12 February 1949 in Billboard Magazine. Bob Francis had an exceptional perspective, since he had seen the show in 1928, too.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Personality is the most important thing to an actress’s success."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article on Style Bistro nodded at Mae West.
• • Tanya wrote: Giambattista Valli never ceases to enchant with his exuberantly frivolous collections. His spring couture line was heavily infused with retro glamour and standout feminine detailing (think Audrey Hepburn with a touch of Mae West). ...
• • Source: Article: "Fashion Forecast: Wrapped Up With a Bow" written by Tanya for Style Bistro; posted on 7 February 2012
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2207th 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 • Dick DuBois (hugging Mae) and George Eiferman, 1954 • •
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