Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Mae West: Horse Sense

MAE WEST on Valentine's Day! The publication was the Watertown Daily Times and the issue was dated for Friday, 14 February 1964. The bold headline (on page 5) was: Mae West Lures "Mr. Ed" To Equine Dream House.
• • "I've vamped a lot of males in my time," purred the 72-year-old veteran of stage, screen, and night clubs, "but this is the first time they've asked me to charm a horse!"
• • As the reporters watched the handsome hunk of equine flesh trot in and sniff the blonde bombshell in his stall, Mae joked, "I don't know if either of us will finish this thing alive. But from what I'm reading it should turn out to be a riot of laughter."
• • The article is an exceedingly peppy piece, filled with Mae quotes and sass. Agreeing with the news man about how desirable she still is, Mae ventured this: "Guess I was way ahead of my time. And maybe the time is right now for a Mae West comeback." Good horse sense.
• • Zolya Talma [14 February 1895 — 26 November 1983] • •
• • The last revival of "Diamond Lil" — — written by and starring Mae West — — staged at the Broadway Theatre [1681 Broadway, NYC] closed during the month of November in 1951.
• • One of the performers who portrayed Russian Rita was Zolya Talma. Born in California in February — — on 14 February 1895 — — the actress appeared numerous times on The Great White Way as well as on TV in two Alfred Hitchcock episodes; she also appeared in "The Rose Tattoo" and other major motion pictures during the 1950s. Zolya Talma died in Los Angeles, California on 26 November 1983. She was 88. Today we pay tribute to this Broadway mainstay.
• • On Tuesday, 14 February 1933 • •
• • Variety's reporter "Bige" wrote an article on "She Done Him Wrong." The magazine ran it on pages 12 and 21 in their issue dated 14 February 1933.
• • Dated for the week of 14 February 1949 • •
• • Spotted for sale: Mae West on the cover of a "Diamond Lil" Playbill from the Coronet Theatre. It was dated for the week of 14 February 1949. What a Valentine!
• • On Friday, 14 February 1986 • •
• • The news sheet Winslow Mail announced on 14 February 1986 (on the front page) "Doll Show Begins Monday." The vast collection included character figures. Visitors would see Mae West and W.C. Fields in authentic clothes from their movie "My Little Chickadee," for instance.
• • On Wednesday, 14 February 2001 in Brazil • •
• • It was reported in the news on Wednesday, 14 February 2001 that Coca-Cola was to relaunch the 237 ml bottle in 4,500 restaurants in Sao Paulo and Campinas. The 237 ml bottle, known as Mae West, would be distributed in the region supplied by Panamco do Brasil, one of the main Coca-Cola bottling companies in Brazil.
• • Until Wednesday, 14 February 2001 in NYC • •
• • In December 1999, Hourglass Group presented the first New York City revival of Mae West's notorious 1926 play "Sex," the show that helped land West in jail and made her (in)famous. Directed by Elyse Singer, the play starred Carolyn Baeumler in the role of Margy LaMont, originally created by West and featured music by Steven Bernstein's Sex Mob. "Sex" ran Off-Broadway to standing room only audiences at the Gershwin Hotel until Wednesday, 14 February 2001.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Women with pasts interest men. They hope history will repeat itself."
• • Mae West said: “I have found men who didn't know how to kiss. I've always found time to teach them.“
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A Florida reader asked a question about Mae West.
• • The Orlando Sentinel wrote this reply: Mae West lived to the ripe age of 87. She wasn't a classic beauty by any means. She was short, about 5-foot-1 and, some thought, overly buxom. But she made the best of what she had. What she had for most of her life was good health. She never smoked or drank. As she confided to a friend, she also took an enema every day. When someone suggested this unorthodox regimen would not be approved by any doctor, Mae retorted: ''Naturally. It kept me from going to any of them.'' ...
• • Source: Column: Q&A written for the Orlando Sentinel; posted on 14 February 1988
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2209th 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.
• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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