Friday, February 24, 2012

Mae West: Sleuth

Biographers who have written about MAE WEST have downplayed her comments that her father ran "a big detective agency" in New York City. Maybe John West's undercover enterprise did not enjoy longevity nor a splashy ad in the phone directory, however, occasionally the names of his private investigators did make the paper.
• • An item published in the Saturday, 24 February 1912 issue of the New Jersey Morning Telegraph noted "Show Girl Heard Smacks in Newark, N.J."
• • A New Jersey reporter wrote: May (sic) West, a former show girl, now a detective, figured prominently as a witness in the hearing today before Vice-Chancellor Stevens in the cross-suits for divorce brought by George M. Rusling and Nettie R. Rusling. The husband alleges infidelity and the wife charges abandonment. Rusling names A.D. Tooley, a Brooklyn restaurant keeper, as correspondent.
• • According to Miss West's testimony last March, she was called upon to don her gum-shoes and solve a deep mystery. She was employed in the Rusling home (58 South 13th St.), as a maid. Mrs. Rusling, according to the testimony, did not know that Miss West was a sleuth or she would have fired her in a minute.
• • Well, Miss West kept her ears open and, she said, heard loud smacks on several occasions. ...
• • Source: New Jersey Morning Telegraph, issue dated Saturday, 24 February 1912.
• • Toasting "Mae West" at the Roosevelt Hotel • •
• • The site of the first Academy Awards, the Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles has developed a new signature cocktail inspired by, and named after, a silver screen legend. Matthew Biancaniello, the hotel’s mixologist, has created a Hollywood-themed cocktail only available throughout "red-carpet season" — — a tangy, spicy "Mae West." Naturally, since Mae was "a hot tomato," Biancaniello's drink recipe includes Japanese pepper-spiced St. Germain, Hendrick’s gin, and yellow heirloom tomato juice strained into a glass and garnished with red peppers.
• • Celebrate Oscar season with a "Mae West" at the Roosevelt Hotel. The cocktail is $15.
• • Paul Novak [24 February 1923 — 14 July 1999] • •
• • Born Chester Rybinsky in Baltimore on 24 February 1923, Mae West's live-in lover was thirty years her junior.
• • They met and became acquainted when Charles Krauser, George Eiferman, Irvin "Zabo" Koszewski, Dick DuBois, Dominic Juliano, Joe Gold, Armand Tanny, Gordon Mitchell, and Mickey Hargitay were among the star bodybuilders in West's chorus for all — — or part — — of the show's three-year run.
• • Chuck Krauser changed his name again, becoming Paul Novak — — Mae's main man for the next 24 years. In a rare statement to the press, he once said: "How did she ever pick me — — just a wrestler and roustabout?"
• • Enjoying Novak's companionship and constant concern for her diet and welfare, Mae West survived until the age of 87, when she had a series of strokes. On 22 November 1980 she died in her sleep, with Novak, age 57, at her bedside.
• • Afterwards, Paul Novak quietly married. He lived in Santa Monica, California with his wife and died at 76 years old.

• • On Saturday, 24 February 1912 at the Winter Garden • •
• • Ambitious, bold, and 18 years old, Mae West, unfortunately, got on the wrong side of Gaby Deslys by trying to upstage her. Uh-oh! The 30-year-old diva got the teenage upstart fired before opening night in Manhattan..
• • "Vera Violetta" opened on 20 November 1911 at the Winter Garden Theatre.
• • Offered in repertory with "Undine," the musical remained on Broadway through the Christmas holidays, closing on the last weekend in February on 24 February 1912.
• • On Saturday, 24 February 1934 in Calgary Daily Herald • •
• • The legal battles Mae West fought made headlines all over.
• • After facing down the man who robbed her in Hollywood on 18 September 1932 in a courtroom, Mae was shocked and horrified to learn that stick-up-artist Harry Voiler [1891 — 1974] was released on bail in Miami during February 1934.
• • There was indignation in the interviews she gave. Mae told the news media: "It's time someone in Hollywood — — speaking very frankly — — showed what is known as intestinal fortitude. They threaten us in the picture colony under penalty of having acid thrown in our face. And they don't stop at acid threats either. They threaten to kill. It's time someone called their hand. And if it has to be me, I'll do it."
• • Mae's quotes appeared in an article printed in the Calgary Daily Herald on Saturday, 24 February 1934.
• • On Thursday, 24 February 2011 in Canada • •
• • In British Columbia, Canada, Kitimat Public Library showed the Mae West classic feature "My Little Chickadee" [1940] on their wide 10-foot screen on Thursday, 24 February 2011.

• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I hate writing but I have to because no one seems able to do it for me. Stories are my trouble. That's why I only make one picture a year."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about the former V.P. Dick Cheney mentioned Mae West.
• • Maryland blogger Robert Morrison wrote: Dick Cheney probably never met Mae West. For younger readers unfamiliar with one of Hollywood’s original blond bombshells, I’ll simply say: sailors in World War II called their large life jackets Mae Wests. (This is a family blog, after all.)
• • Robert Morrison wrote: Mae West famously said: “Marriage is a great institution, but I’m not ready for an institution.” How strange that Mae West had a better understanding of civil marriage than a former Vice President of the United States, a man who was twice elected to national office by pro-family voters. ...
• • Source: Blog Post: "Unlikely Enemies: FRC at War with Dick Cheney Over Gay Marriage" written by Robert Morrison for; posted on 23 February 2012
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2219th 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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