Thursday, February 16, 2012

Mae West: Tips to Wives

"MAE WEST's Tips to Wives" was an interesting feature published in newspapers during February 1945. "Get into shape — — good shape," Mae urged the ladies. "Build up surplus vitality, you'll need it. Be as attractive as possible, be cheerful, happy, and inviting. Above all, don't nag him," Mae advised. "You have everything Continental that other women have — — only show him you have more of it."
• • Actresses Jane Wyatt, Cornelia Otis Skinner, and Tallulah Bankhead were interviewed, too, but Mae had much more to say to married women. ["Mae West's Tips to Wives" was published in Australia's Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW) on page 7 on Saturday, 10 February 1945 as well as in other newspapers.]
• • Kathleen Clifford [16 February 1887 — 28 December 1962] • •
• • Born in Charlottesville, Virginia in the month of February — — on 16 February 1887 — — Kathleen Clifford was an American vaudeville and Broadway stage and film actress of the early twentieth century.
• • As with "Baby Mae," Kathleen Clifford's career acting was initially built on the vaudeville stages as a comedienne. Renowned for her impersonations of men, Kathleen Clifford was often humorously billed as "The Smartest Chap in Town."
• • In 1912, a large cast was hired for the Florenz Ziegfeld musical production "A Winsome Widow" [staged on Broadway from April — September 1912]. Kathleen Clifford was hired to play a male role: Willie Grow. Mae West won acclaim as La Petite Daffy in the same production.
• • Miss Clifford died on 28 December 1962. She was 75.
• • Broadcast on Thursday, 16 February 1950 • •
• • From "Mae West On The Air" [Sandy Hook LP and CD SH 2098]
• • "Little Red Riding Hood" performed by Mae West (from "The Chesterfield Supper Club" program aired on 16 February 1950).
• • "The Chesterfield Supper Club" was broadcast by NBC and sponsored by Chesterfield. The segment was pre-recorded in January (on 23 January 1950) for broadcast on February 16th, 1950 so that NBC could screen the content in advance. Mae sings a duet with Perry and tells her version of "Little Red Riding Hood." It's a very good show. Perry Como, Mitchell Ayres and His Orchestra, The Fontane Sisters, Martin Block (announcer), Mae West: airtime: 28 minutes.
• • On Thursday, 16 February 1950 in Rochester • •
• • Rarely did Mae West miss a performance. When she did, however, it made the news.
• • On Thursday, 16 February 1950, Mae was starring in her popular Bowery drama "Diamond Lil" at the Auditorium Theatre in Rochester, NY — — when she collapsed onstage. At first it was thought that she was suffering from food poisoning.
• • A news reporter wrote: Mae West collapsed on the stage at Rochester last night, but the show went on. She was unable to continue with the third act of the play, 'Diamond Lil.' It was presented without her. It was thought at first that she had food poisoning, but her doctor, who was in the wings during the show, said that she was suffering mainly from "sheer exhaustion." Mae West hopes to appear in "Diamond Lil" again tonight.
• • The Auditorium Center was originally constructed for the Freemasons in 1928.
• • Happily, the Rochester Auditorium Theatre is still open for business and in the same location as back in 1950: 875 East Main Street, Rochester, NY 14605.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "In my pictures I never took a man from another woman or pursued another woman's husband. That was all part of my plan to keep women audiences happy. Women don't like to be reminded of the fact that their man might stray after some thing like — — well, you know what I mean."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article on Asians mentioned Mae West.
• • Journalist Barrymore Laurence Scherer wrote: "I'm an occidental woman in an Oriental mood for love," sings the curvaceous Queen of Innuendo, Mae West, sporting a bespangled pseudo-Chinese headdress in the 1936 film "Klondike Annie." The scene is classic West and pure Hollywood kitsch. But the 1978 publication of Edward Said's book "Orientalism" effectively ended the long tradition of such risible, somewhat racist perceptions, at least in terms of nomenclature. ...
• • Source: Article: "Go East, Monsieur" written by Barrymore Laurence Scherer for the WSJ; posted on 7 February 2012
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2211th 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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