Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Mae West: Eugene Borden

This French native worked once with MAE WEST. Eugene Borden played French Captain Dupont in "Goin' to Town" [1935].
• • Born in Paris in the month of March — — on 21 March 1897 — — his cinema career began in 1917 when he was 20 years old. Often cast as a French diplomat, gendarme, waiter, porter, purser, chauffeur, prosecutor, the busy bit parts player was rarely ranked in the credits but managed the trick of being recognizable. Fans of "An American in Paris" [1951] will recall him as Gene Kelly's landlord.
• • Like most character actors, Eugene Borden soldiered on and was part of 210 projects for the silver screen and TV from 1917 — 1966.
• • Borden died in Woodland Hills, California on 21 July 1971. He was 74.
• • Barney Bernard [17 August 1877 — 21 March 1924] • •
• • Born in Rochester, New York on 17 August 1877, Barney Bernard had been on Broadway since 1907. He was cast (as Mr. Wiseheimer) in the "Ziegfeld Follies of 1908" as well as in other high profile shows such as "Vera Violetta" [1911] when he worked with Mae West briefly.
• • The beloved star of stage and screen was 46 years old when he caught pneumonia. Barney Bernard died in Manhattan in the month of March — — on 21 March 1924 and he was buried in Washington Cemetery on Bay Parkway in Brooklyn, NY.
• • Timothy Dalton's Birthday • •
• • Mae West's co-star and screen husband in "Sextette," Timothy Dalton was born in March — — on 21 March 1946. He is 66 today and we wish him a Happy Birthday!
• • On 21 March 1936 in the Hollywood Reporter • •
• • The trade publication Hollywood Reporter followed the back-biting between Will Hays and the film starring Mae West "Klondike Annie." They printed an article about this in their issue dated for 21 March 1936.
• • On 21 March 2005 • •
• • Talented Tom Tierney, who does the enjoyable series for Dover on celebrity paper dolls, released his beautiful work "Mae West Paper Doll" in paperback on 21 March 2005.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I've been on more laps than a napkin"
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about USC Libraries mentioned a former honoree — — Mae West.
• • Beverly Hills Courier wrote: The Friends of the USC Libraries hosted their 2lst annual Scripter Awards Gala at the ornate Los Angeles Times’ Reference Room in the historic Doheny Memorial Library, built in 1932 by the oil-wealthy Doheny family. Entering its third decade, the black-tie event draws 300 supporters, and stands out in the City of the Angels’ social calendar. Co-founded in 1988 by Glenn Sonnenberg, president of the Friends of the USC Libraries and former USC trustee, and Marjorie Lord Volk, the evening acknowledges screenwriters and authors, who, as Marjorie noted, “often get very little attention.” ...
• • Beverly Hills Courier continued: Mae West, chosen as Woman of the Year during the first Scripter event, arrived reclining on a platform. Robert Buchanan, a board member of the Friends of the USC Libraries, remembers Mae waving all the while to the crowd, as she was carried into the room by the USC football team. She drawled another of her classic bon mots, “I’ve been on more tables than a dinner napkin.” . . .
• • Source: Article: "USC Library Reviews" published in Beverly Hills Courier; printed on Tuesday, 20 March 2012
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2245th 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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