Saturday, March 10, 2012

Mae West: Joe Gold

Professional bodybuilder Joe Gold auditioned for MAE WEST with a group of musclebound head-turners. Mae West decided, "I'll take all of you." The fellows toured the country in her "Mae West Revue."
• • Joe Gold [10 March 1922 — 11 July 2004] • •
• • Born in Los Angeles in the month of March — — on 10 March 1922 — — Joe (Sydney), served as a machinist in the U.S. Merchant Marines during both World War II and the Korean Conflict; he was injured in a torpedo attack. During his teens, he had been drawn to Muscle Beach in Santa Monica and a passion for physical fitness.
• • During the 1950s, Joe Gold became part of "The Mae West Revue." In 1956, thanks to these stage shows, he got a chance to be an extra in two big-budget films: "The Ten Commandments" and "Around the World in 80 Days."
• • The first Gold’s Gym opened in 1965. Five years later, Joe Gold sold his successful chain and, in 1977, he launched World Gym in Santa Monica.
• • A mentor and friend to many professional bodybuilders, such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Joe Gold operated his business until his death at age 82. He died in Marina del Rey on 11 July 2004.
• • Cabaret inspired by Mae West on March 10th • •
• • "Mother Mae I" is a buoyant bouffant of a bill of variety artists — — all ladies! — — from stand-up comedians and magicians, to puppeteers and circus performers hosted by Bunny Morethan, devotee of Mae West and a firm believer that too much of a good thing can be wonderful! This diversion was born out of the sell-out Edinburgh show and has been a hit in London, Cardiff, and the South West — — and the cast is now rehearsing for an appearance in south Oxfordshire.
• • Venue: Cornerstone Arts Centre, 25 Station Road, Didcot
• • Dates & Times: Saturday, 10 March 2012 at 8:00 pm
• • Tell them you heard about it on the Mae West Blog.
• • Lloyd Bridges [15 January 1913 — 10 March 1998] • •
• • Born in San Leandro, California on 15 January 1913, Lloyd Bridges died during the month of March — — on 10 March 1998 — — of natural causes at age 85.
• • After co-starring in "My Little Chickadee," and after an absence of three years, Mae West returned to the screen in the musical comedy "The Heat's On." Her character was Fay Lawrence, a famous Broadway actress. Lloyd Bridges played Andy Walker.
• • On 10 March 1926 in Variety • •
• • A news item noted that a new play by "Jane Mast" (Mae West) called "Sex" was coming to Broadway. This announcement ran in Variety's issue dated for 10 March 1926.
• • On Saturday, 10 March 1934 in Australia • •
• • Staring Mae West, "I'm No Angel" had its Sydney opening at the Prince Edward Theatre on Saturday, 10 March 1934. This successful 87-minute comedy (9 reels) ran for eight weeks in Australia.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Men, make every woman love you — — but don't love every woman. Pet them, like a tabby cat. They love it."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about melodrama and gender roles mentioned Mae West.
• • In Ralph J. Poole's article "Indecent Ingénues," he explained: Melodrama's prime time was in the 19th century. Whereas everywhere in Europe melodrama's success declined towards the end of the century, the genre underwent an invigorating boost in America leading to an 'Americanization' of melodrama and producing numerous popular highlights. By the early 20th century, however, even this popular, by now distinctly American melodrama was at a crisis, too. Instead of dismissing the genre altogether, American dramatists sought to refashion melodrama by delegitimizing some of its most imminent features. Most notably David Belasco, e. g., in his frontier melodrama "The Girl of the Golden West," modernized the genre by reducing its sentimental and rigid rhetorics and applying realism's standards of verisimilitude and psychology. This led to a redefinition of the traditional polarized gender roles, that were at play in the old melodrama, as well as to an expansion of the generic boundaries towards other popular theatrical practices.
• • With the diminishing, emasculated power of the vicious villain, the formerly innocent and ignorant ingenue gains strength and autonomy, and, above all, a sexuality of her own as can be seen in such comedy melodramas as Mae West's "Sex" in 1926 . . . .
• • Source: Article: "Indecent Ingénues: David Belasco's and Mae West's Delegitimization and Refashioning of American Melodrama" written by Ralph J. Poole for American Studies, published in 2003

• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2234th 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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