Saturday, April 14, 2012

Mae West: Limited Run

MAE WEST had completed filming "Sextette" by April 1978 and her latest picture was set to open in May. There was a lot of anticipation about the movie queen's return to the screen.
• • Capitalizing on the excitement, Snuff Garrett approached the legendary actress to do an autographed print run. Prints would be a limited edition run of 2,000 for the company Nostalgia Merchant.
• • On Friday, 14 April 1978 Mae West did her first autograph for Snuff when she affixed her signature to their two-page agreement. By signing Mae was giving her commitment to "Autograph 2,000 Prints As Follows: Sin-cerely Mae West — — At A Time And Place Mutually Agreeable To You And Me." After she did all of her autographing duties, the Hollywood icon would be receiving her compensation: "Upon Completion Of Said Autographing, You Shall Pay Me The Sum Of $6,500."
• • On April 14th, Snuff Garrett secured a run of collectibles for Nostalgia Merchant.
• • On Sunday, 14 April 1912, 100 Years Ago • •
• • This was the Sunday that the RMS Titanic hit an iceberg and began sinking.
• • Meanwhile, in New York City the musical "A Winsome Widow" was staged on The Gay White Way from 11 April 1912 — 7 September 1912 at Moulin Rouge [1514 — 1516 Broadway at W. 44th St.]. Mae West was performing as Le Petite Daffy on that date a century ago.
• • On Saturday, 14 April 1973 in Hollywood • •
• • It was an SRO celebration on Saturday night, 14 April 1973 when the Masquers Club honored the Empress of Sex with a "Mae Day" tribute. Unlike previous honorees, Mae had insisted on performing a shimmy and singing "Frankie and Johnny." The ceremony was attended by Sidney Skolsky and many other notables.
• • For instance, Mae's "Myra Breckinridge" cast mate Jim Backus attended the Masquers Club's salute as one of her "Gentlemen in Waiting" (along with George Raft, Jack Larue, Steve Allen, Lloyd Nolan, etc.).
• • When the 1973 event was reborn in an audio format as "Mae Day: The Masquers Club Salutes Mae West CD" [1998], Mae-mavens could hear Jim Backus offering an amusing 4-minute tribute [exactly 4 minutes and 16 seconds long, if you want to get technical] to the buxom blonde guest of honor.
• • On Friday, 14 April 1989 • •
• • "President Bush Cites Gandhi, Mae West in Education Talk" was a headline in the L.A. Times on a Friday, 14 April 1989.
• • Union, New Jersey — Quoting Mohandas K. Gandhi and Mae West and stopping his motorcade by arrangement to greet a sixth-grade, learning-disabled student who had written to him, President Bush sought support for his newly unveiled education program in a community that has achieved a 1% school drop-out rate, wrote James Gerstenzang, L.A. Times Staff Writer.
• • Mae West Trivia • •
• • At Le Canard, a restaurant in Johannesburg, South Africa, quirky sayings adorn the walls, such as Mae West’s quip, “I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number of carats in a diamond.”
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article on intelligence mentioned Mae West.
• • Dr. Birute Regine wrote: Some women use the negative gender schemas against them to their advantage. These women play along as if they don’t know what’s going on, when in reality they are five steps ahead of the guys. As Mae West put it, “Brains are an asset, if you hide them.” ...
• • Source: Article: "Why Is It That Women Are Seen As Less Competent?" written by Birute Regine, Ed.D. for Forbes Magazine; posted on 14 April 2011
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article on Google's future mentioned Mae West.
• • Kelly Fiveash wrote an article with this Mae-heavy first sentence: A story in which any number of Mae West quotations can be applied: "I speak two languages, Body and English Google." Or, "Anything worth doing is worth doing slowly." Or, "Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before." . . .
• • Source: Article: "Larry Page sees 'tragic' future for Google" written by Kelly Fiveash for The Register [U.K.]; posted in Bootnotes on 28 September 2011
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2270th 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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