Thursday, April 12, 2012

Mae West: TCM Fest

On Thursday, 12 April 2012 the TCM Classic Film Festival begins and MAE WEST will take a starring role.
• • Written by and starring Mae West, "I'm No Angel" [1933] will be screened. TCM explains their choice like this: In one of the most successful films of her career, Mae West shines as a sideshow performer who falls for playboy Cary Grant. Costume designer Travis Banton provides West with the perfect wardrobe to capitalize on her sex symbol status.
• • There will also be a celebration honoring 100 years of Paramount Pictures. And a lecture called "Style in the Movies: The Legendary Costumes of Travis Banton" will be on tap. One of the most important costume designers of classic Hollywood, Travis Banton was the man who taught Edith Head her trade and who dressed Mae West, Claudette Colbert, Carole Lombard, and other glamorous Paramount stars.
• • TCM Classic Film Festival from 12 April — 15 April 2012 • •
• • Each April, Hollywood rolls out the red carpet to welcome thousands of movie lovers, filmmakers and legendary stars from around the globe for the TCM Classic Film Festival. Marking its third year, the TCM Classic Film Festival is the place to experience classic movies as they were meant to be seen: on the big screen, in some of the world's most iconic venues, with the people who made them. The four-day festival, which takes place this month on Thursday, 12 April 2012 — Sunday, 15 April 2012, features a wide range of screenings, events and appearances starting in the morning and going into the late evening.
• • The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, the site of the first Oscars ceremony, will serve as the official hotel for the festival, as well as home to Club TCM, a central gathering point for passholders. Screenings and events will be held at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre, and The Music Box Theatre.
• • Tell them you heard about it on the Mae West Blog.
• • Maidel Turner [12 May 1888 — 12 April 1953] • •
• • Born in Sherman, Texas on 12 May 1888, Maidel Turner was featured in 62 motion pictures. Her first was the silent flick "The Angel of the Slums" [1913]; the 25-year-old newcomer was the only female in the cast, and surrounded by three handsome gentlemen.
• • Maidel Turner was cast in one motion picture starring Mae West. The five-foot-six actress accepted the minor role of Lydia Bowley in "Klondike Annie" [1936].
• • She bid farewell to the silver screen in the Frank Capra comedy "Here Comes the Groom" [1951], which starred Bing Crosby and also featured actor Walter Catlett — — who was memorable in the amusing role of Nifty Bailey opposite Mae West's Peaches O'Day in "Every Day's a Holiday" [1937].
• • Two years after she retired from the cinema, Maidel Turner died in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. She left us in April — — on 12 April 1953. She was 64 years old.
• • On Friday, 12 April 1929 in The N.Y. Daily News • •
• • In her popular syndicated column "Texas Guinan Says" Texas had playfully mentioned her friend: "Mae's a good girl at heart — — but she's got a bad heart." Source: The New York Daily News, on Friday, 12 April 1929.
• • On Saturday, 12 April 1930 • •
• • The Wall Street crash in 1929 destroyed the financial security of many families in the entertainment industry. Broadway star Mae West entertained in New York City at the Give-a-Job Benefit on Saturday, 12 April 1930 with many other well-known performers.
• • On Tuesday, 12 April 1949 • •
• • Mae West was at the Park Central Hotel on Seventh Avenue (between West 55th — 56th Streets) in Manhattan on Tuesday, 12 April 1949. News reporters interviewed the actress in her suite.
• • On 12 April 1959 • •
• • In April 1959, Mae West told a Hollywood columnist that her autobiography would be published in the autumn and its title was going to be Empress of Sex.
• • 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 a female audience happy. Women don't like to be reminded of the fact that their man might stray after something like — — well, you know what I mean."
• • Mae West said: "I have been a legend from the very beginning of my career."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A Hollywood reporter interviewed Mae West in April 1959.
• • Erskine Johnson wrote: Hollywood — Mae West is still saying, "Come up and see me sometime." But the traffic isn't as heavy as it once was. It has been a long time, you know.
• • Erskine Johnson wrote: The indestructible Mae has lived for 26 years now in the same six-room apartment on the sixth floor of a fashionable apartment house not far from Hollywood and Vine . . .
• • Erskine Johnson wrote: At times, Mae is moving to a beach house she recently purchased to escape the smog. . . .
• • Erskine Johnson wrote: The flair for writing her own plays, often raided by police, has brought Mae West to this point: preparing the galley proofs of the autobiography she wrote during the past two years and due for publication this fall. The title of it is "Empress of Sex." She says she wrote every word. And, she smiled, "I don't believe it will be banned in Boston." ...
• • Source: Article: "Mae West Still Ahead in Her Battle with Age" written by Erskine Johnson, syndicated columnist, printed in Racine Journal Times Bulletin on the top of page 28; published on 12 April 1959
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2268th 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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