Monday, May 14, 2012

Mae West: Edie Adams

MAE WEST played the role of Diamond Lil onstage and onscreen — — and Edie Adams evoked that iconic "come up sometime and see me" appeal in a famous commercial for Muriel cigars.
• • It was on Monday, 14 May 1984 that the Ernie Kovacs show "Between the Laughter" was first telecast.  Edie Adams took the role of Mae West (and other notable women).
• • Born in Kingston, Pennsylvania, Edie Adams [16 April 1927 — 15 October 2008] was a singer as well as a Broadway, TV, and film actress and comedienne. Tony winner Edie Adams had a sexpot image that she drew upon for her canny impersonations of female stars on stage and television.
• • On May 14th • •
• • The cast of Mae West's motion picture "She Done Him Wrong" included two character actors, each of whom died in mid-May — — on May 14th.
• • Lee Kohlmar [27 February 1873 — 14 May 1946] • •
• • Lee Kohlmar was cast in the role of Jacobson in "She Done Him Wrong" [1932].
• • Born in Nuremberg, Germany on 27 February 1873, he entered the young film industry in 1916, directing nine short silent movies between 1916 — 1921. Deciding he also wanted to act, he got involved in over 50 cinema titles between 1916 and 1941, often cast in minor roles.
• • Lee Kohlmar died in Hollywood from a heart attack in May — — on 14 May 1946. He was 73.
• • Fred Santley [20 November 1887 — 14 May 1953] • •
• • In the motion picture "She Done Him Wrong," the popular 1890s ballad "She's More to Be Pitied Than Censured" was sung in Gus Jordan's Bowery saloon by Fred Santley, who was billed as "the tenor" in the credits.
• • Born in Salt Lake City, Utah on 20 November 1887 as Frederic Mansfield, Fred was the brother of the Hollywood actor/director Joseph Santley. He began his silent movie career in 1907 with a number of short comedies; he often played a continuing character named Bertie. In talkies, his rich tenor voice won him cinema roles such as Radio Announcer as well as pawnbrokers, pedestrians, doormen, reporters, and ticket clerks. Between 1907 — 1953, he was seen in 121 films.
• • It was on 14 May 1953 that the bit parts player Fred Santley died in Los Angeles, California. He was 65 years old.
• • On Saturday, 14 May 1927 in Collier's • •
• • After Mae's arrest in 1927, Booth Tarkington was commissioned to write an article — — and "When Is It Dirt?" [published in Collier's, The National Weekly, on Saturday, 14 May 1927] discussed the issue of censorship and government intervention.
• • An author himself, Tarkington never champions the rights of the censors, of course, in his thoughtful essay.  Though Mae's name is not mentioned in his piece, the magazine page was designed around a huge photo of Mae, looking very annoyed, in court.
• • On Monday, 14 May 2012 • •
• • The exhibition in Belgium was scheduled to run from 14 February — 14 May 2012, so it will close today.  On view is "Mae West" (2011), a charming group of five light objects manufactured by Venini, the famous producer of Murano glass. Since 2009 Studio Job has had a close bond with this 90 year old company. The surreal "Mae West" collection is named after Dali’s famous installation.
• • WHERE: Studio Job Gallery, Begijnenvest 8, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium  — — until Monday, May 14th.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Keep a dairy — — and one day it'll keep you."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article on a diary mentioned Mae West.
• • Craig Brown wrote: The brassy Mae West, who relished a good scandal, recommended keeping a diary so that "some day it’ll keep you."  But just as diaries can make authors, they can break them, too. ...
• • Source:  Article: "Here's to you, the original Mrs Robinson: Compelling diary of a well-to-do Victorian lady reveals her darker secrets" written by Craig Brown for The Daily Mail [U.K.]; published on 12 May 2012
By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2300th 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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