Monday, May 07, 2012

Mae West: Gary Cooper

MAE WEST was posed with Gary Cooper in a tavern to celebrate the repeal of Prohibition.  They also were photographed together at certain Hollywood functions.
• • Hailing from Helena, Montana, film actor Gary Cooper was born in May — — on 7 May  1901.
• • On 26 August 1941, Mae sent a letter to Gary Cooper regarding San Quentin Prison. Mae wrote to him: "Warden Clinton Duffy is doing really wonderful work in prison administration. . . .  At this time Warden Duffy is preparing to award prizes to the men in prison who prove most worthy.  . . .  I am sure you will be glad to find room among your other donations for a contribution for the encouragement of the boys in the 'Big House' who have inspired such a lot of our screen material."
• • In April 1960, a 59-year-old Cooper underwent surgery for prostate cancer after it had spread to his colon and lungs.  A month later, on 13 May 1961, Cooper died.  He was 60 years old.
• • James Faye "Roy" Hall [7 May 1922 — 2 March 1984] • •
• • James Faye Hall was born in Big Stone Gap, Virginia in the month of May — — on 7 May 1922.
• • For the 1972 audio album "Great Balls of Fire," Mae West performed the rock and roll classic "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," which has been recorded by many vocalists including Jerry Lee Lewis.
• • Though the origins of the song are in dispute, it is a fact that Roy Hall made a recording of the song in September 1955 for Decca Records, and a Decca sample copy of Hall's recording lists Dave Williams as the sole writer.
• • The African American singer and songwriter Dave "Curlee" Williams [26 April 1920 — 13 March 1982] seems to have collaborated with the white pianist, bandleader, and songwriter James Faye "Roy" Hall [7 May 1922 — 2 March 1984]. He is being remembered on his birthdate, which was ninety years ago.
• • On Monday, 7 May 1934 • •
• • On Monday, 7 May 1934 Mae West recorded "Troubled Waters."  This collaboration between New York City lyricist Sam Coslow and composer Arthur Johnson was created expressly for the motion picture "Belle of the Nineties." Backed by Duke Ellington and his Orchestra, Mae archived her performance in the recording studio.
• • On Friday, 7 May 1943 • •
• • Matrimony and mayhaps!  Mae West moved on from her marital missteps with vaudevillian Frank Wallace in 1911.  However, the final divorce decree took much longer. The marriage was legally dissolved on Friday, 7 May 1943.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I gave up a lot. I love kids but I never had any. Never let myself eat too much. That might have been fun, once in awhile. Still I can't regret anything really."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article on Honor Blackman and the femme fatale mentioned Mae West.
• • WENN wrote:  Ex-James Bond girl Honor Blackman says that Madonna is not feminine enough to be considered a femme fatale. The 75-year-old has just finished performing in "Dishonourable Ladies," in Cardiff, Wales, which celebrates famous femme fatales, including Greta Garbo, Mae West, and Cleopatra. The list does not include the Material Girl.
• •  Honor Blackman explained, "A femme fatale has to have an air of mystery and there's no mystery to anybody these days. Everybody knows everything about all famous people, down to what type of underwear they wear. I don't find Madonna particularly attractive and don't think of her as a femme fatale. I think of a femme fatale as a more feminine woman. ...
• • Source: Article: "Honor Blackman in Dishonorable Ladies" written by WENN; published on 21 August 2001
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2293rd 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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