Monday, May 21, 2012

Mae West: No Cooch for Fox

New York City's weekly guide to live shows, "The Cast" Theatre Guide put MAE WEST on the cover of its issue dated for the week starting Saturday, 21 May 1949 [Volume 191, No. 2237]. The publicity picture used was from her long-running hit "Diamond Lil," then onstage at the Coronet Theatre on Broadway.
• • On Wednesday, 21 May 1930 in Variety • •
• • This tidbit was printed in The Encyclopedia of Vaudeville.
• • Mae West had returned to vaudeville with a fourteen-minute act which made its debut at the Fox Audubon in Washington Heights — — where the house manager ordered her to remove her suggestive shimmy dance during her booking there during May 1930. When Variety's man-on-the-aisle was reviewing her act at the Academy, a presentation house, he said this: "Mae West has been out of vaude since 1925 or thereabouts and in the interim has become an accomplished and at the same time notorious legitimate authoress, producer, and actress.  In her new vaude act she mentions all of that legit career, including the shows and the trouble. In talking, she's the nearest to a female Jimmy Durante as, when talk-singing about the 'Pleasure Man' bunch, she pipes, 'They (the police) said these guys is fairies'. ..."
• • [Source: Variety, issue dated for  Wednesday, 21 May 1930.]
• • On Monday, 21 May 1973 in Variety • •
• • A brief item appeared in Variety on Monday, 21 May 1973.  Mae West mentioned she was writing a new book "Sex Drive," that would include real names and be largely autobiographical. 
• • On Thursday, 21 May 1992 • •
• • The paperback version of "Mae West: Empress of Sex" by Maurice Leonard was released on Thursday, 21 May 1992.
• • Mae West Trivia • •
• • Years ago, at Ciro's supper club on Sunset Boulevard — — a favorite of Lana Turner and Marilyn Monroe, etc. — — the entertainment was provided by luminaries such as Mae West, Edith Piaf, and Billie Holiday.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Men are my hobby. If I ever got married I'd have to give it up.”
• • Mae West said: “Save a boy friend for a rainy day, and another in case it doesn’t rain.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about the cinema mentioned Mae West.
• • Film Daily wrote: About $15,000 in presents was passed around by Mae West to those who helped in the retakes of her new Paramount picture, "Belle of the Nineties."  . . . 
• • Source: Article: "Mae West Plays Santa Claus'' written by the West Coast Bureau of The Film Daily, Hollywood, for Film Daily; published in 1934  
By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2307th 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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• • Mae West • 1949 • •
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