Saturday, May 12, 2012

Mae West: Strongsville, Strong Men

MAE WEST will be in Ohio today, portrayed by Julie Wang Warren, who is part of a touring performance group called Women in History. The actresses go to a variety of venues to present a number of American females — — from Josephine Baker and Madame C.J. Walker to first ladies, do-gooders, risk-takers, etc. — — to a live audience.
• • On other occasions Julie (who specializes in women from the 1930s) will portray singer Ruth Etting or aviatrix Amelia Earhart.
• • WHEN: 7:30 pm Saturday, 12 May 2012
• • WHERE: Olympia 55+ Community, 12887 Olympus Way, Strongsville, Ohio
• • Tell them you heard about it on the Mae West Blog.
• • Photo: Julie Warren
• • William Landon Jones [12 May 1906 — 4 January 1982] • • 
• • William Landon Jones enjoyed a close friendship with Mae West for 50 years.
• • Born in Memphis, Tennessee on 12 May 1906, he was known in boxing by the moniker "Gorilla" Jones.
• • The 22-year-old Jones met Mae West in a New York night club during 1928. He had enjoyed a long career in the ring and was about to come into the big time in 1929, when he would earn a $100,000 purse — — about $1.2 million in today's money — — for winning a bout in Madison Square Garden.
• • The five-foot-nine fighter was inducted posthumously into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, N.Y. After Mae's death, it's said he lost the will to live. He died on 4 January 1982. He was 75.
• • On Wednesday, 12 May 1943 in Santa Monica • •
• • Dear Don:
• • I am just getting settled.  It is sunset of my third day here which seems like the third month at least. I have taken a little 2-room apartment in Santa Monica, nothing at all grand, in fact a very honky-tonk air about it with stained wallpaper and a plaster model of Mae West on the dresser and very gaudy curtains.  ...
• • Source: Tennessee Williams's letter to Donald Windham, dated 12 May 1943.
• • On Wednesday, 12 May 1971 • •
• • On Wednesday, 12 May 1971 Mae West, UCLA’s Woman of the Century, spoke to students after a screening of her 1933 classic movie “I’m No Angel.”
• • On Tuesday, 12 May 1998 • •
• • The record album "Mae Day: Masquers Club Salutes Mae West" was released on Tuesday, 12 May 1998 on the label Bacchus. The original recording date was on 14 April 1973.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Tired of all those jokes about my figure and my 'man' talk? No. If people expect me to be the same off-stage — — why I call that flattery."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article on the boxer Albert “Chalky” Wright mentioned Mae West.
• • Kathy Klump wrote: Chalky became the chauffeur and bodyguard for the famous actress Mae West.  He helped her deal with a series of extortion threats while in her employ.  As a boxing fan and using the wealth from her Hollywood career, she backed Wright’s career.  A magazine called Hollywood Confidential alleged in one of its stories that West and Wright had an intimate relationship.  West’s ex-husband, Frank Wallace, also named Chalky Wright among those having an affair with West in his divorce filing.  West and Wright filed suit against the magazine for libel.  Just before Wright was to testify at the hearing, he was found dead face down in the bathtub at his mother’s home.  Mae West alleged his death was not accidental.  Nothing was ever proven, and it was stated he died in Los Angeles on August 12, 1957 after slipping in his bathtub. ...
• • Source: Article: "National Hall of Fame Boxer was Willcox native" written by Kathy Klump for Willcox Range News; posted on 9 May 2012
By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2298th 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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