Friday, May 25, 2012

Mae West: Valentine to Joseph

MAE WEST starred in "My Little Chickadee" and the cinematography was done by Joseph A. Valentine.   
• • Born In New York City on 24 July 1900, Giuseppe Valentino was working as a camera assistant after World War I.  By the time he was 24 years old, he had anglicized his name and ascended the ranks to Director of Photography at Fox, where he stayed until 1930.  His next employment was at Universal for a tenure of one full decade. From 1924 — 1949, he worked on 74 feature films.
• • The five-foot-seven cinematographer received four Academy Award nominations.  Even his son went into the same business.  Finally, he took Oscar home for "Joan of Arc" [1948]. But the feeling of triumph was short-lived.  A fatal heart attack turned the lights off.
• • The Academy Award winner died in Cheviot Hills, California during May — — on 18 May 1949.  He was 48.
• • Joseph Charles Tafarella [born on 25 May 1932] • •
• • Mae West gave the stage name of "Steve Rossi" to a nice Italian-American singer from New York City named Joseph Charles Tafarella who was born on 25 May 1932 in the East Harlem section.  Steve Rossi introduced the "Mae West Revue" with the movie queen in Vegas.  Happy Birthday on May 25th!
• • On Saturday, 25 May 1912 • •
• • When Mae West made her solo debut at Hammerstein's, the act was eleven minutes of dances and songs that were delivered in a Bert Williams like manner — — talking her way through.  [Think of Rex Harrison's talking his way through his numbers in "My Fair Lady."]  Mae selected "Parisienne," "Dancing-Prancing," and "Rap, Rap, Rap."  She closed with a sultry cooch.
• • Reviewing this variety artist in their issue dated Saturday, 25 May 1912, The New York Clipper felt that a number of well-placed comrades in the audience were there, helping her along.
• • On 25 May 1912, Variety's critic called her a "freak." In their opinion, Mae's presentation lacked "that touch of class that is becoming requisite nowadays for first-class houses."
• • On Wednesday, 25 May 1927 in Variety • •
• • Apparently, Texas Guinan was having difficulties with the Shuberts over her show "Padlocks of 1927."  When Variety printed an item on 25 May 1927 noting that "Mae West is being readied to jump in," their intention was probably meant to pinch some sense into the speakeasy hostess, who regularly paid for ads to promote her night spots in The New Yorker and whose spectacles attracted people from The Algonquin Round Table, an audience quite far from the circle of Mae admirers. 
• • On Sunday, 25 May 2008 • •
• • On Sunday, 25 May 2008, Mae West impersonator Laura Nava of Arizona arrived at the 17th annual Reel Awards at the Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. This show honors the world's top impersonators, tribute artists and celebrity look-alikes.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I wrote the story myself. It's all about a girl who lost her reputation but never missed it.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about big breasts mentioned Mae West.
• • Florence Williams wrote:  If there’s one thing starlets like Jayne Mansfield and Mae West understood, it was the power of their ample endowments. In her 1959 memoir, "Goodness Had Nothing to Do with It," West writes that beginning in her teens, she regularly rubbed cocoa butter on her breasts, then spritzed them with cold water. “This treatment made them smooth and firm, and developed muscle tone which kept them right up where they were supposed to be.” West has good company in doling out ridiculous breast-enhancing tips.  ...
• • Source: Article: "Why Do Women Have Breasts, Anyway?" written by Florence Williams for The; published on 11 May 2012   
By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2311th 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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1 comment:

  1. Anonymous9:54 PM

    Steve Rossi is still alive and well in Las Vegas! He would love to chat anytime about the show with Mae West! Check out his site