Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Mae West: Buster Slaven

MAE WEST co-starred in "My Little Chickadee" and freckle-faced Buster Slaven portrayed a schoolboy in the amusing classroom scene.
• • Born in Seattle, Washington on 30 October 1922, redhead Matthew Bradley Slaven was cast in a number of youth roles in 38 motion pictures between 1930 — 1941 as "Buster Slaven," when he was used as a newsboy, farmer's son, freckle-faced kid, maypole singer, high school band member, pupil, bellhop, Western Union boy, and as the fighting boy in "Little Lord Fauntleroy" [1936], based on the book by Frances Hodgson Burnett.  As a child, Mae West played the title role on stage.  
• • During WW2, Matthew Bradley Slaven enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps on 11 April  1942, earned the rank of Second Lieutenant, and was shot down and captured by the Germans in 1944, then taken to a prison camp. In 1946, when he returned to Hollywood, he worked as Matthew B. Slaven or Brad Slaven for another decade. As an adult, he scored some featured roles in almost two dozen action films or Westerns.  He guest starred once on TV in "The Lone Ranger" and retired after 1956. 
• • Matthew Bradley Slaven died in Walnut Creek, California during June — — on 27 June 2009.  He was 86.
• • Lorenzo Tucker [27 June 1907 — 19 August 1986] • •
• • Born in Philadelphia in June on 27 June 1907, the light-skinned black actor was known in the 1920s as "the colored Valentino." Tucker claimed that the olive-skinned Italian hearthrob was, in reality, darker complected than he was.
• • Tall, broad-shouldered, and dashing, Lorenzo Tucker was tapped by Mae to play the role of the pimp Money Johnson in her controversial Broadway play "The Constant Sinner." The Shuberts refused to permit this, therefore, the Greek-American thespian George Givot played the role in blackface.
• • After a long struggle with lung cancer, the actor died in Hollywood, California on 19 August 1986.  He was 79.
• • On Monday, 27 June 1949 • •
• • Richard Coogan was still appearing on Broadway in the role of Captain Cummings opposite Mae West in "Diamond Lil" when he auditioned for a TV series.  Coogan was cast as Captain Video on the DuMont Television Network on Monday, 27 June 1949. 
• • On Sunday, 27 June 1954 • •
• • On Sunday night, 27 June 1954, Mae West delighted the Las Vegas club goers — —  and the female patrons stormed the stage — — when the bodybuilders in "The Mae West Revue" filed into the Sahara's Congo Room.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "You’re never too old to become younger."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about scandals mentioned Mae West.
• • Eric Randall wrote:  We've heard of single stories getting the Hollywood treatment, but this is unusual: An entire issue of New York Magazine devoted to scandals in the city, has been optioned for a possible television series by Sony Pictures Television, according to The Hollywood Reporter. According to THR's Lesley Goldberg, Sony grabbed the April 9 anniversary issue which detailed scandals from Anthony Wiener to "Broadway sexpot Mae West." ...
• • Source: Article: "Entire Issue of New York Magazine Might Become a TV Show" written by Eric Randall for The Atlantic Wire; posted on Wednesday, 13 June 2012
By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2344th 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 • 1940
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