Monday, June 11, 2012

Mae West: Centered

The late bodybuilder Mickey Hargitay once said this about MAE WEST:  "She always knew who she was. The center of the world was always her."
• • The Hungarian hunk was invited to audition for Mae after she admired him on the cover of Strength and Health Magazine.
• • When the "Mae West Revue" was appearing in Washington during June 1956, however, Mickey Hargitay, 26, and Charles Krauser, 24, got their muscles into a tussle in her dressing room.
• • Police said Mickey Hargitay, 26-year-old "Mr. Universe" filed an assault complaint against Charles Krauser, 24-year-old "Mr. America."  The fight came during a news conference, police said.  Miss West reportedly was discussing plans to replace "Mr. Universe" in her show. 
• • Hazel Scott [11 June 1920 — 2 October 1981] • •
• • Born in Port au Spain, Trinidad in the month of June — — on 11 June 1920 — — Hazel Scott, a classical and jazz musician, became one of America's premier pianists of her time. The West Indian beauty appeared with Mae in "The Heat Is On" [1943]. She played herself.
• • The glamourous vocalist had been a night club headliner and radio star by the late 1930s, performing with Count Basie and others.
• • Hazel Scott died of cancer in New York on 2 October 1981.  She was 61.
• • On Sunday, 11 June 1989 in The L.A. Times • •
• • The L.A. Times wrote:  "I'm No Angel" (Channel 5, Saturday at 3:15 a.m.): Mae West was never better as a carny dancer turned lion tamer who conquers high society and vamps Cary Grant as well; this is the one in which she ad-libbed (sic), "Beulah, peel me a grape."
• • On Friday, 11 June 2010 in The N.Y. Times • •
• • On Friday, 11 June 2010 in The N.Y. Times, reporter Sara Polsky described a 28-foot-wide Manhattan mansion recently listed for sale.
• • In the early 1930s, 266 West End Avenue belonged to actress Mae West.  Beverly stayed on for awhile in Mae's home before it was sold.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "When women go wrong, men go right after them."
• • Mae West said: "Keep a diary and some day it'll keep you."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The wartime journal of an English soldier mentioned Mae West.
• • Sergeant Albert Neil McGinnis wrote: 10 June 1944 — — I was Engineer in Major Bronson's ship today. He was lead ship. We had eight men aboard. We got as far as the coast and came back. They must have taken the place we were to bomb. This is very boring. I'd like to help the boys.
• • Sergeant Albert Neil McGinnis wrote: 11 June 1944 — — Bad day again today. Been bad ever since D-Day. That keeps the Marauders down to as low at 200 feet. Didn't fly today. I'm ready to go whether it is raining or snowing. Went to show tonight. We saw Mae West in "The Heat's On." Pretty fair. Victor Moore was good.
• • Sergeant Albert Neil McGinnis wrote: 12 June 1944 — — Beautiful weather. Got up at 3 a.m. Went to briefing. Scrubbed mission before take off. Got us again at 8 a.m. Scrubbed the mission while he was telling it to us. We're getting in trucks when we were called back. Took off and got to coast. Came back. Given new target and gone again. Went over this time and bombed St. Lo. Everything was O.K. My 21st. No fighters. ..
• • Source:  transcribed by Jack D. Stovall.
• • Source:  This is the wartime diary of Sergeant Albert Neil McGinnis, 14178059 Engineer-Gunner on B-26 Marauder #169S, Capt. Steere Pilot, 598th Bomb Squadron, 397th Bombardment Group, Essex, England, Rivenhall Airfield, 30 April 1944 until 25 December 1944
By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2328th 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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