Saturday, June 23, 2012

Mae West: Otto Hoffman

MAE WEST starred in "My Little Chickadee," which featured Otto Hoffman as Pete the Printer.
• • Born on 2 May 1879 in Brooklyn (like Mae), Otto Franklin Hoffman received training in the dramatic arts. By age 30, the five-foot-seven hopeful was in a Broadway musical, a farce called "A Broken Idol" that ran in August — September 1909; he played J. Ely Muddleford.  He enjoyed a long, successful run as "Mr. Skinner" in another musical "The Spring Maid," an operetta staged on The Great White Way from December 1910 — February 1913.  In November 1913, he was seen in "The Strange Woman."
• • From 1915 — 1944, the musical comedy performer had a chance to be onscreen in 204 motion pictures. His resume zigzagged between a mix of featured roles in "Kid Millions" and "The Desert Song" and numerous bit parts in "My Little Chickadee" and other films.
• • Gender Bending • •
• • However, his link to "The Strange Woman" onstage in 1913 would have an amusing echo in Tinseltown. Clearly, the versatile thespian had an affinity for gender bending. During the silent era, in "The Eagle" [1925], Ottto Hoffman was cast as "Man Whose Purse is Stolen."  For "Moby Dick" [1930] he was cast as "Shanghai Lady Seller."  He played a dual role in "King of the Wild" [1931] as "Man in Black Glasses" and "Mrs. Colby."
• • Lung cancer turned out the lights.  Hoffman died in Woodland Hills, California in the month of June — — on 23 June 1944.  He was 65.
• • Lee Solters [23 June 1919 — 18 May 2009] • •
• • Born in Brooklyn like Mae, Lee Solters came into the world on 23 June 1919 as Nathan Cohen. After completing his military service, Solters began his own public relations firm during 1948 with partner James J. O'Rourke: Solters O'Rourke.
• • His client roster of entertainment stars included: Mae West, Benny Goodman, Cher, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, the Muppets, Cary Grant, Led Zeppelin, Dolly Parton, and others.
• • Lee Solters died at his home in West Hollywood. He was 89.
• • Alfred Charles Kinsey [23 June 1894 — 25 August 1956] • •
• • The sex researcher was born in Hoboken, NJ on Saturday, 23 June 1894.
• • In 1949, Mae West, recalling the days when the word "sex" was rarely uttered, said of Alfred Kinsey:  "That guy merely makes it easy for me. Now I don't have to draw 'em any blueprints... He and I are are both in the same business... Except I saw it first."  [Source: Time Magazine, issue dated for 7 March 1949.]
• • On Friday, 23 June 1922 in Variety • •
• • Mae West and Harry Richman performed together in Manhattan during June 1922, billing their act "Bits of Musical Comedy — — Mae West assisted by Harry Richman," and most of the material was written by The Firefly of Broadway herself.
• • In their edition dated for Friday, 23 June 1922, Variety's review appeared, praising the partnership because it offered ideal opposites. Referring to Mae, Variety (often reluctant to pay Mae a compliment) was enthusiastic for once: "She rises to heights undreamed of for her and reveals unsuspected depths as a delineator of character songs, a dramatic reader of ability, and a girl with a flair for farce that will some day land her on the legitimate Olympus."
• • On Tuesday, 23 June 1970 • •
• • "Myra Breckinridge" had its red-carpet, star-studded premiere in New York at the Criterion Theatre (1514 Broadway) on Tuesday, 23 June 1970. The movie went into general release in the USA one day later.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "A man in the house is worth two in the street."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about a rock garden mentioned Mae West.
• • Andrea Tromley Skrlac wrote: Walking through the rock garden can be somewhat overwhelming, as the viewer’s eye hardly knows where to linger. The general themes that prevail are religion, patriotism and pop culture, forming a unique tapestry. Hartman’s reproductions of Freedom Hall, Valley Forge and the White House live in harmony with Christ, the Virgin Mary, and Madonna of the Trail, as well as cultural icons like Mae West ...
• • Source: Article: "Historic Rock Garden" written by Andrea Tromley Skrlac, Staff Writer for the Springfield Paper; posted on Wednesday, 23 June 2010
By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2340th 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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