Friday, June 15, 2012

Mae West: Sex and Sarah

Making news on Friday, 15 June 1951 was the on-going battle between MAE WEST and actress Sarah Allen.
• • According to the pre-trial coverage, Sarah Allen had appeared in the cast of "Diamond Lil" during its 1949 tour.  She then developed her own act impersonating Mae who, at first, was so charmed that she gave the younger woman permission to include the number "Come Up and See Me Sometime." But after Miss Allen "wowed them in Bayonne, NJ with a stand-out performance," Mae's admiration cooled. "Since then Miss West not only accused her of stealing her act, but used her influence on agents to keep Miss Allen from getting stage jobs," noted the newspapers.
• • "Did Mae West Make Sex Famous?" was one headline.
• • Allen's petition, couched in rhyme began: "Can Sarah's spinal modulations/ Be subject to West's regulations?/ For buxom Mae now makes the claim/ Of introducing sex to fame!"
• • Taking her beef to the New York Supreme Court, and claiming she was slandered, she slapped a million dollar suit against the screen queen and hired lawyer Harry H. Lipsig. On Friday, 15 June 1951 there was an examination before trial in Manhattan.
• • Miss West's attorneys Klein and Weir said they had returned a point-by-point denial of the charges.
• • Mahlon Hamilton [15 June 1880 — 20 June 1960] • •
• • Born in Virginia during the month of June — — on 15 June 1880 — — Mahlon Hamilton was cast as a sideshow spectator in the opening scene of "I'm No Angel" [1933], one of the men pressing closer to ogle Tira in her hilariously over-the-top "Little Egypt" costume. Stricken by cancer, the busy bit part player also died in June, on 20 June 1960, in Woodland Hills, California shortly after his 80th birthday.
• • Ben Astar [15 June 1909 — 20 October 1988] • •
• • Born in Palestine [now Israel] during the month of June — — on 15 June 1909 — — Ben Astar portrayed an Israeli delegate in "Sextette" [1978]. Always cast as an ethnic with a foreign accent, the character actor stayed busy from 1950 — 1983 and died on 20 October 1988 in Tarzana, California at the age of 79.
• • In June 1919 • •
• • It was June 1919 when Mae West was wrapping up a successful long-running engagement in "Sometime," a musical comedy on Broadway with Ed Wynn.
• • On Saturday, 15 June 1935 • •
• • It was on  Saturday, 15 June 1935 that Mae West made headlines in The Hutchinson News [Hutchinson, Kansas].  Here's the story:  A controversy developed over Hollywood starlet Mae West's sometimes marriages. Her latest film "Goin' to Town" at the air-conditioned Fox Theatre, featured West as a married woman taking two husbands and the third — — who had met an untimely demise — — all to get her clutches on the one she actually wanted.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said (about Sarah Allen): "It takes more than platinum blonde hair and shapely hips to be like Mae West."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about summer stock in Rhode Island mentioned Mae West.
• • Paul E. Kandarian, Globe Correspondent, writes: Rhode Island is a place noted for its watery location (hence its nickname, "The Ocean State"), and proliferation of theater offerings. Combing both, Theatre By The Sea in Matunuck, a classic old barn-style theater near the ocean that when summer stock was the rage had the likes of Mae West, Marlon Brando, Art Carney, and other notables treading its boards, has opened for a season hosting four Tony Award-winning shows. ...
• • Source: Article: "Legendary RI summer theater opens for season" written by Paul E. Kandarian, Globe Correspondent, Globe Staff, Boston Globe; posted on 15 June 2011
By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2332nd 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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