Saturday, June 09, 2012

Mae West: The X in Expo

A lucky college student rolled Hollywood sex goddess MAE WEST down El Prado (in a rattan rollerchair) on Sunday, 9 June 1935, local news accounts reported from San Diego that year.
• • As the movie star entered Gold Gulch, someone hit the bull's eye and all lights went out. Mae applauded the "little woman," wearing a clinging black dress and a large-brimmed hat, who swivelled her body into an hourglass shape and said, "Why don't you come up sometime and see me?" at Midget Village. Upon being told the fleet would be in the following day, Mae remarked, "I'm sorry I didn't know the fleet was coming in tomorrow as I certainly would have come down then. I'm very patriotic that way."
• • The fleet Mae missed arrived at the Expo on Tuesday, 11 June 1935.  What a group: fifty-eight thousand officers and enlisted men in the largest concentration of ships to anchor and dock in San Diego up to that time.  The American sailors went to visit the exciting California Pacific Exposition.  Ah, what memories.
• • Georges Bruggeman [1 November 1904 — 9 June 1967] • •
• • Perhaps you recall seeing the muscular Belgian bit part player in "I'm No Angel" [1933] as Omnes. Born in Antwerp, Belgium on 1 November 1904, Georges Bruggeman launched his career in Hollywood in 1932. Often cast in athletic roles such as a trapeze artist, trainer, or dancer, or in "take charge" positions such as an officer, or a French policeman, soldier, sailor, or general's aide, Georges Bruggeman was featured in almost five dozen projects that were televised or in the cinema.
• • His final appearances were in 1963 in "A New Kind of Love" and "Wives and Lovers."  Bruggeman died in North Hollywood in the month of June — — on 9 June 1967.  He was 62.
• • On Sunday, 9 June 1935 in The N. Y. Times • •
• • Mae West did a few interviews with John Moffatt. In an article printed in the Sunday Times on 9 June 1935, Mae discussed parting with Libby Taylor, her longtime maid.  Mae said, "When she began wanting me to wake her up in the morning, I told her she'd better stop being a maid and give her all to the public."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "The popularity of Mae West will continue just as long as Mae West wants it to.  I never let anything stop me, once I set my heart on it. I've never had a wishbone where my backbone should be."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A syndicated gossip column written by Earl Wilson in NYC mentioned Mae West.
• • "Mae West Gives Earl Necktie for Birthday" • •
• • Earl Wilson wrote: NEW YORK, June 9 — I'm the blissful owner of a birthday tie given to me by Mae West. A friend pointed out to me to me that it's Mae Westian in design. The figures on it are fig leaves, the friend said.
• • "You know," I commented to Mae, "I wouldn't know a fig leaf if I saw one."
• • "You mean," said Mae, "you wouldn't know one if you saw it on a necktie." ...
• • Source: Article: "Mae West Gives Earl Necktie for Birthday" printed on page 49 of the Miami News; published on Thursday, 9 June 1949
By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2326th 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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