Friday, July 27, 2012

Mae West: Auction Ahead

A lovely item about to be auctioned is this original vintage costume design sketch by Edith Head for MAE WEST.
• • The costume was created for Mae's star turn as Leticia Van Allen in "Myra Breckinridge" [1970].  Edith Head used gouache and tempera on illustration paper (15 inches x 20 inches) to present this look.
• • Edith Head signed this ensemble for Mae West: a black velvet tulip dress and sleeveless embroidered chiffon coat.  Her notes are on the right. A swatch of black chiffon is attached on the upper left margin. Current bid is over $800.
• • Live Auction date: Monday, 30 July 2012
• • Auctioneer: Profiles in History in California  — T. 310-859-7701
• • Bob Hope [29 May 1903 — 27 July 2003] • •
• • Bob Hope appeared with Mae West on TV on 4 May 1959. Occasionally, their careers intersected. For instance, in March 1958 they were both in Hollywood rehearsing for the same Academy Awards presentation. Hope performed with dancer-actress Shirley MacLaine and Mae West sang with Rock Hudson. Life Magazine ran candid photos of this.
• • The ski-slope-nosed comedian was born as Leslie Townes Hope in London, England on 29 May 1903. Both stars, of course, had toured in vaudeville, were heard on radio, starred on Broadway, and also worked at Paramount Pictures (though not on the same motion pictures).
• • Bob Hope was 100 years old when he died at his home in Toluca Lake, California of pneumonia in the month of July — — at 9:28 pm on 27 July 2003.
• • On Tuesday, 27 July 1954 in Vegas •
• • On Tuesday, 27 July 1954 Mae West opened at the Congo Room. This exotic night spot, inside the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas, offered patrons a full supper as they watched a live performance. If you were in the audience when "The Mae West Revue" was onstage in 1954, you might have selected Broiled Fresh Colorado Brook Trout, Maitre d'Hotel, for $5.25.
• • The Sahara knew that guests wanted to bring home special keepsakes, so they commissioned souvenir keys. The front side of the key was imprinted "Hotel Sahara Las Vegas, Nevada" while the reverse message was "Come up and see me sometime, Mae West."  What a grand premiere. There were also colorful cards featuring Mae West in glamourous attire in the Congo Room. Announcing this star-dusted stage debut was a publication called Fabulous Las Vegas Magazine. Their issue dated for 24 July 1954 featured Mae West on the front cover.
• • Save the Date: Thursday, August 16th • •
• • Thursday, 16 August 2012 will be the next Mae West Tribute in Manhattan and the evening affair will start at 6:30 pm at 155 Mulberry Street.  This year Mae-mavens will enjoy an indoor event (ahhh, air conditioning), music written by Mae West's Italian husband will be played, and attendees will be seated.
• • At the Reception, Italian wine and light refreshments will be served. The ever-popular Mae West Raffle will offer rare prizes once again to a number of lucky attendees. The public is invited.
• • Mae West was born in Brooklyn, NY on Thursday, 17 August 1893.
• • Closest MTA subway stations: Grand St. or Canal St.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Don't forget to remind me about the policeman's balls — — I mean police show!" (movie dialogue from "Myra Breckinridge")
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A book review of a Mae West bio was published in July 1997.
• • Martha McPhee wrote: When most people, including me, think of Mae West, they think of Flower Belle Lee from ''My Little Chickadee.'' They remember a pneumatic blonde, part siren, part caricature, strutting slowly across the screen, all hips and bosom, her infamous one-liners sliding out of the corner of her mouth. Yet the film, made in 1940 when the actress was close to 50, came relatively late in West's career, and she hated it. She hated sharing equal billing and equal screen footage with W. C. Fields, whom she found to be an obnoxious drunk. Moreover, for audiences of the time, as Emily Wortis Leider tells us in ''Becoming Mae West,'' her insightful and engaging new biography of the star, Flower Belle was an old number, a rehash of the character that West had spent nearly 40 years perfecting.   ...
• • Source: Review: "Censorship Made Me" written by Martha McPhee for The N.Y. Times; published on 27 July 1997
By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2376th 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.
• • Come up and see Mae every day online:

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• • Mae West • 1970 costume
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