Sunday, July 22, 2012

Mae West: Best Selling

The headline on July 22nd was triumphant: "MAE WEST Achieves Fame With Her Books."
• • Sunday Times wrote: "Mae West is as great a favorite with a section of the world's reading public as she is with motion picture audiences, it was revealed recently on the arrival in Hollywood of the president of the company acting as her publishers.
• • Sunday Times continued: The president journeyed from his New York headquarters to present her with the first copy of the British edition of her novel, "She Done Him Wrong," and to get her signature on a contract for translation of the same book into French. The demand for Miss West's book made it necessary to start foreign translations, as well as having special editions ordered in England.
• • Sunday Times explained: "She Done Him Wrong," the novel based on Miss West's picture, which skyrocketed her to film fame, already is one of the world's best-sellers, and nearly a million copies have been sold.  At present the star is at work on a new book, "How to Misbehave," and is contemplating novelising her original screen story, "I'm No Angel."  If she finds time, it is expected that she will write a novel based on her screen drama of the Naughty Nineties, "It Ain't  No Sin."  . . .
• • Source: Article: "Mae West  Achieves Fame With Her Books" written for The Sunday Times (Perth, Australia) and printed on page 7; published on Sunday, 22 July 1934.
• • Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr. [21 March 1867 — 22 July 1932] • •
• • Born in Chicago, Illinois, Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr. was a Broadway impresario. He is best known for his series of theatrical revues, the Ziegfeld Follies [1907 — 1931], inspired by the Folies Bergères of Paris. Ziegfeld, who also built his own theatre on The Great White Way, earned a reputation as the "glorifier of the American girl."
• • Nineteen-year-old brunette Mae West was featured in the show "A Winsome Widow" as La Petite Daffy in 1912.
• • The musical was presented at the Moulin Rouge, then located at 1514-16 Broadway [West 44th Street], New York, NY. This showplace was demolished in 1935.
• • This extravaganza was produced by Flo Ziegfeld, and during its latest revision the Eastside musical was relocated to the West Coast — — to San Francisco's Chinatown.
• • Flo Ziegfeld died in Hollywood, California in the month of July — — on 22 July 1932 — — from pleurisy related to a former lung infection. He was 65.
• • On Wednesday, 22 July 1942 • •
• • The dateline was Los Angeles, the headline was "Come Up and Sue Me Sometime." This was a news item suitable for the lachrymose intolerant.
• • The Argus wrote: Mae West, the film star, has asked for a divorce from her one-time vaudeville partner, Frank Wallace, charging him with cruelty.
• • The Argus explained: Wallace, reversing the usual procedure, is requesting alimony at the rate of $1,000 a month on the grounds that he is destitute. He contends that Mae West has a fortune of more than $1,000,000.
• • The Argus closed with: Mae West declares that she separated from Wallace the month after they were married in 1911.
• • Source: The Argus (Melbourne, Australia), printed on page 3; published on Wednesday, 22 July 1942.
• • On Tuesday, 22 July 2008 • •
• • Staged in Manhattan at the Algonquin, as part of the Fresh Fruit Festival, the play "Courting Mae West: Sex, Censorship and Secrets" (based on true events) had its final performance on Tuesday, 22 July 2008.  Sultry Yvonne Sayers portrayed the Brooklyn bombshell at odds with City Hall, the censors, and her wayward sister Beverly.
• • 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: "Come up sometime and see me."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article in Great Britain mentioned Mae West's lover.
• • Christopher Hawtree wrote: Among the many men who used to call by Mae West's house in Santa Monica, California, after working out on nearby Muscle Beach was a wrestler called Mr Baltimore, who has died aged 76. Otherwise known as Chester Krauser, he had been in the chorus line of West's mid-1950s nightclub act. West was 62 and had currently been involved with two other hunks from her stage act. But as West recalled, the 32-year-old Mr Baltimore "had an air of serious liveliness about him one day that I supposed conveyed his happiness at having me all alone."
• • Christopher Hawtree explained: Mr Baltimore became Paul Novak during his long liaison with Mae West. Of Polish origins, he had been born Chester Ribonsky in Baltimore, and had served in the merchant navy as a gunner in the second world war and in Korea.
• • Christopher Hawtree noted: Chester and Mae remained together to the end — — their union cemented by his new name. It appears that he decided to change it after the publicity generated by a punch-up with Mr Universe, one Mickey Hargitay. Jayne Mansfield had not only become smitten by Hargitay but, mindful of publicity, had tried to suggest she had saved him from Miss West's clutches.
• • Christopher Hawtree continued: Apart from this fracas, which resulted in a three-day court case thrown out by the judge, Novak kept out of the public eye but was steadfast in his support of Mae West for 25 years.
• • Christopher Hawtree added: According to the ragtime expert Ian Whitcomb, visitors to her apartment were always greeted at the door by an eyeball in the spyglass, then a shuffling and then Paul Novak, in blue blazer and black trousers. Novak then led visitors in to await Miss West in the sitting-room. Ian Whitcomb thought Novak decent, kind, very shy.
• • Christopher Hawtree revealed: Once he mentioned in print that Novak carried in some groceries. "A star does not mention groceries," she told him. But the only time that he saw Novak upset was during the making of her album "Great Balls of Fire." When Whitcomb said 'Cut!' during a vocal take, Novak was offended on her behalf and pulled out the gun he always carried. Novak was certainly always glad to see her, and she daily performed fellatio upon him because she thought it good for her skin. She and Novak never married. ...
• • Source: Article: "Paul Novak: Beach hunk who became Mae West's faithful friend" written by Christopher Hawtree for The Guardian [UK]; posted on Wednesday, 21 July 1999
By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2371st 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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