Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Mae West: John Rogers

In 1936, film fans flocked to see MAE WEST in "Klondike Annie" and John Rogers was in the credits as Buddie.
• • John Rogers [28 August 1888 — 31 July 1963] • •
• • Born in  Manchester, England on 28 August 1888, John Edward Rogers was performing on The Great White Way fifteen times between 1911 — 1927. Rogers was featured in Gilbert and Sullivan's light operas, comedies, melodramas, romances, and controversial sex dramas such as the unstoppable "Rain" with Broadway's bad girl Jeanne Eagels as Sadie Thompson. 
• • The versatile Englishman transitioned to the big screen in 1929 at the age of 41.  The five-foot-seven actor was kept busy in 91 motion pictures until 1957, but never given as much screentime, despite his wonderful training in London.  He appeared on television three times in the 1950s; in the TV movie "The Merry Wives of Windsor" [1955] he played Robin.
• • John Rogers died in San Bernardino County, California at the end of July — — on 31 July 1963.  He was 74.
• • On Wednesday, 31 July 1974 • •
• • "Sex is good for you," says Mae West. And an interview published in The Australian Women's Weekly began with that provocative opening when they printed a profile of the sultry star. "I've never had anything to worry about," Mae assured the Aussie reporter. "It's always been success, success, success." ...
• • [Source: The Australian Women's Weekly on page 29; published in Australia on Wednesday, 31 July 1974.]
• • Mae West and Lloyds of London • •
• • Mae West, Frank Sinatra, and Sir Laurence Olivier were among the scores of legendary motion picture stars who followed the example of Betty Grable (who had her legs insured for a million bucks during the WW2 era) and decided to have themselves insured by Lloyds of London.
• • 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 this to an Australian reporter: "I like my sexes stable."
• • Mae West wrote this: “The wages of sin are sables and a film contract.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about a drag artist mentioned Mae West.
• • Nick DiFonzo wrote: "Eventually Rae Bourbon had his own club on Sunset Strip in L.A., where he hobnobbed with Hollywood elite such as Mae West and Bob Hope. He released dozens of comedy and bawdy-song records on several labels, including his own, UTC (Under The Counter, where one often found the risqué records in a shop)" ...
• • Source: Article: "Cutout Bin: Rae Bourbon — — Let Me Tell You About My Operation"  written by Nick DiFonzo for Houston Press; published on Friday, 31 July 2009
By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2380th 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 • 1936
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