Thursday, August 02, 2012

Mae West: Whitehead Bond

On Friday, 3 August 2012, come up and see MAE WEST in "I'm No Angel" in Brooklyn. There will be a screening tomorrow evening at sundown in the tranquil setting of the Narrows Botanical Gardens in the Bay Ridge area.  
• • WHERE: Shore Road between Bay Ridge Avenue and 72nd Street.
• • Max Whitehead [2 August 1922 — 26 March 2010] • •
• • An Australian gent (born on 2 August 1922) formed a secret boudoir bond with Mae West, a trophy encounter he treasured but did not publicize for several decades. Here are the juicy details about a Chesty Bond original.
• • Chesty Bond is a long-lived fictional cartoon character and trademark for the Australian clothing company Bonds. Originally created in 1938 as part of a merchandising campaign to sell men's underwear (and the singlet — — a type of vest — — in particular), Chesty Bond is recognized by many Australians as a popular national icon.
• • According to James Jeffrey at The Australian: "Not only was Max Whitehead the original Chesty Bond model, he was also the first captain of the Manly Sea Eagles and even had a long stint traveling the world as a professional wrestler. But journalist Steve Warnock, who interviewed Max Whitehead in the late 1980s, says there was another achievement Whitehead quietly claimed to have notched up: bedding — — or indeed, being bedded by — — Mae West. "He told me he'd kill me if I let on about it while he was still alive," Warnock told Strewth yesterday. Max Whitehead was in his early thirties at the time and his wrestling partner happened to be Mae West's lover; West was by then in her 60s, aging extremely well and entertaining a predilection for musclemen.
• • On Wednesday, 2 August 1944 • •
• • It was Wednesday, August 2nd and the applause rang out from the Shubert Theatre [225 West 44th Street], signaling the gala Broadway debut of "Catherine Was Great," when Mae West portrayed the Empress of Russia. Produced by Mike Todd, the show starred Mae as the Empress of Love who handled her men as skillfully as she handled affairs of state.
• • 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:  "Let 'em wonder. I never believed in givin' them too much of me."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about Shakespeare mentioned Mae West.
• • The Australian Women's Weekly wrote:  Imagine Shakespeare with horn-rimmed glasses, smoking a cigar, wearing plus fours, sitting back in a canvas chair with a megaphone in one hand, directing the film production of his latest play, "As You Like It," featuring Mae West.  ...
• • Source: Article: "If Shakespeare Lived Today — Would He Make Films and Feature Mae West?" written for The Australian Women's Weekly (page 3); published on Saturday, 28 July 1934
By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2382nd 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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