Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Mae West: Skip Ward

MAE WEST received top billing in "Myra Breckinridge" [1970] and Skip Ward was part of the credited cast and seen as Chance.
• • Skip Ward [12 September 1932 — 27 June 2003] • •
• • Born in Cleveland, Ohio as Rufus King Ward IV on Monday, 12 September 1932, by the age of 26 he had skipped on his name and begun to whip out his headshot.
• • From 1958 — 1991, Skip Ward was seen on TV in guest-starring roles as well as in Hollywood motion pictures, where he often was the fellow in a uniform (sailor, crew member, military policeman, cop, football player, officer, captain, lieutenant, milkman). Altogether he took part in 43 productions on the silver screen and on various TV series such as "The Gertrude Berg Show," where he played an ongoing character.
• • Skip Ward died in Calabasas, California on 27 June 2003.  He was 70.
• • Larry Ceballos [21 October 1887 — 12 September 1978] • •
• • Born in Iquique, Chile on 21 October 1887, Larry's birth name was Hilarion Ceballos.
• • In addition to creating dance numbers for Mae West and the cast of "The Ginger Box Review," Larry Ceballos had worked on Broadway. Months before Black Friday, he had completed one of his film shorts for Vitaphone — — "Larry Ceballos' Roof Garden Revue" [May 1929]. He also directed the motion picture "The Gay Nineties" [1942].
• • Larry Ceballos died in Los Angeles in the month of September — — on Tuesday, 12 September 1978.
• • On Tuesday, 12 September 1933 • •
• • Paramount Pictures pumped out the promotional copy for Mae West's "She Done Him Wrong" during 1933.  "Not Once But Again and Again" read one ad headline printed in Variety's issue dated for Tuesday, 12 September 1933.  "Yes, they kinda went for me," Mae tells her audience in another advertisement.
• • On Wednesday, 12 September 1934 in Singapore • •
• • Singapore's English language daily The Straits Times announced (on page 7) a half-price matinee for "I'm No Angel" starring Mae West in their issue dated for Wednesday, 12 September 1934.
• • On Monday, 12 September 1938 • •
• • Mindful of movie-goers' budgets, The Danville Bee alerted film fans that there would be a "New Deal Show" on Thursday night so they could enjoy "Every Day's a Holiday" starring Mae West and featuring Edmund Lowe, Charles Butterworth, Walter Catlett, Lloyd Nolan.  A notice was posted in The Danville Bee (on page 14) on Monday, 12 September 1938.
• • On Wednesday, 12 September 2012 • •
• • "Homage to Mae West" is the way Elena V Designs has prepped enthusiasm for her Ready-to-Wesr Spring 2013 collection. Models will come down the runway on 12 September 2012 from 7:00 pm  — 10:00 pm at The Ukrainian Museum (222 East 6th St., New York, NY 10003).
• • It's sweet to hear of a spring fashion line titled "Homage to Mae West" but alas and alack. The outfit worn on Elena Vasilevsky's invitation, unfortunately, is slutty looking, yawn-provoking and her b/w image is too charmless to re-post here. But maybe the apparel seen at the show tonight will look better. Especially if the models have their hair styled by a pro. Good luck to Elena V Designs.
• • In Her Own Words • • 
• • Mae West said: "I got in everyone's hair asking questions. Why this and why that?  I was in a strange land and I had to learn the tricks."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about Tampa mentioned Mae West.
• • Josh Poltilove wrote: Eighty years ago, Chester Beecroft envisioned creating a movie studio that would turn Tampa into the Hollywood of the East.  It turned out to be wishful thinking.  But in March 1932, the veteran producer who had made films with Mae West and Marion Davies signed a long-term lease to house the Beecroft-Florida studios in the Davis Islands Coliseum. ...
• • Source: Article: "Curtain came down quickly on Davis Islands' film aspirations" written by Josh Poltilove for The Tampa Tribune; published on Tuesday, 11 September 2012 
By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2424th 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 • 1970
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