Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Mae West: Lawsuit Launched

It was October 1949 and MAE WEST was again being sued, this time over the use of the name Diamond Lil.  A daring duo had also launched lawsuits against other people, hoping to rake in some easy money.  
• • Los Angeles, October 21 — Court for $10,360,000 damages from Mae West and a group of other defendants.
• • They claimed that in March 1948, they organized Diamond Lil, Inc. a Nevada corporation to engage in the hotel, resort, and gambling business.  They alleged the defendants terminated certain contracts, depriving them of profits.
• • They also claim right to the trade name of "Diamond Lil" and the said the defendants had no right to use it for the Diamond Lil Night Club in an unspecified New Jersey town.
• • Defendants include Miss West, her agent Tim Tavilentry, her manager Saul Friedman. Fred O. Cobb and Judith St. Claire, all described as stockholders in Diamond Lil, Inc. of Nevada, of the corporation itself Diamond Lil Co. of New Jersey . . .
• • Source: Article: "Pair Seeks Billion In Suits Against Mae West And Others" syndicated by Associated Press; published in the Portland Sunday Telegram and Sunday Press Herald in Maine on Friday, 21 October 1949.
• • John Kenley [20 February 1906 — 23 October 2009] • •
• • According to The New York Times, Mr. Kenley was born John Kremchek in Denver on 20 February 1906. His parents were saloon keepers who later moved the family to Cleveland. In the 1920s he made his way to New York, hoping to break into show business. He performed with Martha Graham as a dancer-acrobat in John Murray Anderson’s "Greenwich Village Follies," when Anderson suggested he change his name to Kenley.
• • In 1961, the Kenley Players featured Mae West in a play billed as "Sex-Tette" and staged in Warren, Ohio.  John's group, the Kenley Players, was a summer stock circuit that had its beginnings in 1957 in Dayton, Ohio. Over time, this theatre company would feature a galaxy of stars: Mae West, Arthur Godfrey, Ethel Merman, Burt Reynolds, Billy Crystal, Gypsy Rose Lee, Tommy Tune, William Shatner, and Robert Goulet.
• • John Kenley, stricken with pneumonia, died at the Cleveland Clinic on Friday, 23 October 2009.  He was 103.
• • On Friday, 23 October 1931 • •
• • It was on Friday, 23 October 1931 that the New York City tabloid Evening Graphic reported on the very strange fan letters Mae West was receiving.
• • On Thursday, 23 October 1986 in New Scientist • •
• • The British publication New Scientist was greatly troubled by the new technology that could add color to vintage black and white motion pictures.
• • New Scientist wrote: "Nowadays, less and less is left to the imagination . . . Now Mae West's eyes will glint in colour as she delivers her barbed line, "Is that a gun in your  pocket or are you pleased to see me?"  
• • If this hilarity amuses you, then you must read the rest in New Scientist's issue dated for Thursday, 23 October 1986 on page 65.
• • On Tuesday, 23 October 2012 • •
• • Enjoy "Mae West Chicken and Waffle Night" every Tuesday in Chicago such as 23 October starting at 5:30 pm.
• • The charming tradition at The Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club (3700 N. Halsted St., Chicago) is their delightful dinner special, which pays homage to Hollywood's Golden Age with themed dishes such as Mae West chicken and waffles with collard greens, banana horseradish puree, and a maple-glazed waffle for $12.95 with a free glass of champagne. 
• • Favorite Mae West films "Night After Night," "She Done Him Wrong," and others play on televisions around the club each Tuesday. 
• • Tell them you heard about it on The Mae West Blog.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Sometimes I grow weary of fighting to keep faith with the public."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article on a singer from Brooklyn mentioned Mae West.
• • William J. Mann wrote: For longtime theater aficionados, however, Streisand's gay tutelage was acknowledged as merely part of a long tradition, one with a very impressive track record. At the beginning of the 20th century, a bawdy, busty young woman by the name of Mary Jane West was inspired by the campy, cheeky female impersonator Bert Savoy and other drag-queen pals to create her own stage persona, which she called Mae West.
• • Source: Article: "The Gays Behind Barbra (And Nearly Every Other Gay Icon)" written by  William J. Mann for the HuffPost; published on Tuesday, 16 October 2012
By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2466th 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: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/

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