Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Mae West: Oui

"Van McCoy writes the songs and Ringo sings them to MAE WEST." 
• • The October 1977 issue of Oui Magazine put the very thin American actress Susan Dey on the cover, an odd choice for a pin-up. 
• • On page 110 Oui offered a meatier article featuring the upcoming motion picture starring curvy Mae West and a muscular cast, "Sextette." 
 • • Hazel Scott [11 June 1920 — 2 October 1981] • •
• • Born in Port au Spain, Trinidad on 11 June 1920 — — Hazel Scott, a classical and jazz musician, became one of America's premier pianists of her time. The West Indian beauty appeared with Mae in "The Heat Is On" [1943]. She played herself.
• • The glamourous vocalist had been a night club headliner and radio star by the late 1930s, performing with Count Basie and others.
• • Hazel Scott died of cancer in New York on Friday, 2 October 1981.  She was 61.
• • On Sunday, 2 October 1938 • •
• • Critic Rex Reed, who co-starred with Mae West in "Myra Breckinridge," was born on Sunday, 2 October 1938 in Fort Worth, Texas.  We wish him a Happy Birthday.
• • On Monday, 2 October 1922 • •
• • Citing the Billboard Index, author Jon Tuska said Mae appeared in "Playmates" on the Mutual Circuit [week of 2 October 1922].  "Playmates" was a burlesque show.
• • On Tuesday, 2 October 1928 • •
• • Producer Carl Reed and lawyer James Timony secured an injunction. "The Pleasure Man" was able to give a second performance on Tuesday, 2 October 1928, then the police padlocked the show for good.
• • Outraged that a woman would write a play about homosexuals in love, the Evening Post ran this headline "They Don't Come Any Dirtier" on 2 October 1928.
• • Headlines about Mae West's troubles ran in The N.Y. Times on Tuesday, 2 October 1928 on the front page.
• • "Mae West Defies Cops" read the cover of the Evening Graphic on 2 October 1928.
• • The legal battles fought by Mae West and Jim Timony are dramatized in the play "Courting Mae West: Sex, Censorship, and Secrets," set during the Prohibition Era. Watch a scene on YouTube.
• • On Monday, 2 October 1944 • •
• • "Catherine Was Great" was written by Mae West.  Her play premiered at the Shubert Theatre on 2 August 1944 and ran until 30 September 1944. On Monday, 2 October 1944, the show transferred to Mae's lucky spot,: the Royale Theatre, where it remained until after the Christmas holidays [closed 13 January 1945].
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Too many women make the mistake of waking up some morning and saying, 'I am no longer attractive to men.'  That does it, brother, from then on they're not!"
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about Errol Flynn mentioned the author Mae West.
• • The Orlando Sentinel wrote: The London auction house Christie's plans to offer a collection of film memorabilia next month, including six signed love letters the film star Errol Flynn penned from his London boarding school to a friend's sister. ...  The billets-doux are expected to fetch about $1,500 and will be auctioned along with derbies that belonged to Laurel and Hardy and imitation diamonds owned by actress Mae West. ...
• • Source: News Item: "Up for Grabs" in The Orlando Sentinel; published on 25 November 1989
By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2445th 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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