Monday, October 15, 2012

Mae West: Vamps and Vixens

MAE WEST, Barbara Stanwyck, Ruth Chatterton, and Jean Harlow are still ready to entertain. These four actresses will be featured in a frisky celluloid program series "Vamps and Vixens of Hollywood," which will begin on Monday, 5 November 2012.  Each movie star will be given her own date and an original presentation by film expert Stacy Davies.  
• • Details and a full schedule can be had if you phone the Rancho Mirage Library on the West Coast.
• • WHAT: The Vamps and Vixens of Hollywood, 1930 — 1934 with Stacy Davies.
• • WHERE: Rancho Mirage Public Library, 71-100 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage, California; Tel. 760-341-7323.
• • Christiana Delker [October 1838 — 15 October 1901] • •
• • Insecure about her lack of formal education perhaps, Mae West told people that she had a French tutor when she was young. If the Brooklyn bombshell could indeed speak French, then she learned it at her maternal grandmother's knee — — because Christiana [Brimier] Delker had Alsatian French heritage.
• • Christiana was born in Germany in October 1838. When Mae referred to her, she called Mrs. Delker her "rich" grandmother. What does "rich" mean to a little Brooklyn girl? Mae was only eight years old when her beloved grandmother died.
• • Brooklyn transplant Christiana Delker: we pay you tribute today, remembering that you passed from Mae's life on Tuesday, 15 October 1901 when you were 63 years old.
• • On Wednesday, 15 October 1941 • •
• • On Wednesday, 15 October 1941, Associated Press sent this news over the wire.
• • Mae Asks Divorce From Suing Mate • •
• • Associated Press wrote: San Bernardino — Mae West is going to ask a divorce from Frank Wallace, the man whom she married in Milwaukee in 1911.  
• • Wallace's suit, demanding $3,000 monthly separate maintenance from the actress, has been transferred to Los Angeles county on motion of Miss West's attorney with the agreement of Wallace's counsel. 
• • Mae's lawyer Kenneth Chauncey said she would file a corresponding suit to Wallace's demands, asking for a divorce.
• • Source: Bakersfield Californian (page 1); published on Wednesday, 15 October 1941.
• • On Friday, 15 October 1948 • •
• • Mae West wrote a check on Friday, 15 October 1948, made payable to Fred Dempsey Florist. In 1948, the sum of $20.60 would have purchased quite a splendid floral display.
• • On Thursday, 15 October 1959 • •
• • On Thursday, 15 October 1959, The Los Angeles Times printed an article by Cecil Smith: "Mae West Censored from New TV Show."  CBS also cut Jack Webb from the same program.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I top 'em all.  I always have."
• • When her first husband Frank Wallace died on Saturday, 15 October 1966, Mae was asked to comment. Mae West said:  "He'll always remain in the wastebasket of my memories."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about censorship mentioned Mae West.
• • David Hinckley wrote:  We suspect that the first time the mayor got mad at the museum — — over its "Sensation" exhibition, which included a lamb encased in formaldehyde — — he thought it was simple blasphemy. This time, we suspect, he thinks it's personal. So he wants to resurrect the old civic decency panel. Last time we had one of those, it busted Mae West.  ...
• • Source: Article: "Outrage Has Become All The Rage These Days" written by David Hinckley for The N.Y. Daily News; published on Tuesday, 20 February 2001
By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2458th 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 • 1940
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