Sunday, November 18, 2012

Mae West: Donald Meek

MAE WEST starred in "My Little Chickadee" [1940] and Donald Meek played the memorable role of Amos Budge, the crooked preacher who united Flower Belle Lee and Cuthbert J. Twillie in holy matrimony.
• • Donald Meek [14 July 1878 — 18 November 1946] • •
• • Born on 14 July 1878 in Glasgow, Scotland, Donald Meek performed on the stage in Britain and Australia before making his Broadway debut at age 24 on 6 April 1903 in the comedy "The Minister's Daughters," which was staged uptown at the Star Theatre. One of the scenes is set at Jefferson Market Prison, a jail where Mae West would meet other female inmates in February 1927.  The five-foot-four thespian was cast in 20 shows on the Great White Way up until 1932.
• • One of his best known Broadway comedies was "Six-Cylinder Love," staged for a year [August 1921 — July 1922] at the Sam H. Harris Theatre on West 42nd Street. He reprised his role as Richard Burton in the cinema version of "Six Cylinder Love" [1923]; Fox Film Corp.'s light-hearted look at the automobile was, in fact, the vehicle that brought him to the West Coast.
• • From 1923 — 1946, Donald Meek played supporting or featured roles in 128 cinema releases. Despite suffering with leukemia, he worked right up until a few weeks before his death in Los Angeles on Monday, 18 November 1946.  He was 68.
• • James B. Carson [22 December 1884 — 18 November 1958] • •
• • Actor James B. Carson worked with Mae West in "Vera Violetta," which opened on 20 November 1911 at the Winter Garden Theatre. Born in Missouri on 22 December 1884, the Broadway veteran was cast as Professor Otto von Gruenberg. 
• • Carson died in Los Angeles, California in the month of November — — on Tuesday, 18 November 1958. He was 74.
• • On Wednesday, 18 November 1936 • •
• • It was a busy time for the screen queen when "Go West Young Man" was released on Wednesday, 18 November 1936 in he USA.
• • On Sunday, 18 November 2012 • •
• • A charming North Carolina Benefit will feature Mae West on the runway. “A Vintage Fashion Show — Thanks for the Memories” takes place on Sunday, 18 November 2012. It is a popular annual fundraising event for the Pamlico Historical Association. A gloriously costumed Mae West will be portrayed by Amanda Potter.
• • The event has been relocated to the Delamar Center at Pamlico Community College for the 2:00 pm show, which features all local residents decked out in colorful garb that celebrates American celebrities and well-known figures. A year ago, the show was held at the Heritage Center, where it attracted an overflow crowd.
• • Tickets (which include entertainment and refreshments) are available at the Pamlico Heritage Center in Grantsboro, NC.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "You may think I'm kidding but plays like 'The Captive' make me blush."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article on famous visitors to a (former) NYC mayor's wife mentioned Mae West.
• • N.C. Maisak wrote: Augusta Gaynor, the grande dame of Deepwells, is accustomed to receiving the world's rich and famous. After all, at one time or another, Mae West, John Barrymore, Fanny Brice, Coco Chanel, Annie Oakley, Mary Pickford, Harry Houdini, Mae West and Madam C. J. Walker have sat down in her elegant Victorian parlor for a cup of tea. ...
• • Source: Article: "Giving History Some Flesh and Blood" written by N.C. Maisak for The New York Times; posted on Sunday, 18 November 2001
By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2489th 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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