Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Mae West: Ilean Hume

MAE WEST starred in "Klondike Annie" [1936] and Ilean Hume was seen as a dance hall girl.
• • Ilean Hume [26 February 1896 — 18 November 1946] • •
• • Born on 26 February 1896 in Toronto, Canada, Ilean Hume worked onscreen during the silent era starting when she was 16 years old. From 1912 — 1921, Ilean Hume was cast in shorts and had featured or strong supporting roles in 23 projects made for the cinema house. She received good notices for her role as Rita in "The Pretenders" [1916], a five-part series from Metro Pictures starring Emmy Wehlen and written by Channing Pollack and Rennold Wolf. She worked again with Emmy Wehlen in "The Outsider" [1917] and often appeared in films starring one of the Barrymores.
• • In 1915, she was residing at 1354 Wright St., Los Angeles, California.  Her home is often included on tours of where the screen stars lived.
• • When she was 25, she took a break from making the rounds of casting agents. She made a brief return to the movie lot for her bit in "Klondike Annie," then retired.
• • Ilean Hume died in Studio City, California on Monday, 20 November 1978. She was 82.
• • Jimmy Hussey [18 January 1891 — 20 November 1930] • •
• • Born in Chicago on 18 January 1891, James J. Hussey made his stage debut (accidentally) when he attended a performance in The Windy City and started singing choruses from the balcony. Instead of getting thrown out, he won a contract and started appearing on the Shubert vaudeville circuit.
• • When Mae West was booked at the Central Theatre [Broadway at West 47th Street] on 25 December 1920, Jimmy Hussey was the star attraction. Clearly, Mae left the right impression. Months later, Hussey wrote the book and the lyrics for the revue that would be renamed "The Mimic World 1921." He made sure his new material was custom-tailored to Mae's unique talents. She was cast in many prominent skits in this production — — including the con artist "Shifty Liz." With Mae's approval and cooperation, Hussey penned the skit "The Trial of Shimmy Mae." That dance was kept in the show, however, Hussey's skit "The Bridal Suite" was scrapped after a Boston try-out.
• • Jimmy Hussey, who was a brilliant success onstage as a Jewish comedian, died on Thursday, 20 November 1930. He was 39.
• • On Monday, 20 November 1911 • •
• • Mae West was cast in "Vera Violetta," which opened on Monday, 20 November 1911 at the Winter Garden Theatre.  Thanks to her ill-conceived attempts at upstaging the French star of the show, Mae West was seen only in the previews.  That was foolish, Mae!
• • On Sunday, 20 November 1988 • •
• • Mae West once confided to a friend: "I felt Bill Fields had no class."
• • This exchange was printed in The Orlando Sentinel on Sunday, 20 November 1988:
• • On Monday, 20 November 2006 • •
• • Radio station WFMU's "Playlist for 20 November 2006" included Mae West's version of "I'm in the Mood for Love" from the album "The Fabulous Mae West." If you're in the mood, go to their web site and have a listen. 
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "That picture was a mistake from the word 'Shoot!'''
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A footnote on famous American quotes mentioned Mae West.
• • Patrick Henry's quotations are often cited.
• • Thomas W. Benson wrote: Although topped by the 61 percent who knew that Mae West said, "Come up and see me sometime" (sic), Patrick Henry fared better than Lincoln, Wilson, and the two Roosevelts in the public's identification of famous quotes from our history. ...
• • Source: Book: "American Rhetoric" (fn on page 61) written by Thomas W. Benson; published in 1989
By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2491st 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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