Friday, November 23, 2012

Mae West: Laura Treadwell

MAE WEST starred in "I'm No Angel" [1933] and Laura Treadwell was seen as Mrs. Fletcher, her onscreen debut. Fortunate enough to work with Mae a second time, Treadwell was also cast as a society lady in "Goin' to Town" [1935].    
• • Laura Treadwell [14 July 1879 — 22 November 1960] • •
• • Born in Shepherdstown, West Virginia on 14 July 1879, Laura Treadwell trained for the stage. For instance, she was seen on Broadway in  "Men Must Fight" written by Reginald Lawrence and S.K. Lauren and staged at the Lyceum Theatre [October — November 1932]. Actor Gilbert Emery [1875 — 1965] played Edwin Seward in the same drama. Perhaps he put in a good word for Miss Treadwell when he was cast in "Goin' to Town" as Winslow.
• • From 1933 — 1951, Laura Treadwell was in 75 films. She was cast in a few featured roles but more often as a dress extra (society lady, diplomat's wife, party guest, theatre goer, or aristocrat). Her uncredited bit parts include her portrayals of a nurse, churchgoer, college dean, dowager, gossip, passenger, matron, middle-aged woman, wife, mother, and aunt.
• • In Hitchcock's "Strangers on a Train" [1951] she played Mrs. Anderson, her final screen credit. Laura Treadwell died in Hollywood on Tuesday, 22 November 1960. She was 81.
• • Constance Cummings [15 May 1910 — 23 November 2005] • •
• • Constance Cummings, who was 22 when she played socialite Jerry Healy in the movie "Night After Night" [1932], was born in Seattle, Washington on 15 May 1910. Her character, Miss Healy, was the latest love interest of speakeasy owner Joe Anton (George Raft).
• • At age 95, the actress died in Oxfordshire, England in November — — on Wednesday, 23 November 2005.
• • On Wednesday, 23 November 1927 in Variety • •
• • Variety poked fun at Mae West's attempts at funding her production of "The Wicked Age" via corporate sponsorship. Mocking the apparel labels her character deliberately mentions in the dialogue (such as Sam Mayo negligees) and the long list of designers in the Program credits, Variety was as gleeful as if they were doing serious undercover work. Between the acts, Variety informed their readers, postcards were distributed by the ushers explaining that "Cammeyer shoe creations have a leading role in my wardrobe."
• • Source: Variety (on page 48) in their issue dated for Wednesday, 23 November 1927.
• • On Wednesday, 23 November 1932 • •
• • Will Hays wrote to Adolph Zukor about "She Done Him Wrong" on 23 November 1932.
• • On Sunday, 23 November 1980 in The N.Y. Times • •
• • An obituary written by The N.Y. Times was printed on Sunday, 23 November 1980.
• • Mae West and diamonds were almost synonymous even before the creation of her most memorable character: Diamond Lil. ''I hadn't started out to collect diamonds, '' she said, ''but somehow they piled up on me.'' The onstage Diamond Lil was a singer in a Bowery saloon of the 1890's — — a bad girl with a good heart, who murdered her girlfriend, wrecked a Salvation Army hall, and sang ''Frankie and Johnny,'' wrote The New York Times.
• • On Sunday, 23 November 1980 in The L.A. Times • •
• • Mae West received a first-rate send-off in The L.A. Times by her friend Kevin Thomas.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I walk with men, dearie, not dogs."
• • Mae West said: "I never think about age."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An item in Australia mentioned Mae West.
• • Constance Cummings, Harold Lloyd's leading woman in "Movie Crazy," has been signed for a leading role in "Night After Night" with George Raft, Wynne Glbson, Mae West, and Alison Skipworth. ...
• • Source: Item in Sunday Times (Perth); published on Sunday, 13 November 1932
• • By the Numbers • • 
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