Saturday, November 10, 2012

Mae West: Leo White

MAE WEST made her screen debut in "Night After Night" [1932] and Leo White was seen as a kitchen helper.  The following year he appeared at the beginning of "She Done Him Wrong," the outdoor scene, where he was the pedestrian tipping his hat to Lady Lou.
• • Leo White [10 November 1873 — 20 September 1948] • •
• • Born in Graudenz, West Prussia, Germany (now Poland) in the month of November — — on Monday, 10 November 1873 — — Leo Herbert White sharpened his comic chops touring the revered British Music Hall circuit during the late 1890s.  In 1910 Leo White accompanied theatrical producer Daniel Frohman to Tinseltown; Frohman became partners later with Adolph Zukor.
• • Though he was kept busy during the silent screen era, working with Charlie Chaplin, Rudolph Valentino, Wallace Beery, etc., and though he made the transition to talkies, the five-foot-six actor could no longer count on supporting roles.  Though bit parts were to be his bread-and-butter, White didn't starve.  From 1911 — 1948, he was seen in 442 motion pictures.  Working right up to the end, he was a pedestrian onlooker in "The Fountainhead" [1949], filmed when he was in his 70s.
• • Leo White died in Glendale, California on 20 September 1948.  He was 74.
• • Maude Eburne [10 November 1875 — 15 October 1960] • •
• • Born in Bronte-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada on Wednesday, 10 November 1875, Maude Eburne began her career on the stage up north in Canada before heading to New York.  She was seen on Broadway from 1913 — 1930, usually in comedies or a musical comedy, and often cast as a Cockney servant.
• • By 1918, fortified by her stage training, Maude Eburne tried her luck getting cast during the silent film era.  When she transitioned to talkies, casting agents patched her into scenes that called for a maid, mother, landlady, socialite, party guest, an aristocrat, and assorted comical female relatives (such as the coroner's wife). From 1918 — 1951, she participated in 117 full-length films either in featured roles or itty bits. In "Every Day's a Holiday" [1937], Maude Eburne had an uncredited role.
• • Maude Eburne died in Hollywood on Saturday, 15 October 1960.  She was 84.
• • On Saturday, 10 November 1928 • •
• • The New Yorker published a lengthy Mae West interview titled "Diamond Mae" illustrated with a cheeky illustration on page 26. Written by Thyra Samter Winslow, this profile appeared in the issue dated for the week of 10 November 1928.
• • On Saturday, 10 November 1951 • •
• • "Diamond Lil," after a regional tour, returned to the Broadway Theatre for a victory lap. Gus Jordan's Gay Nineties saloon on the Bowery was seen again on The Great White Way beginning on 14 September 1951.
• • Two months later, Mae West and her gaudy retinue took their final bows on Saturday, 10 November 1951 after this "last stand" on Broadway — — yes, sixty-seven performances.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I have given six life-stories but I can always give another."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article on "Diamond Lil" quoted Mae West.
• • Thyra Samter Winslow wrote: Mae West says that people want dirt in plays, so I give 'em dirt. Miss West is secretive, especially about her past and family. When "Diamond Lil" closes, Mae will star in another of her plays, "Men."  ...
• • Source: Article:  "Diamond Mae" written by Thyra Samter Winslow for The New Yorker; published on Saturday, 10 November 1928
By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2481st 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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