Sunday, November 11, 2012

Mae West: Louis Nizer

Louis Nizer's death notice, printed in the month of November, mentioned he had once represented MAE WEST.
• • Louis Nizer [6 February 1902 — 10 November 1994] • •
• • Born in London, Louis Nizer [6 February 1902 — 10 November 1994] was a noted Jewish-American trial lawyer and senior partner of the law firm Phillips Nizer Benjamin Krim and Ballon.
• • As a trial lawyer, Louis Nizer made himself an authority on contract, copyright, libel, divorce, plagiarism and antitrust law, and various legal matters involving the entertainment world. His celebrity clients included Mae West, Johnny Carson, Charlie Chaplin, Salvador Dali, Eddie Fisher, Alan Jay Lerner, basketball star Julius Erving, and Spyros Skouros, once board chairman of 20th Century Fox films. 
• • Louis Nizer died in NYC on Thursday, 10 November 1994.  He was 92.
• • Jerome Kern [27 January 1885 — 11 November 1945] • •
• • Mae West was cast in "A Winsome Widow," a 1912 Broadway success.
• • Produced by Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr., "A Winsome Widow" had several numbers created by a diverse group of songwriters and composers, for instance, Jerome Kern, then 27 years old.
• • A native New Yorker like Mae West, Jerome Kern was a composer of musical theatre and popular music who was raised in Manhattan. One of the most important American theatre composers of the early 20th century, he wrote more than 700 songs, used in over 100 stage works, including such classics as "Ol' Man River," "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man," "A Fine Romance," "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," "All the Things You Are," "The Way You Look Tonight," "Long Ago (and Far Away)," "Who?" — — and songs intended to be performed in "A Winsome Widow" by Mae West.
• • On 5 November 1945, Jerome Kern suffered a cerebral hemorrhage while walking at the south west corner of Park Avenue and 57th street, apparently in search of a drugstore for the pills he depended on, but had forgotten to bring with him. He died six days later on Sunday, 11 November 1945. He was 60.
• • On Tuesday, 11 November 1913 • •
• • Mae West's vaudeville routine was noticed by an entertainment critic for the Philadelphia Times, where some quotes appeared on Tuesday, 11 November 1913.
• • On Friday, 11 November 1932 • •
• • Behind the scenes, a tug-of-war was going on in Tinseltown. On one hand, Will Hays argued that Mae West would bring blantant indecency to the silver screen. On the other hand, studio executives sensed there was money to be made.  Fortunately,  two men obligated to enforce the code — — Jason Joy, who was the head of the Committee until 1932, and his successor Dr. James Wingate — — were fairly ineffective.  Nevertheless, the letters flew.
• • On Friday, 11 November 1932, James Wingate wrote a warning to Mr. McKenzie: "The basic story of Ruby Red is Diamond Lil." Moreover, "If the picture went through this way it would be recognized as the old story and looked upon as a subterfuge and a violation of the agreement ..."  
• • On Monday, 11 November 1996 • •
• • An article by Claudia Roth Pierpont — — "The Strong Woman: What Was Mae West Really Fighting For" — — was printed (page 105) in The New Yorker's issue dated for Monday, 11 November 1996.
• • On Sunday, 11 November 2012 • •
• • In 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, an armistice (that is, a truce) between Germany and the Allied nations came into effect. Then in the USA in 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the 11th of November as Armistice Day to honor the heroism of military personnel from the United States who gave their lives for their country. 
• • On 13 May 1938, an Act of Congress was approved making November 11th a legal holiday known as Armistice Day or Veterans Day.
• • During the second World War, Americans were asked to join together to fight Hitler and stem the tide of Nazism. During this conflict, a flotation device was named for Hollywood star Mae West. New York City holds a parade today on Fifth Avenue for our veterans. Many will be watching.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Don't you see how my life is?  I gotta top myself in my pictures and I gotta watch myself in everything else. My private life has gotta be a model."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An item on auto shows mentioned Mae West.
• • New York Magazine wrote: On view through November 12th . . . and cars from the garages of Mae West, Delores del Rio, and Arthur Godfrey. ...
• • Source: Item: New York Magazine; published on Monday, 6 November 1972
By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2482nd 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 • holding the vest named for her in 1952
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