Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Mae West: Wing Wong

MAE WEST starred in "Klondike Annie" [1936] and Wing Wong was seen as Ah Toy.
• • Wing Wong [21 November 1892 — 30 September 1966] • •
• • Born on Monday, 21 November 1892 in China, Wing Wong appeared in nine motion pictures.  From 1925 — 1937, she was used in predictable roles given to Asians during the cinema's early days. However, she was, fortunately, accorded the status of a screen credit for four films.  Portraying characters such as a "fat Chinese woman," a maid, a flower seller, and an amah (a Chinese nanny or governess), Wing Wong established herself as a reliable performer. 
• • She was one of several Chinese actors and actresses employed during the earlier scenes in "Klondike Annie," her penultimate Hollywood role. Her final film was "Daughter of Shanghai" [1937].    
• • Wing Wong stayed in California and died in Los Angeles on 30 September 1966. She was 73.
• • On Sunday, 21 November 1948 • •
• • It was on 30 October 1948 that Mae West signed an Actor's Equity Association Stock Jobbing Contract on Equity's letterhead in New York. The Broadway star of "Diamond Lil" was agreeing to a weekly salary of $2,500, and the play would be opening in Montclair, New Jersey in the month of November — — on Sunday, 21 November 1948.
• • Until 21 November 2009 in Chicago • •
• • Mae West's play "Sex" was shown in Chicago until 21 November 2009. The production was staged by the Prologue Theatre Company and performed at the North Lakeside Cultural Center [6219 N. Sheridan Avenue in Chicago].
• • On Saturday, 21 November 2009 • •
• • On Saturday, 21 November 2009, "Operation Mae West" was conducted at Mui Woo Helipad. Numerous pictures were taken on this date by the Hong Kong Air Cadet Corps.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Yeah, the [flotation] jacket idea is all right and I can't imagine anything better than to bring you boys of the RAF soft and happy landings. But what I'd like to know about that life-saving jacket is — — has it got shapely shoulders?
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article in Australia discussed Mae West.
• • "Mae West May Visit Australia" • •
• • Sydney, Tuesday — Negotiations to bring Mae West to Australia for the production of "Catherine Was Great" and "Diamond Lil" may fail because she demands £3,000 a week.
• • Other obstacles include transport.
• • The Director of the Tivoli Circuit (Mr. David Martin) who visited Hollywood recently said Mae West was a lovely person who neither smoked nor drank. If negotiations were satisfactorily completed, she would arrive in Australia about this time next year.
• • Source: Article: "Mae West May Visit Australia" in The Canberra Times (page 2); published on Wednesday, 21 November 1945
By the Numbers • •
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