Sunday, December 09, 2012

Mae West: Arthur Lee Foster

MAE WEST starred in "Klondike Annie" [1936] and Art Foster played a minor role.
• • Art Foster [7 February 1919 — 9 December 2008] • •
• • Born in Riverside, California as Arthur Lee Foster on 7 February 1919, the teenager was in front of the camera at 17 doing his first bit as a missionary in "Klondike Annie."
• • From 1936 — 1950, he was in 45 feature films. Over a period of 14 years, he never rose above the level of a bit parts player. Usually he wore military garb onscreen or the uniform of a chauffeur, constable, customs guard, or cop. Casting agents called on him when they needed an aggressive type: an axeman or maybe a fighter or wrestler.
• • At the age of 31, Art Foster left the movie business and went on with his life.
• • Art Foster died in San Antonio, Texas on Tuesday, 9 December 2008. He was 89.
• • Curtis Cooksey [9 December 1891 — 19 April 1962] • •
• • On 19 April 1962, Curtis Cooksey, who had co-starred with Mae in "Diamond Lil" [1928], and had created the leading man role of the handsome Captain Cummings during the play's maiden voyage on Broadway, committed suicide. Charismatic Curtis Cooksey, who was born on Wednesday, 9 December 1891 in Indiana, had contracted cancer and decided to do away with himself. He was 70.
• • On Wednesday, 9 December 1936 • •
• • The Evening News printed an article about the legal proceedings between Mae West and her former husband Frank Wallace on 9 December 1936.
• • In December 1957 • •
• • In December 1957, Mae West announced she was working on her autobiography "Queen of Sex." The movie queen hinted that it would be full of stories about Jayne Mansfield and Mickey Hargitay. (Spoiler alert: it wasn't.)
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "I never think about age. I'm health-minded. If you take care of your health and you're interested in positive thinkin' you'll be o.k." 
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A book on theatre mentioned Mae West.
• • George Jean Nathan wrote: If the innocent bystander is not driven to forsake Art and marry Mae West on the spot after vainly trying to make head or tail out of such literary dialect, I am the wrong candidate for Secretary of Culture and they had better start looking around for another man at once. ...   
• • Source: The Theatre Book of 1945 — 1946 written by George Jean Nathan; his impressions were recorded on 20 November 1945 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2510th 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.
 
• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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