Friday, December 07, 2012

Mae West: Boudoir

An amusing interview with MAE WEST was published on Tuesday, 7 December 1954.
• • The Albuquerque Tribune reporter wrote: The occasion was Mae's opening night at the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas. This is her second engagement there in three months. ... A Sahara spokesman discloses that "she is the spot's Number One draw" and, oddly enough, draws more women than men. Mae at 61 is the greatest ego booster for mature women since the invention of the panty girdle. ...
• • Source: Interview: "Reporter Visits Mae West's Boudoir" written for the Albuquerque Tribune; published on Tuesday, 7 December 1954.
• • Huntley Gordon [8 October 1887 — 7 December 1956] • •
• • Born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on 8 October 1887, Huntley Gordon came into the world and had a brisk career in finance before he decided he'd rather entertain.  Shortly before World War I, he joined stock companies, and then was cast in a Broadway play in 1914. Through his friendships with New York City stage folk, he met the bosses at Vitagraph.
• • By 1916, the trim six-footer was playing leading and supporting roles in silent movies, cast with fellows who would be seen opposite Mae West a decade later — — such as Conway Tearle and William B. Davidson.  From 1916 — 1941, the Canadian actor participated in 132 feature films, though his parts gradually became more modest.  By the time Huntley Gordon was seen in "Klondike Annie" [1936] opposite Mae West, he was there doing an uncredited bit as Clinton Reynolds. In contrast, Conway Tearle was seen in the same motion picture as Vance Palmer, a co-starring role.
• • A heart attack at his residence in Van Nuys, California turned the lights out on Friday, 7 December 1956.  He was 69.
• • On Tuesday, 7 December 1954 • •
• • Several news outlets covered Mae West's bookings of the successful "Mae West Revue" in Las Vegas and other major cities.
• • One fellow wrote: Mae West gave me that famous glance and said, "Let's have the interview in the bedroom so you can tell your grandchildren how you spent an hour in Mae West's boudoir . . . ummm, taking notes."  Mae stretched herself on the bed while she talked to me. Now only a real square could take notes under such circumstances.
• • On Friday, 7 December 1973 in Colorado • •
• • Mae West was in Telluride for a special ski area dedication gala that took place from December 7 — 10, 1973.
• • On Tuesday, 7 December 1993 • •
• • "The Mae West Murder Case" (208 pages) was published by St. Martin's on Tuesday, 7 December 1993. George Baxt wrote it.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I've never seen any of Marilyn Monroe's movies but she's probably a sweet kid."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
 • • An article about Hollywood mentioned Mae West.
• • Film Daily's East Coast columnist Ralph Wilk wrote: Hollywood — Mae West, who makes her screen debut in "Night After Night," and Roscoe Karns have been given Paramount contracts. ...
• • Source: Article: "Paramount Signs Three" printed in The Film Daily; published on Tuesday, 4 October 1932 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2508th 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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