• • Cyril Ring [5 December 1892 — 17 July 1967] • •
• • Born in Boston on Wednesday, 5 December 1892, Cyril Ring was the kid brother of actress Blanche Ring [1871 — 1961]. Before you go and say, "So what?" you ought to know that Blanche was the aunt of Eddie Sutherland, who directed Mae West in "Every Day's a Holiday." Blanche's husband was Charles Winninger. No surprise that he got a quick lift into an opportunity, eh?
• • By 1921, during the silent era, Cyril Ring was playing supporting roles onscreen. He kept active in Tinseltown for 30 years, attached to 403 motion pictures between 1921 — 1951 but he never scored the golden ring on Hollywood's carousel. Instead he was accorded the dusty prize in the highway: numerous modest paychecks for taking part in the numbing piddly diddly routine of a bit parts player. Ring was the fellow you briefly noticed as a party guest, passenger, croupier, gambler, waiter, diplomat, and (again and again) the reporter. This movieland marathon ended with his turn as the headwaiter in "Iron Man" , after which he placed his headshots in a drawer and retired.
• • Cyril Ring died in Hollywood on 17 July 1967. He was 74.
• • On Sunday, 21 December 1969 • •
• • "Too Much of a Good Thing Can Be Wonderful" ran the headline of a lengthy piece on Mae West in the L.A. Times's Sunday magazine section called West. It was published on 21 December 1969 and quoted her tips on staying youthful and living a happy life.
• • On Wednesday, 21 December 1994 in London • •
• • Christie's held a "Film and Entertainment" mid-week auction in London on Wednesday, 21 December 1994.
• • Among the rare items were five photos of Mae West as part of "Lot Description: Film Stars."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Asked if she liked clothing by Christian Dior, Mae West said: "I think Dior looks good on Dior."
• • Mae West said: "If you need a face job, why not?"
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about Bullock's mentioned Mae West.
• • Unfortunately, the journalist gives no explanation why Mae West shopped from her car window so (sigh) it's left to us to clarify. The deterioration of her eyesight was a sensitive subject. Mae did not want to discuss her failing vision with reporters nor did she want to arrange to shop privately, after hours, only to have her fumbles and difficulties noticed by staff and whispered back to a gossip columnist. Okay, here's the excerpt.
• • Hadley Meares wrote: Guests drove through a wrought iron gate into a painted porte-cochere, where valets whisked their cars away to be parked. One particularly eccentric customer, legendary entertainer Mae West, preferred to shop from her car, causing busy shop girls to run to and fro with big-busted dresses and long minks. ...
• • Source: Article: "The Grandeur of Bullock's Wilshire Tea Room" written by Hadley Meares for kcet.org; posted on Tuesday, 18 December 2012
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2522nd 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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