Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Mae West: Bio-Musical

In 1933 MAE WEST worked with the versatile actress Hattie McDaniel.
• • After years as a radio and vaudeville performer, Kansas native Hattie McDaniel [10 June 1895 — 26 October 1952] began her film career in the early 1930s playing bit parts such as Marlene Dietrich's servant in "Blonde Venus" [1932] — — and one of Mae West's jovial maids in "I'm No Angel" [1933].
• • You have a few more days to catch the bio-musical “Hattie…What I Need You To Know!” — — a solo show written and performed by Vickilyn Reynolds. Her script commemorates the versatile woman who worked with Mae West and who won an Oscar in 1940 for her performance in "Gone with the Wind" as Mammy.  This show was seen in NYC's Harlem and Denver before wending its way to the Hollywood area.
• • When: Fridays, Saturdays, 8 pm; Sundays, 3 pm. Continues till 3 February 2013.
• • Where: Elephant Stages, 6322 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles.
• • On Sunday, 30 January 2011 in Germany • •
• • On 29 — 30 January 2011, the Mae West sculpture at Effnerplatz (in Munich, Germany) had its final assembly.
• • On Sunday, 30 January 2011 in Florida • •
• • Words of Mae West come to life in “The Drag • •
• • Orlando-based columnist Dawnn Behrens wrote this for Examiner.com: Originally written in 1926, the words of Mae West come to life in “The Drag” tonight [on January 30th] at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center (Studio B). Directors Michael Wanzie, John DiDonna and their group received permission from the estate of the late Mae West to present the show. It will be present tonight as the last night of an exclusive 2 night performance as part of their “Dangerous Plays Series Giving breath to dissenting voices” series. . . .
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "My mother tried in every way to understand me, and she succeeded. It was this deep, loving understanding as long as she lived that more than anything else helped and sustained me on my way to success."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Straits Times in Singapore mentioned Mae West.
• • "Lord Byng at a Mae West Tea-Party — Star Will Be In London For Jubilee Celebration."
• • Lord Byng and Lady Byng joined Mae West for tea and tried to butter her up with some friendly persuasion. The Straits Times in Singapore ran an article with all the particulars on page 6 on Wednesday, 30 January 1935.
• • The NYC newsman wrote: "Miss West entertained Lord and Lady Byng at tea in her dressing room at Paramount Pictures. She soon put her guests at their ease with a few simple Westisms." ...
• • Before he left, Lord Byng suggested that she should come to London. "Sure," said Miss West. "It would fascinate me." ...
• • "Tea began formally but Miss West soon broke the ice," the journalist noted.
• • Source: Article: "Lord Byng at a Mae West Tea-Party — Star Will Be in London for Jubilee Celebration" printed in The Straits Times; published on Wednesday, 30 January 1935
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2562nd 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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