Friday, January 04, 2013

Mae West: Proper Protection

Jerry Orbach recalled that his first troupe mates, in summer stock at the Chevy Chase Playhouse in Wheeling, Illinois, were MAE WEST, Vincent Price, and January baby John Ireland [30 January 1914 — 21 March 1992]. 
• • It was 1952 and Orbach had just graduated from high school, wrote David Hiltbrand for Knight-Ridder on Sunday, 4 January 2004.
• • Jerry Orbach [20 October 1935 — 28 December 2004] was not onstage with these notables, however. The 17-year-old was hired to be an apprentice, a general factotum. Orbach remembered:  "My first job in summer stock, right out of Waukegan High School, the director handed me the keys to his 1947 Cadillac and told me to pick up Mae West, who was touring in ‘Come On Up, Ring Twice.' When the run was over, she tossed me a $100 bill. It was like four weeks' pay. I was making $25 a week, so it was the most money I'd ever had."
• • On Tuesday, 4 January 1938 in Los Angeles Herald Examiner • •
• • ... the only proper protection ... • •
• • The Los Angeles Herald Examiner used to run a "Views and Reviews" column. It was on Tuesday, 4 January 1938 that readers noticed a short item deriding Mae West: "The name of Mae West — — much more of a miss than a hit — — has been banned from use on its radio programs by the National Broadcasting Company. Such action is the only proper protection for the homes of decent American citizens. ..." Startling, eh?
• • During January 1938 • •
• • In early January 1938, The New York Times jumped into this debate as well. Their headline was "Mae West Script Brings Sharp Rebuke From FCC; NBC Is Censured for 'Vulgar' Broadcast of 'Adam and Eve'" and the article ran on page 59.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "But above all, you've gotta have a certain something."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article in Westfield Republican mentioned Mae West.
• • Westfield Republican wrote: Out of the past came none other than the inimitable Mae West, portrayed by guest impersonator Alice O'Grady, to tell a bit of her experiences at a recent Westfield-Mayville Rotary Club meeting.
• • Westfield Republican wrote: No one thought it unusual to welcome a "woman known by all" for her outspoken view of life. For instance, someone said to her as she was introduced, "Goodness, Ms. West, your diamonds are so beautiful." O'Grady responded as West, "Goodness had nothing to do with it, Dearie." That was Mae West.
• • Westfield Republican wrote: Mae West lived her life as she pleased, particularly during the Roaring Twenties, when life was rather free and unrestricted. One of her greatest shows was on Broadway in the hit, "Diamond Lil," which was full of double entendres. ...
• • Source: Article: "Rotary hears from SUNY Fredonia’s first female president, holds annual dinner" for Westfield Republican; posted on Wednesday, 2 January 2013
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2536th 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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