Saturday, January 12, 2013

Mae West: Singapore Showing

It was Sunday, 12 January 1936, and The Straits Times was letting their readers in Singapore know where to find MAE WEST.
• • The Alhambra movie house was showing "Now I'm a Lady," starring Mae West and billed as a "comedy romance." Showtimes were 6:15 and 9:15 in the evening.
• • Texas Guinan [12 January 1884 — 5 November 1933] • •
• • Born in Waco, Texas during the month of January, Mary Louise Cecilia "Texas" Guinan played a gun-slinger and rode bareback in silent films, took New York by storm in 1906, and earned a salary of $700,000 as a speakeasy hostess. The versatile stage star led a noisy and joyful life at full speed until 5 November 1933. She was 49 when she died. One month later, Prohibition was repealed.
• • In "Courting Mae West," Texas Guinan's counterpart TEXAS GUINAN is witty, confident, stylish, wealthy, and diamond draped; as MAE WEST observes, being together means "basking in the glow of your investment grade jewelry."
• • A good friend to Mae West who invested in "Diamond Lil" and Mae's other Broadway shows, Texas also held seances with her. We fondly remember the one and only Queen of the Night Clubs on her birthday.
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• • On Saturday, 12 January 1929 • •
• • "Diamond Lil" was staged at the Royale Theatre in New York City on 9 April 1928 and closed on Saturday night, 12 January 1929 after 323 performances.
• • On Thursday, 12 January 1933 • •
• • At the time, this headline surprised industry insiders: "Skipworth Replaces Mae West in Paramount Cast." 
• • The Hollywood Reporter wrote:  Alison Skipworth will be featured with Mary Boland in "Don't Call Me Madame" by Paramount, instead of Mae West as previously intended.
• • Source: The Hollywood Reporter, "Today's Film News Today"; published on Thursday, 12 January 1933.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "The ideal man — — no, there's no such thing. No man is perfect. And if he were perfect, he'd be uninteresting."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A gossip column mentioned Mae West.
• • The Film Daily wrote: More Passing Show: William Morris, Jr., Murray Feil [a Hollywood representative of the William Morris office], William Perlberg, Albert G. Ruben, Moss Hart, Harold Hecht, Bert Marx, Alexander Hall, Frankie Eastman, Arthur Lubin at Mae West's Paramount party. ...
• • Source: The Film Daily from 1932 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2544th 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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