Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Mae West: Edmund Eysler

MAE WEST was cast in "Vera Violetta," a musical that opened on 20 November 1911 at the Winter Garden Theatre when she first worked with music-makers Harold Atteridge and Edmund Eysler.
• • Much of the score was prepared by composer Edmund Eysler who was born in Vienna in the month of March.
• • Edmund Eysler [12 March 1874 — 4 October 1949] • •
• • Born in Austria,  Edmund Samuel Eysler was a prolific composer who wrote 60 operettas. The fascinating inspiration for his music was the local folklore he had grown up with, therefore, he is better known among German speaking people than Americans.
• • From 1905 — 1916, he was composing for Broadway musicals such as "The Rollicking Girl," "The Florist Shop," "Vera Violetta," "The Woman Haters," etc.
• • Edmund Eysler accidentally fell from the stage, which caused his death in Vienna on 4 October 1949. He was 75.
• • Mildred Katherine West [8 December 1898 — 12 March 1982] • •
• • In the month of March, we honor Mae's younger sister Beverly.
• • In March 1924, Variety noted a new act listed on Manhattan's stagebill: "Beverly West and Co., Piano and Singing." While not mentioning that she was Mae West's sister, Variety's reviewer admitted that "she puts over her numbers acceptably." Proctor's East 58th Street location had engaged Beverly and her musicians in 1924. Back in 1895, F.F. Proctor had built his playhouse, Proctor's Pleasure Palace Palm Gardens, on 154 East 58th Street, New York, NY in midtown on the eastside [now zipcode 10022]. During the same interval (mid-March in 1924), Mae West was trouping in vaudeville in Texas.
• • Born in Brooklyn on Thursday, 8 December 1898, Beverly changed her stage name a few times. She was Beverly Osborne, then it was Beverly Arden.
• • Under the stage name "Beverly Arden" she has this onscreen credit in the IMDb "Gala der Schallplatte," a TV movie from 1967 or "Gala of the record." Accurate?  Can anyone verify that Mae's sister was in this?
• • Afflicted with polio and a limp, Beverly favored long dresses that covered her imperfect legs. Beverly died two years after her older sister on Friday, 12 March 1982. She was 83.
• • On Thursday, 12 March 1936 in The N.Y. Times • •
• • The reviewer for The N.Y. Times Frank S. Nugent was aware of the uproar from the Hays Office that delayed Mae's latest motion picture. Nugent wrote: Mae West's "Klondike Annie" really does not merit the agitation it has caused. His comments appeared in The N.Y. Times on Thursday, 12 March 1936.
• • On Saturday, 15 March 2008 • •
• • On Saturday, March 15, 2008 a British paper The Spectator featured a new book: "Heroes: From Alexander the Great to Mae West." We have no complaints with such a grand title.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Sex is an emotion in motion."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article by a depressive cleric mentioned Mae West.
• • "Vicar and Mae West" • •
• • Mae West was compared with Einstein by the Rev. Dr. F. Townley Lord of Bloomsbury Central Church, at Wealdstone, England, recently. He said: "If you are a Mae West or a Carnera you will probably die worth thousands, if an Einstein — — poor. What is the good of Mae West's face when she is dead?" ...
• • Source: News Item in Albany Advertiser; published on Thursday, 25 April 1935
• • By the Numbers • • 
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