Saturday, March 02, 2013

Mae West: Oooh, Oscar!

MAE WEST and Oscar Wilde [1854 — 1900]. No, they never met. The plucky Brooklynite was only 7 years old when the 46-year-old dramatist died of cerebral meningitis in Paris.
• • Ah, but what if the world had shifted on its axis, permitting these two to be closer in age, to date, to couple, and to bring forth twins.  That is the deliciously mad conceit behind "The Mae Wilde and Oscar West Show" which is on the boards at the Adelaide Fringe 2013. The show will open at Ensalada at The Union Pavilion on Saturday, 2 March 2013. This stage comedy can also be seen during the fringe fest on various dates this month between March 6th and March 15th. We wish these brave Australian thespians all the best    .
• • Tell them you heard about it on the Mae West Blog.
• • On Sunday, 2 March 1913 in NYC • •
• • It was on Sunday, 2 March 1913 that Mae West began a one week booking at Hammerstein's Victoria in the theatre district on West 42nd Street and Seventh Avenue.
• • On Wednesday, 2 March 1927 in Variety • •
• • More details about the February 9th raid at Daly's Theatre on Broadway, and the political punching behind it were explained in Variety Magazine in their issue dated Wednesday, 2 March 1927.
• • Dated for Wednesday, 2 March 1927 • •
• • Auctioned off in 2002 was a Bowery and East River National Bank check for Moral Producing Corporation, dated 2 March 1927, made out to Harold Spielberg for the sum of $500.00, signed in black ink by Mae West. Note that Mae West was signing in her capacity as (yes) President of the (ahem) "Moral Producing Corporation." Don't you love it?
• • Dated for Monday, 2 March 1936 • •
• • Will Hays and Joseph Breen continued to exchange letters regarding disputes over "Klondike Annie" and Breen wrote again to Hays on Monday, 2 March 1936. This censorship file must weigh a ton.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I'll match my private life with any woman's."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Film Daily mentioned Mae West.
• • "Demon Jinx Strikes!" • •
• • The Film Daily is advised: Not one jinx, but two, too many, are pursuing the anniversary stage show at the New York Paramount theater.   First, Mae West cancelled her booking over a disagreement, then Don Baker, organist, contracted appendicitis, then Paul Draper dancer, quit the show, and finally Jack Powell, drummer, fell off the platform into a sick bed.  ... 
• • [N.B.: Mae West had tried to wiggle out of this commitment first by telling Paramount she was sick in bed and under a doctor's care. No doubt there is more to this story.]
• • Source: News Item: The Film Daily; published on Friday, 20 November 1936
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2593rd 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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