Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Mae West: Jorge Moreno

MAE WEST starred in "Sextette" [1978], her last movie, and Jorge Moreno was part of the hotel's kitchen staff in the screenplay.
• • Jorge Moreno [? — 10 April 1992] • •
• • From 1958 — 1983, Jorge Moreno was cast in 13 motion pictures, occasionally in a featured role, and participated in 25 projects on national television.
• • Jorge Moreno began his cinema career with a minor turn as Pancho in "The Badlanders" [1958]; on the set he met cast mate Almira Sessions, who had worked with Mae West in "The Heat Is On" [1943].
• • With his straight black hair, formidable mustache, swarthy complexion, jowls, and heavy-set physique, he was cast in parts that either called for a Latino character or a Spanish speaker.
• • Jorge Moreno played the Spanish Kitchen Chef In Mae West's final screen outing "Sextette." Moreno's own farewell to his fans would come five years later in the Spanish language adventure drama "El Norte" [1983] filmed in California and in Mexico; Moreno was accorded a credited role as Old Man on Bus.
• • Jorge Moreno died on Friday, 10 April 1992. It is not known how old he was but if you have more details, do drop us a line, please.
• • On Tuesday, 10 April 1928 in The N.Y. Times • •
• • The New York Times reported on "Diamond Lil" on Tuesday, 10 April 1928 on page 32. The review carried this headline "'DIAMOND LIL' IS LURID AND OFTEN STIRRING" and a sub-title "Mae West's Melodrama at the Royale Suffers From a Bad Third Act."
• • Despite the caveat about the last act, there was praise. The critic from The Times noted: "Miss West has a fine and direct way of approaching that subject" — — i.e., sex — — "that is almost Elizabethan. If you can stay in the theatre, you are likely to enjoy it."
• • Opposite the coverage on page 33 was a small advertisement for the play at the Royale Theatre.
• • Until 10 April 1977 • •
• • The Salvador Dali artwork "Mae West's Face which May be Used as a Surrealist Apartment, 1934 — 1935" was on display in Philadelphia at the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania during an exhibition called "Improbable Furniture."
• • The month-long exhibit ran from 10 March 1977 until 10 April 1977.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "It's time someone in Hollywood — — speaking very frankly — — showed what is known as intestinal fortitude. They threaten us in the picture colony under penalty of having acid thrown in our face. And they don't stop at acid threats either. They threaten to kill. It's time someone called their hand. And if it has to be me, I'll do it."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Bloomberg News mentioned Mae West.
• • Bloomberg News wrote: "Mae West had it right: 'Too much of a good thing can be wonderful,' Warren Buffett wrote in his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders on March 1, referring to the late Hollywood actress and comedienne." ...
• • Source: Bloomberg News; published during March 2013 
• • By the Numbers • • 
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