Friday, April 12, 2013

Mae West: Reg Allen

British Set Designer Reg Allen had the privilege of working on two motion pictures starring MAE WEST
• • Reg Allen [12 April 1917 — 30 March 1989] • •
• • Born in Wolverhampton, England on Thursday, 12 April 1917 was a sweet boy named Reginald Louvain Allen.  Trained in the UK, he began working in Tinseltown when he was 46 and his first credit as Set Decorator was for "The Pink Panther" [1963]; in the cast was the gorgeous European beauty Capucine [1928 — 1990], who was brought to Hollywood to study acting under Gregory Ratoff, a longtime colleague of Mae West.
• • Reginald Allen was responsible for the elaborate sets you've seen in both "Myra Breckinridge" [1970] and "Sextette" [1978], so it looks like Mae made a solid connection with the talented Brit in 1970.
• • Between 1963 — 1980, Reggie was assigned to 17 feature films and four TV projects. His last splash on the silver screen was "10" [1981] and his last TV movie was done for  Paramount Television. When he retired at age 63, he decided to stay in California.
• • Reg Allen died in Laguna Beach, California on Thursday, 30 March 1989. He was 72.
• • On Saturday, 12 April 1930 • •
• • The Wall Street crash in 1929 destroyed the financial security of many families in the entertainment industry. Broadway star Mae West entertained in New York City at the Give-a-Job Benefit on Saturday, 12 April 1930 with many other well-known performers.
• • On Friday, 12 April 1935 • •
• • "Mae West Approves Decency Campaign" was an article that was syndicated on Friday, 12 April 1935. Mae's comments may surprise some of you and this article will be featured in an upcoming post.
• • On Tuesday, 12 April 1949 • •
• • Mae West was at the Park Central Hotel on Seventh Avenue (between West 55th — 56th Streets) in Manhattan on Tuesday, 12 April 1949. News reporters interviewed the actress in her suite.
• • Book Talk in April 1959 • •
• • In April 1959, Mae West told a Hollywood columnist that her autobiography would be published in the autumn — — and its title was going to be "Empress of Sex."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I never understood drinking. It isn't good for your looks, and it cuts down on what you are. I never wanted to cut down on what I am."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Mamie Van Doren [born on 6 February 1933] mentioned Mae West.
• • Mamie Van Doren said: Sex symbols defy definition. I have often tried to define it myself. A sex symbol becomes a code for everyone's erotic fantasy. These codes are very perishable in popular culture. For every Jean Harlow, Mae West, or Marilyn Monroe there are scores of girls (and boys) who never made the cut. If a sex symbol can survive more than a few years, they are very powerful. I am flattered to still be thought of in such a way. ...
• • Source: Interview: "DISHing With Mamie Van Doren" by Donald D'Haene for the HuffPost; posted on Monday, 25 March 2013
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2626th 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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  1. Anonymous7:31 AM

    Lois Jesson's career did not end after of "Diamond Lil" She married Wendell Holmes and then worked under the name of Lois Holmes.
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  2. • • Very interesting. Thank you.