• • The native New Yorker was excited about having a second chance to work with Mae. In 1933, Mortimer participated in the famous courtroom scene of "I'm No Angel."
• • Edmund Mortimer [21 August 1874 — 21 May 1944] • •
• • Born in New York City on Friday, 21 August 1874, Edmund Mortimer Olson had a front-row view of the burgeoning entertainment scene of his era. At the age of 40, he became a character actor. During his early 40s, he scored a few supporting roles in silent films but his value to the casting agents was invariably as a reliable walk-on. When talkies became the industry standard, Mortimer morphed into the ship's passenger, stateroom guest, dance extra, party guest, spectator, night club patron, juryman, observer, fashion show extra, and occasionally a more interesting minor morsel.
• • From 1918 — 1928, Edmund Mortimer was the director for 23 silent films working with Columbia Pictures, Fox Films, and others. Many of these titles are now lost, alas.
• • A career high point arrived in 1923 when Mortimer co-wrote a script and directed "The Broad Road," a Western.
• • Edmund Mortimer stayed active into his late sixties. He played a New Year's Eve Party Patron in "Incendiary Blonde" , a bio-pic based on the life of boisterous entertainer Texas Guinan; Mae was friends with Tex during her long reign as New York's Queen of the Night Clubs.
• • His final film credit was as an Opera House Patron and Saratoga Park Hotel Guest in "Saratoga Trunk" . On the set he encountered several castmates who had all the privilege of working with Mae West: Adrienne D'Ambricourt, Hank Bell, Al Bridge, Lane Chandler, Gino Corrado, William B. Davidson, Dick Elliott, Al Ferguson, Edward Hearn, George Reed, Bob Reeves, and Larry Steers.
• • Employed until the very end in the movie business, Edmund Mortimer died in Los Angeles, California in May — — on Sunday, 21 May 1944. He was 69.
• • On Monday, 21 May 1973 in Variety • •
• • A brief item appeared in Variety on Monday, 21 May 1973. Mae West mentioned she was writing a new book "Sex Drive," that would include real names and be largely autobiographical.
• • On Thursday, 21 May 1992 • •
• • The paperback version of "Mae West: Empress of Sex" by Maurice Leonard was released on Thursday, 21 May 1992.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "When I was a kid, Freud wasn't there to explain."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article in Australia mentioned Mae West.
• • "Inflation Hit Mae West" • •
• • Minneapolis, Tuesday — Vaudeville performer, Evelyn West, claims that "inflationary pressure has forced her to increase the insurance on her bosom to 100,000 dollars — £44,643."
• • Miss Mae West, publicised as the "girl with the 50,000 dollars treasure chest," now holds a policy for that amount from Lloyds of London.
• • Source: News Item: The Canberra Times; published on Wednesday, 21 May 1952
• • By the Numbers • •
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