Friday, June 14, 2013

Mae West: Cliff Edwards

"The Mimic World," a musical revue MAE WEST performed in, opened on Wednesday, 17 August 1921 at the Century Promenade Roof on Central Park West at West 62nd Street.  One of her castmates was Cliff Edwards, who portrayed Jeff.
• • Cliff Edwards [14 June 1895 — 17 July 1971] • •
• • Born in Hannibal, Missouri in the month of June — — on Friday, 14 June 1895 — — Clifton A. Edwards began his versatile career by performing in neighborhood saloons. He soon became aware that a tavern's piano was often out-of-tune so he looked for an instrument to play instead of needing accompaniment. The ukelele quickly became his reliable comrade in variety. In 1919, Cliff Edwards ventured into the world of home entertainment when he made his first phonograph record. By 1922, he was recording his unique style of jazz scat vocals; the next year he was under contract to Pathé Records.
• • In addition to appearing in "The Mimic World" with Mae West and others, he did voice-overs for animated features.  He was, for instance, was the voice of Jiminy Cricket in Disney's "Pinocchio," a favorite cartoon personality. As an actor, Edwards also had minor roles onscreen.
• • Cliff Edwards died in Los Angeles, California on Saturday, 17 July 1971. He was 76.
• • On Friday, 14 June 1991 in T.L.S. • •
• • An article "The invention of Mae West" written by Graham McCann was published in The Times Literary Supplement, No. 4602, issue dated for Friday, 14 June 1991.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "What I did was make fun of sex lightly."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Headlines on June 14th read: "Mae West Cagey in Tiff With Lawyer."
• • This article was circulated nationally.
• • Los Angeles, Calif. 14 June 1938 — When lawyer Joseph Rosen asked screen siren Mae West to "come up" and give a deposition explaining how much Paramount Studios paid her for screen rights to "Diamond Lil" and other questions prefacing the $1,000,000 suit playwright Mark Linder has filed against her, Mae simply had nothing to say. Lawyer Rosen raged and stormed and even threatened Miss West with contempt of court, but to no avail. She was silent on Linder's claims that on a 50-50 agreement with Mae, he is entitled to more than the $12,500 that he has already received from the screening of her first movie, "She Done Him Wrong." ...
• • Source: Article printed in syndication in various newspapers on Tuesday, 14 June 1938 
• • By the Numbers • • 
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