Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Mae West: Philippe Halsman

In 1948 Philippe Halsman photographed MAE WEST signing autographs for the Cub Scouts in Los Angeles, reminding the kiddies to "come back when you're 21." This amusing portrait appeared in Life Magazine.
• • How young were these Mae mavens?  A Cub Scout, a registered male member of the Boy Scouts of America, is six to ten years of age.
• • Philippe Halsman [2 May 1906 — 25 June 1979] • •
• • Nationally, the news racks on 18 April 1969 held the hot-off-the-presses issue of Life Magazine with Mae West front and center [1969 cover price: 40 cents].
• • Mae was photographed for Life Magazine by the 63-year-old lensman Philippe Halsman, who was born in Latvia on 2 May 1906. Aided by his friend Albert Einstein, Halsman emigrated to the United States. A portrait he took of the scientist became a US postage stamp in 1966.
• • In 1942, Halsman began working with Life Magazine. His portrait of a model wearing a Lily Daché hat was his first of the many covers he would do for the prominent nationally popular weekly.
• • On Monday, 25 June 1979, Halsman died in New York City.
• • Mae West Trivia • • 
• • The character Mae West says: You ain't in the Boy Scouts. This is real life.
• • Source: "The Mad Dog Blues" — a stage play by Sam Shepard.
• • On Wednesday, 12 June 1946 • •
• • The Schuberts wanted to land "Come On Up" starring Mae West on Broadway, after her regional tour. They promoted this show with a full page of warm-hearted local reviews in Variety, in the issue dated for Wednesday, 12 June 1946.
• • On Saturday, 12 June 2004 • •
• • Paul Bush screened his various short subjects throughout May 2005 in London at the Curzon Cinema. A one-minute hat-tip to Mae was recorded on Beta: "Busby Berkeley's Tribute to Mae West" [2002] — — as imagined by director Paul Bush.  This playful short was first released in the USA on Saturday, 12 June 2004.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "Every woman has good beauty points, and others not so good. The  secret is to take advantage of what is good and get along with the bad."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Mail mentioned Mae West.
• • "When Marriage Is a Gamble for Stars — — Case of Mae West" • •
• • The Mail wrote: Hollywood is still wondering what effect Mae West's surprise marriage announcement will have on her following. It is not always disastrous for a star to spring news of a hidden marriage on the public, but it is always a gamble.
• • The Mail continued: There is a somewhat delicate angle connected with Mae's admisison thai she did marry Frank Wallace, vaudevillian, in 1911. She was so vehement in her denials that Wallace's claims were fraudulent that for two years her admirers rallied staunchly to her defence, indignant because they thought she was the victim of a hoax. Her own press agent nearly fainted it is said, when she admitted that the news of her marriage was true. Looking back over the record of stars who have sprung similar surprises on their public, it appears that the public is willing to forgive if it has not been too flagrantly hoaxed. ...
• • The Mail explained: George Raft kept his marriage (it happened 14 years ago) quiet when he went to Hollywood, but when the truth came out his career was not in the least affected. ...
• • The Mail added: Still, it is very, very difficult in visualise Mae West, Hollywood's bachelor girl, as a matron of 26 years' standing. ...
• • Source: Article: The Mail (Adelaide); published on Saturday, 27 November 1937
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2669th 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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