Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Mae West: Robert Tafur

MAE WEST starred in "Come On Up" and Robert Tafur was in the cast in October 1946 when the comedy was staged in Philadelphia at the Walnut Street Theatre and elsewhere. Mae's character was Carliss Dale and Robert Tafur originated the role of Ramon Rodriguez.
• • The long-running play was directed by Russell Fillmore and produced by the Shuberts. Their booking in Philly was part of a national tour that continued into 1947.
• • Mae West and her cast toured cross-country, opening on 20 May 1946 at the Oakland Auditorium (Oakland, California) and, finally, bringing down the curtain on 22 February 1947 at the Biltmore Theatre (Los Angeles, California).
• • Robert Tafur [30 September 1915 — 6 June 2005] • •
• • Born in Litano, Colombia on 30 September 1915 was a sweet-faced boy named Robert Tafur. When he was 28 years old, he turned up in Tiinseltown. He had the chance to be in six feature films before Mae West selected him to tour in "Come On Up" with her.
• • From 1943 — 1981, Tafur was cast as an actor in 25 motion pictures and 28 guest-starring roles on TV.  Casting agents usually assigned him the role of a Latino —— a priest, gaucho, or other character.  He was also used in bit roles as a trooper, policeman, military leader, doctor. spy, telegrapher, or in an ethnic role as an Arab or East Indian.
• • Robert Tafur closed out his silver screen sojourn playing an old priest in the low-budget horror flick "Evilspeak" [1981].  One of his castmates was DeForest Covan, who was seen as a dancer in "Every Day's a Holiday" [1937] starring Mae West.
• • Robert Tafur died in Los Angeles, California on Monday, 6 June 2005. He was 89.
• • On Tuesday, 4 June 1935 • •
• • Mae West was the cover girl for the French publication Midinette Journal Illustrate. Issue # 425 was dated for Tuesday, 4 June 1935. Oooh-la-la.
• • On Tuesday, 4 June 1940 in Look Magazine • •
• • The popular magazine Look featured Mae West, Greta Garbo, and Lana Turner in their issue dated for Tuesday, 4 June 1940.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I wash my face with bottled water and good Castile soap."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article in New Jersey mentioned Mae West in 1952.
• • "Mae West — Summer Theatre to Open Monday" • •
• • Raritan Township enjoyed seeing Mae West star for the first two weeks of June in the stage play "Sextet" and, following close on its heels, was "Come On Up — Ring Twice!" Here's the beginning of the press clipping from Raritan Township and Fords Beacon.
• • Princeton, NJ — Herbert Kenwith, producer-director of The Princeton Summer Theatre, will present Mae West in "Come On Up — Ring Twice!" as the gala opening attraction of his sixth season at the New Jersey playhouse for one week beginning on Monday night, June 23 through Saturday night, June 28, 1952.  ...
• • Source: Article: "Mae West — Summer Theatre to Open Monday" in Raritan Township and Fords Beacon;  published on Thursday, 19 June 1952
• • By the Numbers • • 
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