MAE WEST will celebrate her 120th birthday next month and events have been organized. The first one takes place in downtown Manhattan at the New York Public Library.
• • Save the Date: Monday, August 12th • •
• • Monday, 12 August 2013 will be the next Mae West Tribute in Manhattan and this entertaining and informative afternoon affair will start at 4:00 pm in Greenwich Village. Again this year Mae-mavens will enjoy an indoor event (ahhh, air conditioning), a multi-media presentation with music, and attendees will be seated.
• • Where: The Auditorium of Hudson Branch Library, 66 Leroy Street, New York, NY 10014; Tel. (212) 243-6876. Please note: this spacious room is on the lower level and the building is not accessible to wheelchairs.
• • When: Monday, 12 August 2013 from 4:00pm — 5:45pm. Attendees can select a seat starting at 3:45pm [open seating].
• • Who: Actress Darlene Violette reads from the novel "Diamond Lil" written by Mae West and published in New York by The Macauley Company in 1932. Ms. Violette, clad in period costume, will sing songs performed by Mae in "She Done Him Wrong" [Paramount Pictures, 1933].
• • Who: Actor Sidney Myer, who is a Mac and Bistro award winning cabaret performer with off-Broadway, movie, radio, TV and commercial credits, brings to life all the male characters in the life of Diamond Lil.
• • Who: NYC historian and dramatist LindaAnn Loschiavo gives an armchair tour of the actual addresses Mae West used in Chinatown, Nolita, and on the Bowery to create the world of Diamond Lil, Gus Jordan, and Captain Cummings; you'll see rare vintage images of downtown Manhattan and learn the real identities of her fictional characters. Ms. Loschiavo, author of "Courting Mae West," will be in period costume.
• • Who: Brian McInnis provides delightful live musical accompaniment.
• • What else: The ever-popular Mae West Raffle will offer rare prizes once again to a number of lucky attendees. The public is invited.
• • Admission: free. Raffle tickets are always free.
• • RSVP: 212-243-6876 [Hudson Branch Library's phone number].
• • Mae West was born in Brooklyn, NY on Thursday, 17 August 1893.
• • Closest MTA subway stations: Christopher St. or West Fourth St.; or take the M7 bus.
• • Closest PATH station: Christopher St.
• • Illustration from "Frankie and Johnny" [NY: Albert and Charles Boni, 1930].
• • On Friday, 13 July 1934 • •
• • The Advocate (in Tasmania) printed an article on 13 July 1934 about Mae West's newest motion picture.
• • "Mae West at Burnie Theatre" began this way: Mae West, claimed to be the most spectacular figure on the stage or screen to-day, will be seen at the Burnie Theatre to-morrow night in her first Paramount starring picture, "She Done Him Wrong," a melodrama which she herself wrote. "She Done Him Wrong" is a story of a section of New York during the "gay nineties," with its collection of cabarets, "tough" men and frivolous women.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "A woman has got to love a bad man once or twice in her life to be thankful for a good one."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about Hollywood mentioned Mae West.
• • Film Daily's East Coast columnist Ralph Wilk wrote: Hollywood — Mae West, who makes her screen debut in "Night After Night," and Roscoe Karns have been given Paramount contracts. ...
• • Source: Article: "Paramount Signs Three" printed in The Film Daily; published on Tuesday, 4 October 1932
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