Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Mae West: Dan Hedaya

MAE WEST received top billing in "Myra Breckinridge" [1970] and Dan Hedaya was a patient in the hospital ward.
• • Dan Hedaya [24 July 1940 birthday] • •
• • Born (like Mae) in Kings County, New York, Dan Hedaya came into this world on  Wednesday, 24 July 1940.  His family was Sephardic and Jewish; they settled in the Bensonhurst neighborhood of Brooklyn.  Hedaya graduated from Tufts University in 1962. For a number of years he was employed as a public school teacher before he decided to make a break and devote himself to acting.
• • "Myra Breckinridge" was his first ever role on the big screen.  He was 30 years old when he worked with Mae West.
• • From 1970 — now, Dan has been seen in over 100 TV roles and Hollywood productions. He's also been active in the theatre and seen on Broadway.
• • The Mae West Blog wishes the durable Dan Hedaya a very happy 73rd birthday today.
• • On Thursday, 24 July 1997 • •
• • The book "Three Plays by Mae West: Sex, The Drag, The Pleasure Man" was published on Thursday, 24 July 1997.  The book's editor was Lillian Schlissel.
• • Save the Dates: August 12th and August 17th and 18th • •  
• • What: 2 events timed to celebrate the 120th birthday of Mae West, born in Brooklyn, NY on August 17, 1893
• • When: (A.) Monday, August 12, 2013 from 4:00pm — 5:45pm [Seating from 3:45pm]
• • Where: (A.) Hudson Branch Library, 66 Leroy St., New York, NY 10014; NOT accessible to wheelchairs  
• • Who: (A.) Reader's Theatre Cast: Costumed in 1890s Bowery style, actress Darlene Violette and actor Sidney Myer present the 1932 novel "Diamond Lil" written by Mae West in Mae's words and period songs with live music by Brian McInnis.  At intervals, historian and playwright LindaAnn Loschiavo leads an "Armchair Tour" through the boisterous Bowery and Chinatown of the 1890s.  
• • What else: The ever-popular Mae West Raffle.  
• • August 12th Admission and Raffle Tickets: FREE.  
• • RSVP: 212-243-6876 [Hudson Branch Library's phone]
• • Closest MTA subway stations: Christopher St. or West Fourth St.; or the M7 bus.  
• • Closest PATH station: Christopher St.  
• • The public is invited (suitable for age 18 and over)
• • All of the sex and none of the censorship . . . • •  
• • Two stagings of "Diamond Lil" on August 17th and August 18th.
• • When: (B.) Saturday, August 17, 2013 — in the evening  
• • Where: (B.) John Strasberg Studios, 555 8th Avenue, Suite 2310, New York, NY 10018;  accessible to wheelchairs  
• • When: (C.) Sunday, August 18, 2013 — 7:00 pm  
• • Where: (C.) Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC
• • Who: (B. and C.) A new staged version of the 1932 novel "Diamond Lil" written by Mae West starring Darlene Violette, Sidney Myer, and TBA. Live music by Brian McInnis.  The novel, which closely follows the 3-hour production Mae performed onstage from 1928 — 1951, is more exciting than the family-friendly screen version. Playwright LindaAnn Loschiavo massaged Mae's classic opus into an 85-minute adaptation featuring all of the sex and none of the censorship. No intermission.  
• • What else: The ever-popular Mae West Raffle and birthday festivities.  
• • August 17th and 18th Admission: reserved seating only (payment info will follow)  
• • Closest MTA subway stations: 42nd St./ Times Sq. via A, C, E, 1, 2, 3  
• • In Her Own Words • • 
• • Mae West said: "Love is the only  industry that can't operate on a five-day week."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Entertainment Inquirer mentioned Mae West.
• • Rito P. Asilo wrote:  Mae West once said, “If you got the personality, you don’t need the nudity.” But, even the legendary sex symbol was well aware of the crowd-drawing appeal of sex and nudity at the box office. In fact, her first starring role on Broadway was in the steamy and decidedly unabashed 1926 play, “Sex,” which she herself wrote and directed.  ...
• • Source: News Item: "When stars cavort about in the buff" for Entertainment Inquirer; published on 19 July 2013
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started nine years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2700th 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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