Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Mae West: Dorothy Kilgallen

News items about MAE WEST appeared several times in the syndicated columns written by Dorothy Kilgallen, who was also a panelist on the TV show "What's My Line?" (a regular favorite on CBS-TV from 1950 on). After their deaths, each woman would have an episode devoted to her on "Mysteries and Scandals."
• • Dorothy Kilgallen [3 July 1913 — 8 November 1965] • •
• • Born in Chicago on Thursday, 3 July 1913, Dorothy Mae Kilgallen grew up to be a fairly comely teen with a very short chin. She graduated in 1930 from Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn.
• • In 1936, she began her newspaper column, "The Voice of Broadway," which eventually was syndicated to more than 146 papers. Kilgallen included tidbits about entertainment figures such as Mae West, politicians, aristocrats, upcoming shows on Broadway, new films, and blind items. Sinatra hated her and made nasty, unkind comments about something she could not change: her chinless profile; returning the spite, she criticized his mobster ties.
• • In 1950, she was among the first group of panelists selected for "What's My Line?" on TV. Moderated by John Charles Daly, the sophisticated quiz show ran for 17 years.
• • Dorothy Kilgallen died in Manhattan under mysterious, troubling circumstances. Her hair stylist went to her home and found her in bed, dead, on Monday, 8 November 1965. She was 52.
• • On Monday, 3 July 1933 • •
• • Production of Mae West's motion picture "I'm No Angel" began on Monday, 3 July 1933 in Hollywood (and concluded in September 1933).
• • On Saturday, 3 July 1943 • •
• • The weekend edition of the Los Angeles papers carried this provocative headline: "Diamonds to Trump the Axis."
• • Associated Press wrote: Hollywood, Calif. — Film star Mae West is shown with her diamond collection, estimated to be worth a half-million dollars, which she's turning over to the WPS for use in precision instruments and cutting drills in war factories. Miss West appears next in "Tropicana."
• • This coverage was syndicated and appeared in various papers between July 3rd — July 6th, 1943.
• • The title for "Tropicana" was changed. Alas, the picture was not a hit. Even Mae didn't like it.
• • On Thursday, 3 July 1969 • •
• • Filming for the motion picture "Myra Breckinridge" began on Thursday, 3 July 1969.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "People often wonder about my personal life. But, despite the sensational aspects of my past on the stage and the screen, personal scandal has passed me by. "
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Gossip columnist Dorothy Kilgallen mentioned Mae West.
• • "Dorothy Kilgallen Reports on Broadway" • • 
• • "Mae West Muscle Men Troubled by Amour" • •
• • Dorothy Kilgallen wrote: Members of Mae West's night-club entourage are bracing them selves for an explosion — — over love, naturally. Jealousy has flamed between two of the muscle men in her act — — Chuck ("Mr. California") Krauser, who was her favorite of last year, and Mickey ("Mr. Universe") Hargitay, in whom she has displayed recent interest. ...
• • Source: "Mae West Muscle Men Troubled by Amour" by Dorothy Kilgallen, syndicated columnist, printed in Lakeland Ledger; published on Tuesday, 8 May 1956
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started nine years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2684th 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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