On Wednesday, 1 July 1970, an item printed in The Los Angeles Herald Examiner was calling the return of MAE WEST to the screen "the greatest comeback in history."
• • Affable New York night club insider Earl Wilson attended the red carpet debut of "Myra Breckinridge" and was happy to see the throng of Mae mavens. "It was the last of the red hot premieres," wrote Earl Wilson, "a terrible push and rush to the car."
• • The syndicated night life columnist recalled one individual shouting, "Mae! They're running up the street after you!"
• • Earl Wilson reported, "Like a champ, Mae stood up at the theater entrance and waved and took it, never running like some of the kids do now."
• • Don't you wish you were right there in the summer of 1970, on the corner, waving to Mae?
• • On Saturday, 1 July 1933 • •
• • A Mickey Mouse cartoon, "Mickey's Gala Premiere," was released on Saturday, 1 July 1933. Mae West is one of the celebrities who makes a grand appearance.
• • On Sunday, 1 July 1934 • •
• • Supposedly, on Sunday, 1 July 1934, the censorship of the Production Code began to be seriously and meticulously enforced. Mae West suddenly found her screenplays heavily edited.
• • On Tuesday, 1 July 2003 • •
• • It was on 1 July 2003 that Camille Paglia's fascinating article was published in Interview Magazine. Her title was "Where's Mae West When We Need Her?" and Paglia discussed why movies must restore the "H" factor — — the humor and the humanness.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Boris Petroff, former stage producer, is my dramatic adviser, while Murray Fiel and Murray Ellman — — with Mr. Jim Timoney — — comprise what amounts to a business board of directors."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Chicago Tribune mentioned Mae West.
• • The Chicago Tribune wrote: St. Sukie de la Croix, author of "Chicago Whispers," picks 13 Chicago spots that featured 'great stories' before the modern gay rights movement. Follow the tour through the interactive map below.
• • Stop 2: 909 N. Rush St.
• • Then: Diamond Lil's
• • Now: Ugg Australia store
• • Diamond Lil's offered "real Southern cooking" from 5 to 9 p.m.; same-sex dancing came later, according to Sukie de la Croix. A product of the short-lived "Pansy Craze" of the late 1920s, Diamond Lil's was operated by a man who called himself "Diamond Lil" after the character in Mae West's play. "Lil wears a red tie with a huge imitation diamond stick pin,'' wrote University of Chicago sociology students, who visited the club shortly after its 1928 opening. "He makes no attempt to conceal what sort of place it is, in fact, by the use of such a name, he advertises it."
• • "I want people to know, especially young people, that we existed back then and we had fun," says de la Croix of Diamond Lil's. "That place sounds fun. It was run by a big queen who didn't care what anybody thought. At certain points in history we did have terrible lives but we also had great fun." ...
• • Source: The Chicago Tribune; published on Friday, 21 June 2013
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