Friday, July 26, 2013

Mae West: Julian Rivero

MAE WEST played Cleo Borden in "Goin' to Town" [1935] — — and Julian Rivero was seen as a bet taker at the racetrack.
• • Julian Rivero [25 July 1890 — 24 February 1976] • •
• • Born in San Francisco, California on Friday, 25 July 1890, Julian Rivero did not have to go far when he set his sights on the movie industry.  In the early 1920s, during the silent film era, the five-foot-nine newcomer made the rounds of the casting directors. By 1923, when he was 33 years old, he began to appear onscreen either in bit parts or supporting roles.  For five decades, he kept adding credits to his resume.
• • From 1923 — 1973, Julian Rivero was seen in full-length films and in guest-starring roles on popular TV shows, participating in 241 productions.
• • In 1935, when the 45-year-old character actor worked with Mae West in "Goin' to Town," it was one of the few times he did not play a Latino character. More typically he was cast as a Mexican official, a Spanish priest, a Cuban waiter, and the like. Clearly, he kept cordial relations with the casting department and kept working for five decades. He was 83 years old when he made his last screen appearance in "The Red Pony" [1973].
• • His wife and child were not camera shy either.  His wife Isabel Thomas [1903 —1948] had been a Sennett Bathing Beauty. Daughter Lorraine Rivero [1922 — 1974] became an actress.
• • Julian Rivero died in Hollywood, California on February 24, 1976. He was 85.

• • On Saturday, 25 July 1922 in Connecticut • •
• • During July 1922 "The Ginger Box Revue" was booked for a try-out in Stamford, Connecticut.  Hours before opening, Mae West and the cast learned that their producer failed to secure adequate financing so they could have their costumes and the scenery.  Mae insisted on going forward, however, with a humorous prologue that highlighted the difficulties (making it seem part of the act).  The show gave two sell-out performances and received a review in The Stamford Advocate on Saturday, 25 July 1922.
• • 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: "It's what they see in my eyes that counts."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Quincy Patriot Ledger mentioned Mae West.
• • The Quincy Patriot Ledger wrote: Cary Grant, Hollywood movie star who achieved international fame when Me West referred to him as “tall, dark and handsome” in one of her early films was a visitor in Quincy yesterday. Mr. Grant surprised Miss Doreen Glover of 101 Manet Avenue, former “Dream Girl” over WNAC with a telegram requesting her to meet him at the East Boston airport. After lunching at the Copley-Plaza Mr. Grant insisted on calling on Miss Glover’s mother, Mrs. Joseph Glover of 101 Manet avenue.
• • The Quincy Patriot Ledger explained: Mr. Grant returned to Boston last evening and left by plane. He is appearing currently with Grace Moore in “When You’re In Love.” Born in England, he achieved success on the Broadway musical comedy stage before going to Hollywood. He appeared with Mae West in “She Done Him Wrong” and “Diamond Lil” (sic), and many program pictures ....
• • Source: Article: "Cary Grant Makes Visit to Quincy, Massachusetts" printed on page 1 of Quincy Patriot Ledger; published on Thursday, 27 May 1937

• • By the Numbers • • 
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