Thursday, July 18, 2013

Mae West: Limited Engagement

The truth was finally out in the open and MAE WEST felt the financial flim-flam from Frank might force her into an early retirement.
• • The Singapore newspapers trumpeted this headline: "Mae West Married."
• • Los Angeles — Miss Mae West, film actress, has admitted that she is married. In an answer submitted in the Superior Court here to a suit brought by Mr. Frank Wallace, the actress admits that she married Mr. Wallace, actor, many years ago. In his suit Mr. Wallace asked the court to compel Miss West to recognize him as her husband.  ...
• • . . . Mr. Emanuel Cohen, the producer, intends to begin his new Mae West picture "Sapphire Sal" on August 1st. He fears that, if Mr. Wallace gets a court ruling giving him half of Mae's property and income, she will retire immediately. ...
• • Source: Article (page 28) in The Straits Times; published on Sunday 18 July 1937.
• • On Friday, 18 July 1952 • •
• • The headline on July 18th read: "Mae Gets Mae West."  Here's the scoop.
• • New York, Thursday — Mae West, reversing her usual procedure, came up to Groton submarine base to see the United States Navy. She was given a Mae West life jacket. Hundreds of sailors at the base whooped and shouted when Miss West hove into view.
• • The actress came as the Navy's honored guest for the unveiling of the latest model "Mae West" jacket.  The new jackets were made of an orange-red material, visible at great distances at sea.
• • "I like the new color," Miss West said. "It's so desirable.  I understand they can be seen from a great distance. That's another thing we have in common."
• • Mae considered it a great honor ... • •
• • Miss West said she considered it a great honor to have men all over the world wearing the Jackets.  "After all, men is my business," she added.
• • Three sailors demonstrated the jackets by leaping from a wharf into the water and then the actress was presented with one of the jackets.
• • Source: Australia's Barrier Miner (page 9), published on Friday, 18 July 1952.
• • 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: "I don't mind other people smoking or drinking. After all, we can't make love all the time."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Motion Picture Daily mentioned Mae West.
• • Mark Dowling wrote: The type of humor you think of as typical of Mae West comes from her most spontaneously when she is in the mood of her screen roles. "I have to get in the mood," she told me once when I asked her to "gag" an interview. She saves for her "public" life all the fire and passion that other stars burn up in their personal romances. When she's acting, jokes, and wisecracks of her own peculiar brand come spontaneously to her lips. ...
• • Source: "Don't Get Me Wrong!" — Mae West written by Mark Dowling (page 1) for Motion Picture; published in December 1934 issue
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started nine years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2696th 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.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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