• • Bert Roach [21 August 1891 — 16 February 1971] • •
• • Born in Washington, D.C. in the month of August — — on Friday, 21 August 1891 — — was a tiny tot named Egbert Roach. When he was 18 years old, he honed his ability to perform live onstage by attaching himself to various stock companies.
• • Roach was 23 years old when he began his celluloid sojourn during the silent screen era. The portly comic supporting actor had a regular outlet for his talent as one of Mack Sennett's Keystone Cops. He also appeared in a series of silent shorts playing Ned's Chum or Ned's Valet numerous times.
• • From 1914 — 1951, Bert Roach was seen in 347 motion pictures, mainly as a bit parts player. His hefty five-foot-eleven frame and versatility seemed to suit many genres: romantic comedy, crime drama, Western, adventure tales, etc. Casting agents patched him into a scene as a bartender, broker, chamberlain, clerk, drunk, mayor, process server, party guest, politician, spotlight operator, stable hand, stagehand, and fat man.
• • In 1935, he got a chance to be in a film with Mae West. After making several films in 1951, when he was 60 years old, he retired.
• • Bert Roach died in Los Angeles, California on Tuesday, 16 February 1971. He was 79.
|Sidney Myer as GUS, Joanna Bonaro as RITA in "Diamond Lil"|
• • From a staging of "Diamond Lil" in August in NYC.
• • PHOTO: Sidney Myer as Gus Jordan and Joanna Bonaro as Rita.
• • The Cast: Starring Darlene Violette as Diamond Lil, Queen of the Bowery and also featuring Sidney Myer, Anthony DiCarlo, Joanna Bonaro, Gary Napoli, Juan Sebastian Cortes, Kimmy Foskett, Jim Gallagher and live music by Brian McInnis
• • New Adaptation: "Diamond Lil" by Mae West in a new adaptation for the stage by LindaAnn Loschiavo — and costumed in 1890s Bowery style.
• • On Monday, 21 August 1944 in Life • •
• • An article "'Catherine Was Great' but Mae West Makes Her Dull" was printed along with photos in Life Magazine (pages 71— 72) in the issue dated for Monday, 21 August 1944.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "The public made me what I am today — — I hope they're satisfied."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • UPI mentioned Mae West.
• • A thought for the day: In the movie "Klondike Annie," Mae West said, "Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before."
• • Source: The Almanac from UPI; published on Tuesday, 20 August 2013
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started nine years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2723rd 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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• • Photo: • • Mae West • • Diamond Lil returned for Mae's birthday • •
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