Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Mae West: Hazel Dawn

In the summer of 1926, MAE WEST performed at a charity benefit at New York City's Polo Grounds and on the bill was 35-year-old Hazel Dawn, a member of the original Ziegfeld Follies in 1907.
• • Hazel Dawn [23 March 1891 — 28 August 1988] • •
• • Born in Ogden, Utah, to a Mormon family on 23 March 1891, pretty Hazel Dawn was a stage, film, and TV actress.
• • Hazel Dawn made her screen debut as Kate Shipley in "One of Our Girls" [1914]. Her association with Famous Players — Lasky film company dated from this motion picture. Dawn followed this role with others in "Niobe" [1915], "Clarissa" [1915], "The Masqueraders" [1915], etc.
• • Hazel Dawn was once the mascot of both the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy at one of their annual football games. At one point, West Point cadets tossed their hats onto the stage, one cap belonging to future U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
• • In 1927 she married Montana mining engineer, Charles Gruwell — — reputedly one of the richest men in the western United States.
• • Hazel Dawn died in Manhattan at the home of her daughter in the month of August — — on Sunday, 28 August 1988. She was 97. Born two years before Mae West, her path in life was so different.
• • Probability, like time, is its own dimension. Perhaps there was an irresistible urge in certain ladies to cultivate a million admirers. A different woman would be spending her time trying to marry a millionaire. Yet another female is determined to be that millionaire. How many chances are there in one life to rewrite the acceptable version of the public self?  Ponder that thought, dear reader.
• • On Monday, 28 August 1933 in Hollywood Reporter • •
• • According to a news item in The Hollywood Reporter published on Monday, 28 August 1933, Alexander Hall and George Somnes were set to co-direct the Mae West motion picture  "Belle of the Nineties."  However, these men were later replaced by Leo McCarey.
• • On Monday, 28 August 1939 in Life • •
• • Life Magazine's issue (dated 28 August 1939) included a half-page photo of Mae West.
• • See "Diamond Lil" in September! • •
• • By popular demand, actress Darlene Violette — — and the wonderful cast who brought the Bowery denizens and Suicide Hall’s ne’er-do-wells to life — — will return in “Diamond Lil” for two 7 o’clock performances at Don’t Tell Mama [343 W. 46th Street] on Sunday September 15th and 22nd.  Come up and see for yourself.
• • Read a Review of "Diamond Lil" • •
• • L'Idea Magazine's editors attended four times and had a lot to say. Here's the link:
• • Staying faithful to the gritty themes in the novel, LindaAnn Loschiavo trimmed the work to 85 minutes for a cast of eight.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Of her character Tira in "I'm No Angel," Mae West said: "I'm low enough, all right — but the whole thing's a little more glamorous and gorgeous — if you know what I mean." 
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Slate Magazine mentioned Mae West.
• • Who is writing these articles for Slate, you might ask. We know who. It is an individual so ill-informed about the days of early programming, and too disinclined to research the subject — — in other words, a doofus who has no idea that radio programs were done in a studio in front of a live audience who could see the ventriloquist. Duh!
• • Slate's Atlas Obscura wrote:  The most popular dummy at the museum is a replica of Charlie McCarthy, a figure in a top hat, tux, and monocle. Charlie and his human partner, ventriloquism pioneer Edgar Bergen, appeared on the "Chase and Sanborn Hour" radio show from 1937 to 1956. (The fact that a ventriloquist act achieved prolonged success in a non-visual medium is one of the great mysteries of showbiz.)
• • Atlas Obscura wrote: Charlie's banter with Mae West on the December 12, 1937 show led to the actress being banned from NBC radio for 12 years. Her description of him being "all wood and a yard long" and teasing remarks about him giving her splinters the night before were deemed vulgar and obscene by the FCC. ...
• • Source: Article: "Come Face-to-Face With Hundreds of Ventriloquist Dummies at Vent Haven" written by Atlas Obscura for Slate; published on Tuesday, 27 August 2013
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started nine years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2728th 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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