Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Mae West: Ivor McFadden

MAE WEST played Cleo Borden in "Goin' to Town" [1935] — — and Ivor McFadden had a bit role as a workman.
• • Ivor McFadden [6 August 1887 — 14 August 1942] • •
• • Born in San Francisco, California in the month of August — — on Saturday, 6 August 1887 — — was a little boy named Charles Ivor McFadden.  By 1916, during the silent screen era, the 29-year-old was acting in short subjects and accepting featured roles. Though he transitioned into talkies, his best credits were already behind him. Casting agents used him in a variety of ways, but he remained a faceless factotum who could morph from a bum to a pioneer, from a moving man to a juror or sheriff.
• • From 1916 — 1941, Ivor McFadden was seen in 30 motion pictures.
• • When Ivor McFadden had a minor role in Mae West's "Goin' to Town" when he was 48 years old.  During his last Western "Riders of Death Valley" [1941], McFadden got to rub shoulders with actors who had the privilege of working with Mae West one year before such as Dick Foran who had been seen in "My Little Chickadee" [1940] as Wayne Carter and Bob Burns who also participated in Mae's 1940 comedy with W.C. Fields, and was seen as a barfly. 
• • Ivor died in Los Angeles, California on Friday, 14 August 1942. He was 55.
• • On Tuesday, 6 August 1912 • •
• • In 1912 a teenage Mae West was invited to perform again at Hammerstein's Victoria. The singing comedienne was booked for a week-long engagement that began on Tuesday, 6 August 1912.
• • Save the Dates: August 12th and August 17th and 18th • • 
• • What: three events timed to celebrate the 120th birthday of Mae West, born in Brooklyn, NY on August 17, 1893
• • On Monday, 12 August 2013 at the Hudson Sq Library • • 
• • One afternoon only! • •
• • When: Monday, August 12, 2013 from 4:00pm — 5:45pm [Seating from 3:45pm]
• • Where: Hudson Branch Library, 66 Leroy St., New York, NY 10014; NOT accessible to wheelchairs 
• • Who + What: "Diamond Lil" by Mae West as a Reader's Theatre Experience with words and period songs and live music — a unique, unforgettable presentation
• • 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 — enhanced with period songs and 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 with rare vintage images you have never seen before. 
• • What else: The ever-popular Mae West Raffle. 
• • August 12th Admission and Raffle Tickets: FREE. 
• • RSVP:  Email  MaeWestDiamondLil (at) gmail  (dot) com
• • 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)
• • The library has a spacious auditorium so tell your fun-loving friends about this!
• • All of the sex and none of the censorship . . . • • 
• • The novel "Diamond Lil" closely follows the 3-hour production Mae performed onstage from 1928 — 1951, and it is much more exciting than the family-friendly screen version. Playwright LindaAnn Loschiavo massaged Mae's 1928 Bowery melodrama in three acts into a pared-down 85-minute adaptation featuring all of the sex and none of the censorship. No intermission. 
• • There will be two stagings of "Diamond Lil" on Saturday, August 17th and on Sunday, August 18th in Manhattan, both in midtown. Tickets will go fast. Don't miss out.
• • Find out more details (both addresses, performance times, ticket prices, cast) here: http://maewest.blogspot.com/2013/07/mae-west-3-events-in-august.html 
• • Updates:  facebook.com/MaeWestDiamondLil
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I'll never believe the worst about anyone without complete proof."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Motion Picture Daily mentioned Mae West.
• • "Mae Annoys Alderman" • •
• • St. Louis, Oct. 26.— Mae West's popularity has packed the Ambassador so steadily that Alderman Slade has introduced an ordinance prohibiting the sale of standing room. It is regarded as just possible that the measure might slip through.  ...
• • Source: News Item: Motion Picture Daily; published on Friday, 27 October 1933 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started nine years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2709th 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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