Friday, September 06, 2013

Mae West: Georges Metaxa

MAE WEST starred in  "She Done Him Wrong" and made promotional appearances at the Paramount Theatre in NYC in February 1933 to boost interest in the 66-minute drama.  Joining her for a live performance as her sidekick was a Romanian actor who was born in September.
• • The N.Y. Times wrote: On the Stage: Miss West supplements her cinema appearance by lending her swaggering talents to the stage show. With Georges Metaxa for a foil, she repeats three or four brief scenes from the picture and sings some of its songs.
• • Georges Metaxa [11 September 1899 — 8 December 1950] • •
• • Born in Bucharest, Romania on Monday, 11 September 1899, Georges Metaxa pursued a career in entertainment.  He had enough credits to impress the producers of the musical comedy "The Cat and the Fiddle"; since its setting was France and Brussels, characters with a foreign accent  fit right in. The show, which ran for almost a year, from October 1931 — September 1932, featured Georges Metaxa as Victor Florescu. He was seen in two more plays on The Great White Way in the early 1930s.
• • A character actor of genteel demeanor, Metaxa found himself always playing the foreigner onscreen. Either he was a Spanish lieutenant, an Italian fellow, a Nazi agent, or an investigator for Scotland Yard Investigator.  
• • From 1931 — 1945, Georges Metaxa had supporting roles in a dozen films.
• • Georges Metaxa had a heart attack. He died in Monroe, Louisiana on 8 December 1950.  He was 51.
• • On Sunday, 6 September 1914 in the San Antonio Light • •
• • Mae West was so often at odds with the publisher of Variety that his reviews provided a steady downbeat of discouragement. Nevertheless, Mae had her fans. A reviewer from the San Antonio Light wrote this paragraph for the paper's weekend edition dated for Sunday, 6 September 1914:
• • Mae, chic, dainty, a Parisienne from the heels of her tiny slippers to the crown of her golden head, has truly as she claims "a style all her own."  Fresh from the hands of Parisian modistes, merry Mae sings her songs and delivers her impromptu dialogue with a pleasing individuality that marks her for an even higher place in the professional field than she occupies now.
• • On Sunday, 6 September 1942 • •
• • A photo of Mae West, costumed as Diamond Lil, appeared in the American Weekly supplement of the Los Angeles Examiner (on page 7) on Sunday, 6 September 1942.
• • Mae West on the Bookshelf • •
• • "Diamond Lil" by Mae West is discussed in this book: "Blood on the Stage, 1925-1950: Milestone Plays of Crime, Mystery and Detection" by Amnon Kabatchnik.
• • See "Diamond Lil" This Autumn! • •
• • 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 several evening performances at Don’t Tell Mama [343 W. 46th Street] on these dates in 2013:
• • 7:00pm on Sunday September 15th and 22nd. 
• • 7:30pm on Sunday October 27th — Hallowe'en Party — come in 1890s costume!
• • 7:00pm on Sunday November 3rd — vote for Gus Jordan for Sheriff Night.
• • 8:30pm on Sunday November 10th
• • 7:00pm on Sunday November 17th
• • 7:00pm on Sunday November 24th
• • Phone after 4pm to reserve a seat: 212-757-0788; RSVP online: www.donttellmamanyc.com
• • Closest MTA subway stations: 42nd St./ Times Sq. via A, C, E, 1, 2, 3 
• • The public is invited (suitable for age 18 and over). Join us as we turn the iconic NYC nightspot Don't Tell Mama into Gus Jordan's "Suicide Hall"! 
• • 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
• • Director: Co-directed by Dena Tyler, The Actors Studio, and Darlene Violette.
• • Come up and see for yourself. You might even win a swell Raffle Prize.
• • Read a Review of "Diamond Lil" • •
• • L'Idea Magazine's editors attended four times and had a lot to say. Here's the link: http://www.lideamagazine.com/usa-still-entertaining-mae-wests-diamond-lil-makes-new-fans-in-new-york-city/
• • 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: "I'd add hot lines and jokes that I knew they'd cut."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The New York Times reviewed a movie starring Mae West.
• • A.D.S. wrote: Most highly prized of the Bowery belles, Lady Lou is notable both for her beauty, which is ornate, and for her wit, which is not dull. Although her reputation is nightly torn to bits by the pious in the mission next door to the saloon where she holds court, district leaders and other local Napoleons fight for her favors. Despite the title, she did nobody wrong. While her man is doing a "rap" she has to live, and she has chosen a good location. "My career is diamonds," she says, and men fight for the privilege of adding to her collection of jewelry.   ...    
• • Source: Article: "She Done Him Wrong" by A.D.S. for The New York Times; published on Friday, 10 February 1933
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started nine years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2736th 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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