Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Mae West: Ian Abercrombie

One native New Yorker was MAE WEST — — and she would have been horrified by the attack on the Twin Towers on Tuesday, 11 September 2001.
• • Twelfth Anniversary • •
• • Today is the 12th anniversary of this day of infamy and New York City is in mourning. Keep us in your prayers. 
• • Ian Abercrombie [11 September 1934 — 26 January 2012] • •
• • Mae West starred in "Sextette" [1978], and the British actor Ian Abercrombie was seen as Rex Ambrose.
• • Born in Grays, Essex, England, UK in the month of September — — on Tuesday, 11 September 1934 — — Ian Abercrombie was a mere lad when he began his theatrical career at a perilous time, during the Blitz in World War II.  After earning numerous medals as a dancer, he transitioned to acting.  In 1955, he made his American stage debut.
• • A decade later, he would be seen in his first screen role as a British POW in a motion picture set during World War II. 
• • From 1965 — 2012, Ian Abercrombie participated in 182 projects for film and TV as a voice actor and bit parts player. In 1978, when he was 34, he was cast in "Sextette" and got to work with Mae.
• • Kidney failure caused his death.  Ian Abercrombie died in Hollywood, California on 26 January 2012.  He was 77.
• • On Thursday, 11 September 1947 • •
• • Mae West and Jim Timony sailed to England aboard the RMS Queen Mary and arrived at Southampton on Thursday, 11 September 1947.
• • The newspapers noted that Mae had developed a liking for scones and clotted cream, which she enjoyed with her afternoon tea.  The actress told one reporter that British cuisine had made her gain 6 lbs.
Come see "Diamond Lil" at Don't Tell Mama in 2013
• • 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:
• • 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:
• • 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 consider myself above changing. I haven't time to change. I'm not looking backward at what I've done or what success has come my way. The minute you do that and stand around on what's already come your way, you're headed back in the other direction."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Carol Ward discussed Diamond Lil and Mae West.
• • Carol Ward wrote: Lil embodies the prostitute as entrepreneur, the quintessential capitalist.  She is presented as an enterprising businesswoman whose office is her boudoir, where a number of transactions are made: she buys the mission (with diamonds from former lovers) to impress the handsome Salvation Army captain she loves; she bargains with Dan Flynn over Gus's future; she promises Chick Clark that she will run away with him, etc. ...
• • Source: Book: "Mae West: A Bio-bibliography" [1989]
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started nine years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2739th 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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