• • One of the prize stories of the season was told at the party. Mae West told it on herself.
• • "I said to my maid one day," she related, "that if a certain man called, she was to say I was in my bath. She told him. And I found out about the rest of it later. It seems he called a second time and then again a third time. Each time my maid told him that I was in my bath.
• • "Finally he got mad and yelled, 'Well, maybe she's drowned by this time. Don't you think you'd better look?'"
• • Source: Article: "Hollywood Entertains" written for The New Movie Magazine; published in February 1935.
• • On Thursday, 26 October 1933 • •
• • "Mae West Ideal of Columbia Frosh" • •
• • New York, October 25th — Mae West is the dream girl of Columbia University freshmen, the annual survey by Columbia students announced today. Questionnaires filled out by 325 freshmen showed a staggering majority for Mae West as the one woman qualified to make a freshman happy today.
• • Source: Article: "Mae West Ideal of Columbia Frosh" syndicated and printed (on page 1) in The San Antonio Light; published on Thursday, 26 October 1933.
• • On Thursday, 26 October 1995 • •
• • "Mae West and the Men Who Knew Her" [57 minutes] — — the VHS format was released on Thursday, 26 October 1995.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • A friend of Mae West was all excited over his coming marriage. "It's a gala day in my life!" he declared enthusiastically.
• • "M-mm-m ..." murmured Mae. "A gal a day ought to be enough for anybody!"
|Sidney Myer, Darlene Violette, Joanna Bonaro, Juan Sebastian Cortes|
"Darlene Violette channels Mae West to perfection!" — Stu Hamstra• • 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:
• • 7:30pm 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.
• • Watch a short clip: Diamond Lil meets Pablo, a gigolo
• • 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.
• • Audience Comments about "Diamond Lil" • •
• • Gigi Garcone said: Just saw "Diamond Lil" — — a very entertaining production! This tribute to the sultry, irresistible diva Mae West is a must see! All the actors are very talented and you can see they put their hearts into their roles. I especially liked Darlene Violette as Mae West and Joanna Bonaro as Rita, a madam from Rio. Darlene encompassed the whole persona of Mae and Joanna was sublime as the madam — — she really has such a presence on stage. Very enjoyable performance and it's worth the trip!
• • Rick Baynes of Baltimore said: I second Gigi's comments. "Diamond Lil" brings the fabulous Mae West back to life. The wonderful Darlene Violette is spot-on in her portrayal of the lusty, bawdy Mae. Do yourself a favor and go see this lovely production.
• • Mrs. Jean McLoughlin of NYC said: I recently saw "Diamond Lil" and loved every minute. The entire cast was top-notch, and I was impressed with their creative use of the entire space. The characters really came to life and I was transported back to the raunchy days of Mae West. Darlene Violette gave a great performance as Diamond Lil — — but Joanna Bonaro really shone as the sultry, venomous Rita. Joanna commands attention and I was more than willing to give it. Fantastic show, I highly recommend that everyone see it! Even my husband, who does not like theater, really enjoyed it.
• • At Jefferson Market Library in NYC next month • •
• • Mae West's legal woes inspired the stage play "Courting Mae West." See it on 23 November 2013 in the very same room where Mae faced off with Judge George Donnellan and 12 jurors.
• • Darlene Violette stars as Mae West and the rest of the cast will soon be announced.
• • The play, based on true events, is set during the Prohibition Era when Mae's plays were padlocked and she was sent to jail. Talk about a woman who climbed the ladder of success wrong by wrong..
• • This free event is open to the public and there is ample seating. [Note: The humor and adult themes are not suitable for children under 13.]
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Risque material is only offensive if badly done, without style and charm."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Independent Press-Telegram mentioned Mae West.
• • Harold G. of Tampa, FL asked: Now that Mae West is being paid around $350,000 for 10 days work to film "Myra Breckenridge," can we expect a rash of comediennes doing take-offs on her?
• • The Independent Press-Telegram replied: Very likely, not that the ageless sex symbol is "in" this season. One of the first to lampoon Miss West on TV is Carol Burnett, who'll call her "Mae East." . . .
• • Source: Independent Press-Telegram (page 152); published on Sunday, 26 October 1969
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started nine years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2773rd 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/
• • Photo: • • Mae West • • Diamond Lil returned for Mae's birthday • •
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