"MAE WEST Helps Out Needy Santa" was the heartfelt headline in The Fresno Bee — The Republican on Thursday, 23 December 1937.
• • Hollywood [AP] — — Mae West is in the news again. She sent Santa Claus $290. A man here whose name actually is Santa Claus has suffered so much ill fortune recently that he had to dig ditches to support his family. Mae West read about it and took up a collection at her studio. Today Santa Claus received $290 from the actress by telegraph.
• • Source: News Item written by Associated Press; reprinted (on page 7) by The Fresno Bee — The Republican; published on Thursday, 23 December 1937.
• • On Monday, 23 December 1929 in Los Angeles • •
• • Mae West took her "Diamond Lil" cast to the West Coast where she hoped to meet with Hollywood producers who would help bring the popular stage play to the silver screen. After a booking in San Francisco, Mae moved to her final California destination: Los Angeles. An article about Mae was published in The L.A. Times on Monday, 23 December 1929.
• • On Sunday, 23 December 1984 • •
• • "West and Owney Had a Hot Romance" was a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the bootlegger and Cotton Club owner Owney Madden, who was Mae's lover, written by film critic Kevin Thomas and printed in The Los Angeles Times on 23 December 1984.
• • In L'IDEA Periodico, December 2013 • •
• • The current issue of L'IDEA Periodico [Volume III, Issue # 5, September-December 2013] is actually a double issue, however, it was just released this week. Published continuously for the past 39 years, L'IDEA is printed on paper and also appears online. Leonardo Campanile is the Editor-in-Chief and Tiziano Dossena is the Editorial Director.
• • This issue contains two articles about the stage play "Diamond Lil" [pp 24-27, 30-31] illustrated with six color photos by Wayne Takenaka and DLW Photogtraphy NYC. These articles appear in L'IDEA's English language section.
• • Subscribers have already received the new issue by postal mail. If you would like to subscribe to this quarterly or to advertise in L'IDEA, send a letter to Mr. Dossena, P.O. Box 195, Bronxville, NY 10708.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West was playing on the stage when her mother died. Schooled in the tradition of the theater — "the play must go on" — she went ahead with her evening's performance. Hard- boiled? When the final curtain went down, a physician had to be sent for to revive her. Overcome by grief and emotion they found Miss West on the floor of her dressing room unconscious.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "This is the greatest age for women. They no longer have to sit primly on a straight-backed chair with hands folded, waiting for some guy to come and make a pass at them. She's got her own money, her time's her own, and she goes out and grabs a man for herself — not any man, but the one she wants. If she doesn't like him when she gets him, all she has to do is to go out and take another pick."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A fan magazine mentioned Mae West.
• • Fight for a Sultan: Louis B. Mayer entertained the Sultan of Johore at a studio luncheon. Banked amid M-G-M houris, the Sultan yet had an unappeased expression in a roving eye. Mr. Mayer solicitously asked if there was anything more he would like to see.
• • The Sultan nodded. "Mae West," he said.
• • "Of all the insultin' sultans!" screamed the little ladies, above the boom of "Aye tank Aye go hum." Mae West seems to be every sultan's idea of a harem. ...
• • Source: Item in The New Movie Magazine; published in August 1934
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