Monday, December 16, 2013

Mae West: Joan Fontaine

Correspondence between Clarisse B. Mechanic and MAE WEST, Joan Fontaine, Eddie Bracken, and Joan Crawford raised funds for charity in 1996.
• • "Glamor fest gives operating rooms $200,000 boost" • •
• • Sylvia Badger wrote: Guests attending the St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation's "Gala 1996, A Time to Remember" got a taste of the glamorous golden days of Hollywood. During cocktail hour, there was a large display of interesting personal correspondence between the gala's honorary chair Clarisse B. Mechanic and Hollywood legends such as Mae West, Joan Fontaine, Eddie Bracken, and Joan Crawford. And thanks to the magic of P. W. Feats, guests rubbed elbows with "stars" like Groucho and Harpo Marx. ...
• • Source: Article by Sylvia Badger in The Baltimore Sun; published on Friday, 26 April 1996.
• • Joan Fontaine [22 October 1917 — 15 December 2013] • •
• • Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland, known to movie goers as Joan Fontaine, was a British American actress. Born in Japan to British parents, de Havilland and her older sister Olivia de Havilland moved to California in 1919.
• • In 1935, 18-year-old Joan Fontaine began her stage career. It was not long before she became a celebrated name in Tinseltown. Eventually, she earned a star on the Walk of Fame. 
• • Joan Fontaine won an Oscar for Alfred Hitchcock's "Suspicion" [1941], which co-starred Mae West's leading man Cary Grant, and Joan was also well-known for her rivalry with her sister, actress Olivia de Havilland. According to the Los Angeles Times, although she continued to make films into the 1960s and appeared on Broadway and on TV, Fontaine's brief stardom peaked in the early 1940s.
• • Joan Fontaine died of natural causes at her home in Carmel, California. She was 96.
• • On Thursday, 16 December 1937 • •
• • It was on Thursday, 16 December 1937 that Variety ran an article about Mae West's controversial appearance on NBC in the Garden of Eden Skit: "Educator calls radio program a home menace."
• • On Thursday, 16 December 1937 • •
• • An article "Religious Leader Warns US Board on 'Risque' Radio Plays" was printed in The Los Angeles Herald on Thursday, 16 December 1937.  A never ending Niagara of condemnation from the religious righteous — — that is, the same groups that either condoned or covered up priest pedophilia for decades. Sheesh.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Hollywood takes its sex seriously. No sportive smiles like the French or guffaws like the Germans. Sex is real and sex is earnest. Mae West burlesques the bosom-heavers. Cleanest sort of thing because she makes the whole business funny.  Mae in person likes to be thought lurid.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "This was live theatre show business as I liked it. And it liked me."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An item in The Day mentioned Mae West.
• • The Day said: Mae West and her 19 men in "Come On Up . . . Ring Twice" at the Ivoryton Playhouse ...
• • Source: Item in The Day; published on Thursday, 28 August 1952
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started nine years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2810th 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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