MAE WEST knows if you've been naughty or nice.
• • To relieve the stress of Christmas shopping, pour yourself a Mae West cocktail. The recipe comes from mixologist Lesley Blume who said: "This drink totally epitomized its namesake: strong, boozy, and velvety.
• • Ingredients • •
• • 1 ounce brandy
• • half an egg yolk
• • half a teaspoon sugar
• • ice cubes
• • 1 dash cayenne pepper
• • Shake the brandy, egg yolk, and sugar with the ice cubes and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add the dash of cayenne pepper and a suggestive twist of naughtiness.
• • Source: Lesley M.M. Blume and Chronicle Books.
• • Curtis Cooksey [9 December 1891 — 19 April 1962] • •
• • On Thursday, 19 April 1962, Curtis Cooksey, who had co-starred with Mae in "Diamond Lil" , and had originated the role of Captain Cummings (who is actually an undercover cop called "The Hawk") during the play's maiden voyage on Broadway, committed suicide.
• • Since 1916, the 25-year-old actor began winning leading roles on The Great White Way. Curtis Cooksey had starred in over a dozen productions before stepping into his Salvation Army uniform to make an impact on a beautiful saloon singer, a vivacious blonde bombshell who told him, "Come up sometime and see me. I'm home every evening." And also "Awww, you can be had!"
• • Charismatic Curtis Cooksey, who was born on Wednesday, 9 December 1891 in Indiana, had contracted cancer and decided to do away with himself. He was 70.
• • On Wednesday, 9 December 1936 • •
• • The Evening News printed an article about the legal proceedings between Mae West and her former husband Frank Wallace on Wednesday, 9 December 1936.
• • In December 1957 • •
• • In December 1957, Mae West announced she was working on her autobiography "Queen of Sex." The movie queen hinted that it would be full of stories about Jayne Mansfield and Mickey Hargitay. (Spoiler alert: it was not.)
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Owen Moore is back from New York to play with Mae West in her first Paramount starring vehicle, "Ruby Red." He is abandoning a personal appearance tour which started in Hollywood last April and which has taken him through the South and East. Other cast assignments add Noah Beery, David Landau and Dewey Robinson to this story of the rowdy nineties.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "It was wonderful in England, in London. The men are a little reserved. And I'm not."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about Hollywood movies mentioned Mae West.
• • Johnny Mack Brown was almost entirely cut out of Mae West's picture, "Belle of the Nineties." We met him at a party which Dorothy Tree gave. "I'm going," said Johnny, "to have those parts that were cut out put together again, and show them to a few of my friends, just to let them see how moral I really was in the story!" ...
• • Source: "Hollywood Entertains" in The New Movie Magazine; published in January 1935
• • By the Numbers • •
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