Thursday, December 12, 2013

Mae West: Warren's Blazin' Blondes

MAE WEST will be on the lips and on the hips of Maggie Worsdale this weekend.
• • At 2 pm on Saturday, 14 December jazz singer and actress Maggie Worsdale will pay tribute to Mae West, Marlene Dietrich, and Sophie Tucker in a show called “Blazin’ Blondes.”  The program, 75 minutes of sinfully good singing and roisterous romping, is geared toward adults only.
• • Where: The Warren Township Library in Warren,  NJ. Free admission.
• • Registration is required. Phone 908-754-5554 ext 64 to register. 
• • Tell them you heard about it on the Mae West Blog.
• • On Thursday, 12 December 2013 • •
• • A silver cigarette case signed by Mae West will be sold by Holt's today.
• • Holt's said: "Forces sweet heart and American icon Mae West met Borgan Mogilinicki in 1941 on one of her many 'moral-boosting' tours and signed his sterling silver cigarette-case. The signature has been declared authentic by the Imperial War Museum and a copy of the verification letter accompanies the lot in."
• • Holt's added: The sale will take place at Holt's Princess Louise House, 190 Hammersmish Road, London on Thursday, 12 December 2013. Don't miss out.
• • Mae West on NBC, Sunday, 12 December 1937 • •
• • Perhaps no other radio segment of The Chase and Sanborn Hour has sparked more commentary than the Sunday, December 12th, 1937 broadcast starring Mae West, the 44-year-old movie queen, who usually hid the fact that she was unable to read a script without eyeglasses.
• • Writer Arch Obler on Mae being very nearsighted • •
• • "Now one thing the powers-that-be forgot," recalled Arch Oboler, "that in those days, unlike today, there were three things that an actress could not do. One was to have a child out of wedlock. Two, she could not swear. And three, she could not wear glasses."
• • Arch Obler added:  "It was thought terrible for an actress to be seen in spectacles. Well, Miss Mae West, having all the usual good sense of all of us, did not wear her glasses during the rehearsals so she, being very nearsighted never saw my script. She bluffed her way through. It wasn’t until air time that she walked on stage waving these glasses, put them on . . . and for the first time saw the script. The result was a disaster. What she did to ‘Adam and Eve’ the Arabs had never done so miserably."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • You should have seen Mae West practicing rope-twirling in the wide-open spaces of the Paramount lot! "It's a good idea," murmured the hair-patting, hip-swinging blonde. "I've never had much trouble roping in my men, but this ought to make it even easier!"
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I'm not just an actress. I'm a playwright, I produce and direct my own shows and look after every little detail."
• • Mae West said: "A man in the house is worth two in the street."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about Hollywood movies mentioned Mae West "who is definitely still everyone's favorite actress."
• • Kate Dries wrote: Everyone's favorite actress and regular star of Tweet Beat, Bette Midler, is joining an HBO movie in development about the life of Mae West, who would have been a regular star of Tweet Beat if Tweet Beat had existed during her time and who is definitely still everyone's favorite actress. ...
• • Source: Article: "Bette Midler Is Your New Mae West" written by Kate Dries printed in Jezebel; published on Tuesday, 10 December 2013
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started nine years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2808th 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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