Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Mae West: Xmas Diamonds

MAE WEST got diamonds for Christmas on Tuesday, 25 December 1934.
• • "Santa Leaves Gems in Socks of Film Stars" • •
• • Mae West Gets Diamonds; Ruby Keeler Sapphires; Gracie Toys • •
• • Hollywood — Dec. 25 — United Press — Film folk and their children awoke today to find any and all manner of gifts in their stockings. Gems and jewelry were the most popular, perhaps, for the adults, but it fell upon Norman Taurog [1899 1981] to be the Santa Claus to give the most unique gift. Out in the garden of the Taurog home the director's daughter, Patsy Ann, found a miniature merry-go-round all set up and ready to whirl. With five wooden horses, it was complete in every detail down to the electric piano.
• • "Diamonds for Mae" • •
• • Diamonds sparkled at the home of Mae West. "Diamond Lil" justified her screen sobriquet by giving "sparklers" to her sister, brother, and father. A necklace, studded with similar stones, was the present she received in return.  ...
• • Source: Syndicated article "Mae West Gets Diamonds; Ruby Keeler Sapphires; Gracie Has Toys" printed in The Ogden-Standard Examiner; published on Tuesday evening on 25 December 1934.
• • On Friday, 25 December 1914 • •
• • Readers of Variety could not help but notice the ornate half-page advertisement for handsome Guido Deiro — — "The Master of the Piano Accordion, The Incomparable in His Line" (on the left, seated and displaying his accordion) — — and Mae West — — "The Original Brinkley Girl, A Style All Her Own" (on the right, wearing a lovely gown) who were "Engaged Jointly as Headline Features."
• • The final line, along the bottom margin of their promotional ad, offered a seasonal greeting in capital letters: "Wishing the entire world a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year." This eye-catching ad ran on page 73 of Variety in the issue dated on Friday, 25 December 1914.
• • On Thursday, 25 December 1919 • •
• • Cast in the successful Broadway hit "Sometime" [October 1918 — June 1919] as Mayme Dean, a vamp whose suitors always seem to decamp, Mae West was in the unusual position of putting across a few comically wistful laments in the show.
• • The 26-year-old performer was made up as a vamp, a la Theda Bara, after her appearance in Ned Wayburn's "Demitasse Revue" — — on the cover of a prestigious magazine, New York's Dramatic Mirror dated for Thursday, 25 December 1919. This was quite a front page and it has become a fabulous collector's item.
• • On Saturday, 25 December 1937 • •
• • The article "Mae West's Eve Brings Eden's Curse on Radio — Apology, Alibi, Indignation and Investigation" was printed in Motion Picture Herald on Saturday, 25 December 1937.
• • On Saturday, 25 December 1937 • •
• • The article “Mae West's Name Banned” was printed in The New York Times (page 11) on Saturday, 25 December 1937.
• • On Wednesday, 25 December 1946 • •
• • In December 1946, Mae West celebrated the holidays by giving a series of out-of-town  performances of the play "Come On Up."
• • For instance, there was a rousing Christmas Day show on Wednesday, 25 December 1946 that was part of the four-night, pre-Broadway engagement of the comedy by Miles Mander, Fred Schiller, and Thomas Dunphy presented at the Davidson Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • "Paramount Title Changes" • •
• • Paramount has changed the title of Marlene Dietrich's next picture from "Invitation to Happiness" to "I Loved a Soldier," while the Mae West film, "Klondike Lou," becomes "Klondike Annie."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Every day's a holiday, Santa Claus, and the biggest and best one is right around the corner."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Variety mentioned Mae West (spelling her first name "May").
• • "Production Engagements" • •
• • May (sic) West, by the Shuberts for the show atop the Century Roof. ...
• • Source: Item in Variety; published on Friday, 14 January 1921 
• • By the Numbers • • 
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