Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Mae West: Bold Boa-toting Brigade

MAE WEST's boldness inspired Quinn Lemley, who's been trouping with her glamourous boa-toting brigade for three years, winning accolades from The Village Voice, Vanity Fair, and Asbury Park Press.
• • Stephanie Simon of NY1 wrote: When the women of "Burlesque To Broadway" entertain, it's hard to not be a fan. This theatrical concert celebrates the history of American Burlesque. NY1 caught a recent rehearsal as it prepares for a run at Gramercy Theater.
• • “It really celebrates the journey of the icons that went from burlesque to Broadway and beyond like Gypsy Rose Lee, Mae West, Sally Rand, Fanny Brice,” said Quinn Lemley. ...
• • Quinn's extravaganza will bring warmth and fun to The Big Apple next month (when we need it) from February 5th — 8th in Manhattan at the Gramercy Theater, 127 East 23rd Street. Good luck, ladies.
• • On Saturday, 21 January 1950 • •
• • When the revival of "Diamond Lil" left the Plymouth Theatre on Saturday night, 21 January 1950, Mae West immediately took the show on the road. The hard-working performer has never let an understudy substitute for her onstage. How many actresses can say that?
• • On Tuesday, 21 January 2003 • •
• • Ben Southwell directed the episode "Living Famously — Mae West," which was part of a television series originally broadcast in Great Britain from 2002 — 2003. Starring W.C. Fields, Cary Grant, Mickey Hargitay, et al, this footage originally aired in the United Kingdom on Tuesday, 21 January 2003.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • When the Motion Picture Theater Owners of America held their convention in our fair city, Mae West talked to them over a phone from her sick bed, rather than disappoint the gentlemen.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • To Mark Linder, Mae West said: "Atmosphere and locale! You can't copyright atmosphere and locale! There isn't even a name in 'Diamond Lil' that was in your play except that of Chick Clark — — and I think I'll take that out!"
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Reuters mentioned Mae West.
• • "Paris auction opens closet of Schiaparelli, 1930s fashion doyenne" • •
• • Reporting from France, Alexandria Sage wrote: Matador jackets in pink and blue, 18th century tapestries, tunics from China, Japanese kimonos and Ottoman kaftans, elegant turbans and exotic tabletop items made from horns are all on offer in the auction expected to raise about 800,000 euros.
• • Alexandria Sage wrote: So too is a series of Jules Cheret posters from the Belle Epoque, fashion sketches from French illustrator Christian Berard and a plaster figure of Mae West, whose curvaceous form inspired the bottle for Schiaparelli's "Shocking" perfume. ...
• • Source: Article written by Alexandria Sage for Reuters; published on Friday, 17 January 2014
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started nine years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2836th 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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• • Mae West sketched in 1949

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