MAE WEST was in the news on Wednesday, 22 January 1936.
• • "'Ladies by Request' Found Not Indecent" • •
• • Los Angeles, Jan. 22 — (AP) — Mae West's round-faced business manager James A. Timony, had hopes today the court would allow him to present "Ladies By Request" to show a jury of eleven women and one man to prove it is decent entertainment.
• • "Why, your grandmother could take you to it," barked Timony at police criticism that his play was "quite risque." Timony added, "My attorneys are going to ask permission today to put the whole show on in the courtroom. Then we'll see whether it is indecent or not."
• • If Judge W. T. Aggcler grants the request, he will see the production alone first, the jury being called in to view a second performance.
• • Police raiders closed "Ladies By Request" at the Hollytown theater last December 29, carting Timony and his 14 players off to jail for booking on charges of staging an improper show.
• • One of the officers, C. M. Buxton, told the jury the production featured two female impersonators, one of whom "rushed out on the stage in the first act, clad only in a chemise."
• • "What's a chemise?" queried the judge.
• • His impeccable attire including a cane. Timony manifested no qualms that the case might end similarity to his trial in New York in 1927 for producing "Sex," another play. He served 10 days in jail then. Mae West, the star of the show, also went to jail for a fortnight [sic]. Her only connection with the current Timony production was one of friendly interest, Miss West said, noting that Timony was both author and producer.
• • Source: Syndicated Article rpt in Evening Independent, et al; published on Wednesday, 22 January 1936.
• • On Monday, 22 January 1934 in Times Square • •
• • It was a festive Monday evening, on 22 January 1934, when Mae West and Eddie Cantor and many other stars entertained at the New Amsterdam Theatre — — at the 52nd annual benefit for the Actors' Fund.
• • Mae West, a longtime member of Actors Equity, left one-third of her estate to the Actors Equity Fund, hoping to assist actors and actresses who are facing a hardship and are in need. When I telephoned the Fund's headquarters in NYC to ask how much they had received (to date) from Mae's thoughtful provisions for them in her Will, they were unaware of this bequest. The Actors' Fund had never been contacted by the executors of Mae's Will; they have never received the funding Mae intended for them.
• • Now this is certainly too bad, that someone refused to administer Mae's charitable bequest and carry out her wishes after she died — — and isn't it a shame?
• • Who pocketed the money meant for The Actors' Fund?
• • On Friday, 22 January 1937 • •
• • A review of "Go West Young Man," cited in The Hollywood Reporter on Friday, 22 January 1937, praised the changes Mae made to the script "Personal Appearances." The Broadway play starring Gladys George was the basis for the film version.
• • On Wednesday, 22 January 1964 in The N.Y. Times • •
• • New York Times readers who turned to the financial business section of the paper, published on Wednesday, 22 January 1964, noticed this item on page 75.
• • The headline read: "Mae West Plays Role for 'Mr. Ed'; Actress Makes TV Episode for Showing in March."
• • Times reporter Val Adams wrote: Mae West, a theatrical sex symbol for more than half a century, has completed filming a guest star role for "Mr. Ed," the comedy series about a talking horse. Many fans of "Mr. Ed" are children, but the average age of the audience may increase considerably when Miss West's performance is televised by the Columbia Broadcasting System on a Sunday evening in March.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • William LeBaron, Paramount producer, says that Mae West, whose four productions he has handled, will alternate between modern screenplays and those requiring costumes in the future, but will not attempt in any way to alter the type of her portrayals.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I like restraint — if it doesn't go too far."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Courier Mail (Australia) mentioned Mae West.
• • What are your big goals for 2014? Whether it's starting a business, conquering your biggest fear or simply wanting to be happier, here's a little inspiration to get you started.
• • "You only live once but if you do it right once is enough." — Mae West
• • Source: "10 quotes to inspire you in 2014" compiled by The Courier Mail; published on Thursday, 16 January 2014
• • By the Numbers • •
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