Monday, January 20, 2014

Mae West: A Lively Piece

The happy headline read "MAE WEST Better" on January 20th.
• • Baltimore, January 19th — Mae West, who was taken ill here last Saturday morning, will leave tomorrow afternoon for New York City. The actress's abdominal disorder caused the cancellation of the last two performances here of "Diamond Lil" and bookings at Toronto, Buffalo, and Syracuse. The veteran stage and screen star hopes to open a revival of the play on Broadway on February 3rd.  Miss West refused to stay in a hospital on Saturday and since then has been confined to bed in a hotel. 
• • Source: The News (Frederick, MD) on page 5; published on Thursday, 20 January 1949.
• • On Saturday, 20 January 1912 • •
• • In their issue dated for Saturday, 20 January 1912, Variety reported on this new act: "Mae West and Girard Brothers, Songs and Dances, 10 mins., Fifth Avenue."
• • "A Lively Piece of Femininity" • •
• • Variety wrote: "She is now trying out a vaudeville act with the Girard Brothers ... She works hard. The boys dance well but their voices hold them back. ... Miss West is a lively piece of femininity but a cold prevented her from doing her best work.  ..."
• • On Sunday, 20 January 1929 • •
• • On Sunday, 20 January 1929 Mae brought "Diamond Lil" to Chicago, where it made its Midwest debut to a packed house. For most of the 16-week engagement, the play attracted a large audience in the Windy City.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West is Hollywood's Jekyll-Hyde. She revels in her two identities. On a picture she gave me she wrote, "A bad woman with a good heart." I'll bank on the good and applaud the bad.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • To J. Eugene Chrisman, Mae West said: "Yes sir, you did write my first fan magazine story, after I arrived like a stepchild in Hollywood. You called it 'Dynamite Lady,' which would be some hefty picture title for me, if Metro hadn't used it in a sub-title."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Spectator [U.K.] mentioned Mae West.
• • The Spectator printed this: NFT Season Feb-Mar RKO in the 1940's, a season of Mae West films, a season of W.C. Fields, Ealing — Mainly on the Serious Side and a selection of the best of world cinema. Full membership and programme details sent free on request — — British Film Institute ...
• • Source: The Spectator [U.K.]; published on Saturday, 20 January 1973
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started nine years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2835th 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 cover of The Cast in 1949

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