It was Thursday, 9 January 1969 when Anthony Quinn [21 April 1915 — 3 June 2001] was fondly recalling his experience working onstage with MAE WEST.
• • It was 1936, when Quinn was only 21 years old. The role at the Hollytown Theatre in Hollywood required him to portray the character of an over-the-hill, washed-up souse (based on John Barrymore). The "age make-up" was skillfully done by Akim Tamiroff. A newcomer at the time, Anthony Quinn's salary was $10 a week.
• • Mae financed and produced a number of shows at Hollytown Theatre, a venue she acquired on behalf of Jim Timony during the 1930s.
• • "From Film [sic] Start with Mae West, Quinn Plays Pope Role" • •
• • Dorothy Manners is on vacation. During her absence her column is being written by one of Hollywood's famous names — — Anthony Quinn.
• • Anthony Quinn wrote: Thirty-five years ago I played my first role in the Los Angeles production of "Clean Beds" with Mae West. Today, I play the pope. Which just about sums up my career, a career that has taken me around the world into every type role, and enriched my life emotionally, spiritually and materially. ...
• • Source: Anderson Daily Bulletin (Indiana) on page 20; published on Thursday, 9 January 1969.
• • On Wednesday, 9 January 1889 in Brooklyn, NY • •
• • On this date, John West took his best girlfriend Tillie Decker to Brooklyn's Borough Hall to apply for a marriage license. Mae's mother's name appears as "Tillie Decker" on the form, not as "Matilda."
• • On Wednesday, 9 January 1974 in Los Angeles • •
• • A popular piece of memorabilia for a Mae-maven is anything signed by the icon. One fan snapped up a check written on 9 January 1974. On that date Mae had signed a personal check, made out for $50 in cash and signed by the star in black ink. In the 1970s, $50 sure went a whole lot further than today, eh?
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Anthony Quinn, talking about his career and life, confided on "The Johnny Carson Show" that the three most amazing women he had ever met were Mae West, Aimee Semple McPherson, and Laurette Taylor.
• • In 1936, Quinn made the leap into the acting profession. That year he had a role onstage in "Clean Beds" with Mae West, a play that she financed and produced. His part was a take-off on John Barrymore, then an aging thespian fading from the limelight.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I loved them all — all the boys — and always have had a swell time with them, but whenever I showed up with one who wanted to take me to the altar, my mother didn't like him, and when I saw that, somehow or other I soured on him, too."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Famed reporter Oscar Odd McIntyre [18 February 1884 — 14 February 1938], who wrote "New York Day by Day" and other columns, mentioned Mae West.
• • Mae West has reduced 64 pounds.
• • Source: "O. O. McIntyre's Impression" (syndicated column) rpt in The Ogden Standard-Examiner; published Sunday, 27 April 1930
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