MAE WEST was photographed browsing for diamonds in London.
• • It was on Tuesday, 3 February 1948 that this headline made news in Queensland, Australia.
• • "Diamond Lil in London" • •
• • Mae West, famous American stage and screen star, was being shown some beautiful diamond treasures, while visiting a jewellery house in Old Bond Street, London.
• • Mae West takes the lead as 'Diamond Lil' in her own play of that name, which opened at the Prince of Wales Theatre, on January 24th, 1948.
• • Source: Townsville Daily Bulletin (Australia); published on Tuesday, 3 February 1948.
• • On Monday, 3 February 1930 • •
• • A staffer for New York City's "picture newspaper" The Daily Mirror explained to the hometown fans of Mae West how the recent death of her mother Matilda West had affected the actress behind the scenes. Perhaps one backstage snitch conveyed the details when Mae "collapsed in her dressing room at the Shubert Riviera Theatre" [sic] also noting that the Broadway star "had to be carried to her home by members of the company."
• • Source: The Daily Mirror (NYC); published on Monday, 3 February 1930.
• • On Saturday, 3 February 1934 in The Daily News • •
• • On 3 February 1934, after the jurors deliberated for three days, Edward Friedman was pronounced guilty for robbing Mae West of cash and jewelry. The judge and a number of influential individuals praised Mae for her courage and her determination to fight in the open against thugs and blackmailers who attempted to prey on movie stars. Trial coverage was published in The N.Y. Daily News and other dailies on Saturday, 3 February 1934 and the following day.
• • On Monday, 3 February 1936 in Hollywood • •
• • There must have been a good reason why Paramount Productions published a "Klondike Annie: censorship dialogue script" on Monday, 3 February 1936. This script was 146 pages long.
• • On Thursday, 3 February 2000 in Singapore • •
• • "After 20 years, Mae West is bobbing up again," wrote The Straits Times in an article published on Thursday, 3 February 2000.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • George Raft, who is far, far better than Paramount thinks he is, glowers and frowns delightfully. But he needs Mae West to make it all count. Those who liked him in "Night After Night" may not like him as well in this.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I know what is vulgar and what isn't. I never have been vulgar on the stage, screen or radio. I never have taken off any of my clothes. I haven't even shown my leg. And what I say isn't vulgar. I just make fun of vulgarity, but people seem to insist on getting me wrong."
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• • The N.Y. Times mentioned Mae West.
• • Corey Kilgannon wrote: It was just another day at the old grind on Wednesday for Bruce Abrams, 66, an archivist at the Division of Old Records in Manhattan: the rat race commute, a brown-bag lunch and eight hours retrieving files and organizing archival material, as he has done for 30 years.
• • Corey Kilgannon explained: Well, one thing was different: Mr. Abrams had retired from the job the previous Friday and was no longer employed to tend this mazelike archive he treated as his own personal, cloistered garden, on the seventh and eighth floors of the Surrogate’s Court building at 31 Chambers Street. . . .
• • Corey Kilgannon noted: Where else might you find the tattered indictment of Mae West, connected to her scandalous 1928 Broadway show, “Pleasure Man”? . . .
• • Source: Article: "New York Court Archivist Isn’t Letting Retirement Stop Him" written by Corey Kilgannon for The N.Y. Times; published on Friday, 31 January 2014
• • By the Numbers • •
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