MAE WEST used to ride in the two armored cars owned by her friend Texas Guinan, a speakeasy hostess whose partners were gangsters. Then the day came when Mae, too, felt in need of protection as she was driving around Los Angeles.
• • "Film Star's Fears — — Armored Car Is Sought, Police Guards" • •
• • LOS ANGELES, April 12. Mae West, the beautiful blonde film star, has decided to order an armored motor car to protect herself against attacks by gangsters. Since she gave evidence against hold-up men who robbed her of valuable jewels, her life has been made a misery by threats, which continue to be made by letter and telephone. She was so upset today at further threats received, that she was obliged to stop work on her new picture.
• • Bullet-Proof Glass • •
• Motor car firms have quoted £900 extra for a car made proof against guns up to .45 calibre, and £1,500 extra for a car with a tempered steel body and bullet-proof glass to withstand machine gun fire.
• Mae West is constantly attended by the chief detective of Hollywood's gangster squad, and his second in command. These officers say that suspicion turns to Chicago, where Harry Voiler, one of three men indicted here on the jewel robbery charges, has secured 13 adjournments of the Los Angeles authorities' application for his extradition.
• • Mae West was formerly a stage actress. She appeared in the talkies "Night After Night" and "She Done Him Wrong," which were screened in Adelaide some months ago. Another of her pictures, "I'm No Angel," is expected to be shown here soon.
• • Source: Article: News (Adelaide); published on Friday, 13 April 1934.
• • On Tuesday, 11 April 1911 in Milwaukee • •
• • According to Time Magazine: Myrtle Lorraine Sands, a young woman who used to work in Los Angeles, where she had fun spotting film folk in public places, is now in charge of re-indexing the records of births, marriages, and deaths in the office of the County Register of Deeds, Milwaukee. One day last fortnight, when she happened upon Marriage Certificate No. 40553, Myrtle Sands's eyes bulged, her heart jumped. The certificate proclaimed the union of Frank Wallace and Mae West, of Brooklyn, N. Y., April 11, 1911. . . [Time, 6 May 1935].
• • Mae West and Frank Wallace (Frank Szatkus) tied the knot on Tuesday, 11 April 1911, but Mae claimed they did not live together. Mae described herself as a kiss-less bride. Shortly after, Wallace wed another woman and Mae married Guido Deiro. Mr. and Mrs. Wallace divorced officially on 23 July 1942.
• • On Thursday, 11 April 1912 • •
• • As a teenager, Mae West was cast in the Broadway musical "A Winsome Widow," onstage from 11 April 1912 — 7 September 1912. During the second act, one of her ensemble numbers was "Toodle-oodle-oodle on Your) Piccolo" — — billed as a performance by Willie Grow and Girls — — which did not win the favor of each and every critic in town, alas.
• • Despite the razzing she got for "Toodle-oodle . . .," Mae West's character La Petite Daffy won some acclaim for her display of vivacity and sauciness. "Mae West assaults the welkin vigorously," applauded the New York Dramatic Mirror.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Nemo sat down for an old- fashioned chat with May Robson, on the "Orchids and Onions" set, the other day. It's a joy to talk to that blessed old trouper for she's as full of amusing personal anecdotes as Mae West is of curves. And that's something!
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "If somebody didn't know, they'd think I'm 26."
• • Mae West said: "If you want to be sexy, you've got to think about sex all the time."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The N.Y. Times mentioned Mae West
• • Howard P. Chudacoff wrote: Nor should it be thought that riotous fun was confined to one gender. Flappers and the “new woman” of the 1920s, symbolized by Edna St. Vincent Millay, Clara Bow and Mae West, used bravado and eroticism to breach patriarchy’s barriers to pleasure. . . .
• • Source: Book Review section in The N.Y. Times; published on Friday, 4 April 2014
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