MAE WEST, who famously quipped she had been in more laps than a napkin, was denying one man the privilege of cuddling up to his nuptial natterings. Frank Wallace was giving as many interviews as the screen star. At this point, film fans were still believing Mae's version.
• • "Mae West Sticks to Story" • •
• • HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (A.P.) — Let them say what they want, and dig up all the musty old papers they please, but Mae West has her story and she's sticking to it. There are no missing husbands in her life, she says, because "No guy ever led me to the altar." And that, said the buxom Mae decisively, goes for the startling discovery of a marriage license issued to a Mae West and a Frank Wallace in Milwaukee on Tuesday, 11 April 1911.
• • "Me a Milwaukee bride?" said Mae. "No! It must have been two other people. Fact is, I never had been in Milwaukee until about four years ago. But I'll tell you this: Since last January, by actual count, eight guys have called me up and insisted they were married to me some place or other. But I never was married to them — — or Frank Wallace or anyone else. And I ought to know if I ever married or not, oughtn't I?"
• • The "She Done Him Wrong" Gal Talks • •
• • There has been a general uprising of Frank Wallaces throughout the country. Already several have turned up. Their ages range from 71 years to 31. One Frank Wallace said he had known Mae professionally on the vaudeville circuit. Mae at first denied ever hearing of Wallace, but later remembered he had worked in the same show. Then along came another Frank Wallace in New York City — —— very much alive but discreetly restrained from talking by his agent.
• • In New York, Jack Linder, producer of Mae West's "Diamond Lil" on Broadway in 1928, said that Frank Wallace had been given a job in the show at Miss West's insistence. ...
• • Source: Syndicated article rpt on page 3 in The Paris News (Paris, Texas); published on Tuesday, 23 April 1935.
• • On Saturday, 23 April 1927 • •
• • In her hometown newspapers, Mae West's short prison sentence was being played for comedy not tragedy. The N.Y. Daily News reported on Saturday, 23 April 1927 that the inmate was writing a new play in jail and had job offers waiting. "A night club wants her to mop up the floor in prison costume for a few weeks at a fat salary," ran the article.
• • On Tuesday, 23 April 1935 in The Hollywood Reporter • •
• • A review of "Goin' to Town" appeared in The Hollywood Reporter in their issue dated for Tuesday, 23 April 1935.
• • On Sunday, 23 April 2006 • •
• • Voice of America featured "Mae West: The Wild Woman of Film and Stage" on Sunday, 23 April 2006.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • "Paramount in Players" • •
• • Paramount presents an unrivaled list of "name" players headed by The Big Five — — Colbert, Cooper, Crosby, Dietrich, and West — — five box-office names unmatched in drawing power by any similar group in any other company.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Adam sure started something. Men are a very important subject."
• • Mae West said: "No guy ever led me to the altar."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Lubbock Morning Avalanche mentioned Mae West.
• • "Is He Mae West's Husband?" • •
• • Associated Press wrote: Mae West, "hoofer," married Frank Wallace, "hoofer," in Milwaukee in 1911. Mae West, screen actress, said it must have been another Mae West because she herself is a spinster.
• • Associated Press added: Anyhow, here is Frank Wallace, left, In this singing trio which appeared on Broadway several years ago in Mae West's "Diamond Lil." With him are Jo-Jo and Pat Whalen (right). (The Associated Press Photo is not shown here.)
• • Source: Item in The Lubbock Morning Avalanche; published on Thursday, 25 April 1935
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