Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Mae West: Hancock Park

Nat King Cole became the first black person to live in the well-off suburb, which has been home to the likes of MAE WEST, Howard Hughes, Katherine Hepburn, and others.
• • But his arrival in 1948 sparked protest from other residents — — starting with a legal battle by the Hancock Park Property Owners Association to try to prevent him from buying the house.
• • The association's efforts failed and the jazz pianist continued with the purchase. The group then tried to buy the house from him.
• • The Independent reports that a previously unpublished covenant for the property states that the home was for whites only and not for 'any person whose blood is not entirely that of the Caucasian race' — — with the only exception being for servants.
• • The same year that Cole and his family moved to Hancock Park a US Supreme Court ruling banned racially restrictive property covenants.   . . .
• • Source: The Daily Mail [U.K.];  published on Monday, 26 May 2014.
• • On Monday, 27 May 1935 • •
• • It was Monday, 27 May 1935 — — and Mae West fans were lining up to see the screen queen in "Goin' to Town" opening its exclusive engagement at the Capitol Theatre in Ontario, Canada.
• • That week in Ontario, these feature films were onscreen: "The Bride of Frankenstein" starring Boris Karloff and "Loves of a Dictator" starring Olive Brook (at the Tivoli).
• • On Friday, 27 May 2005 • •
• • Talented artist Tom Tierney released his wonderful "Mae West Paper Doll" book on Friday, 27 May 2005.  Dover published it. You must have a copy in your collection of Westian.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • She has been very provoking lately. The people who made "Klondike Annie" told her that she would have to go to Alaska to obtain authentic data for the story and steep herself In the right kind of atmosphere. Miss West said that she was afraid of the sea and would not under any condition put her foot on the deck of a steamer. Actresses can do that kind of thing in Hollywood.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I didn't have to learn about 'bad' women as every woman knows how 'bad' a woman could be if she makes up her mind to it."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An Australian publication discussed Mae West.
• • "Screen Notes: By Preview" • •
• • "Miss West Offends the Australian Censor:  Brush with Officialdom" • •
• • Preview wrote:  So Mae West has at last shocked the Australian film censor. When he was shown a print of her latest picture, "Klondike Annie" (it is called "Klondike Lou" in the United States), he disapproved so strongly of her behaviour that he refused permission for the film to be shown in any State in Australia.   ...
• • Source: The Argus (Melbourne); published on Wednesday, 27 May 1936
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started nine years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2922nd 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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