Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Mae West: Alimony Plea

They were making a fuss over MAE WEST on July 22nd.
• • "Belle of the Nineties"  — — Mae West at the Strand • •
• • The inimitable Mae West will be the starring figure in "Belle of the Nineties," to be shown at the Strand Theatre to-morrow and Wednesday nights. With Roger Pryor, her leading man, as a fighting hero, John Mack Brown as a gallant lover, and John Miljan as the "tall and dark" menace Ace Lamont, Miss West plays the part of a diamond-crusted charmer, who gives up her title of burlesque queen of St. Louis to become the sweetheart of New Orleans.  The costumes are among the most beautiful ever seen on the screen. Miss West sings four "hit" songs in this production.  . . .
• • Source:  Singleton Argus (NSW);  published on Monday, 22 July 1935.
• • On Wednesday, 22 July 1942 • •
• • The dateline was Los Angeles, the headline was "Come Up and Sue Me Sometime." This was a news item suitable for the lachrymose intolerant.
• • The Argus wrote: Mae West, the film star, has asked for a divorce from her one-time vaudeville partner, Frank Wallace, charging him with cruelty.
• • The Argus explained: Wallace, reversing the usual procedure, is requesting alimony at the rate of $1,000 a month on the grounds that he is destitute. He contends that Mae West has a fortune of more than $1,000,000.
• • The Argus closed with: Mae West declares that she separated from Wallace the month after they were married in 1911.
• • Source: The Argus (Melbourne, Australia), on page 3; published on Wednesday, 22 July 1942.
• • Save the Date: Wednesday, August 13th • •
• • Wednesday, 13 August 2014 will be the next Mae West Tribute in Manhattan and the event will start at 6:30 pm at 425 Sixth Avenue. The theme will be: "Mae West in Bohemia — — Gin, Sin, Censorship, and Eugene O'Neill."   
• • Details:  August 13th event
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Ode to mayhem: To ask Mae West why, if she's such an infallible man-catcher, she does so little catching.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "A man in the house is worth two in the street."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article in Australia focused on Mae West.
• • "Mae West Achieves Fame With Her Books" • •
• • Sunday Times wrote: "Mae West is as great a favorite with a section of the world's reading public as she is with motion picture audiences, it was revealed recently on the arrival in Hollywood of the president of the company acting as her publishers.  . . .
• • Source: Article: "Mae West Achieves Fame With Her Books" written for The Sunday Times (Perth, Australia), printed on page 7; published on Sunday, 22 July 1934
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 10th anniversary • •    
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during this past decade. 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2962nd 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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• • Mae West with Jim Timony in 1942

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