Thursday, July 24, 2014

Mae West: Animal Attraction

MAE WEST admired animal trainer Mabel Stark and vice versa.  If you loved the circus scenes in "I'm No Angel," then here's a book you might enjoy.   
• • "The final confession of Mabel Stark" by  Robert Hough • •
• • 'You can't mix tigers and husbands. And anyhow, I prefer the tigers.' Barely five feet tall, suicidally courageous, obsessed with tigers and sexually eccentric, Mabel Stark was the greatest female tiger trainer in history. Clad in her leather suits and married five times, she was the Mae West of tiger taming. In the 1910s and 1920s, when circus was the most popular entertainment in America Mabel Stark was the biggest attraction for the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey circus. This vibrant and moving fictional autobiography begins in 1968. Mabel is turning 80 and is about to lose her job.  ...
• • Was Stark "the Mae West of tiger taming"?  Find out. Available from Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd. [released in 2012]. 
• • On Friday, 24 July 1936 • •
• • Mae West looking thinner. She tells friends the loss is 11 pounds, noted a Associated Press columnist.
• • On Saturday, 24 July 1937 • •
• • On Saturday, 24 July 1937, Thomas Cavanagh Bogue [1896 — 1944] was voted "The Most Original Gent" in his costume as "film star Mae West" at the Carnamah Girls Club's Masquerade Ball at the Carnamah Hall in Australia on 24 July 1937. Bogue, who was 41 at the time of the party, clearly had a great sense of humor.
• • On Thursday, 24 July 1997 • •
• • The book "Three Plays by Mae West: Sex, The Drag, The Pleasure Man" was published on Thursday, 24 July 1997.  The book's editor was Lillian Schlissel.
• • 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 • •
• • Mae West discovered a little eating place near San Fernando Valley. She liked it and went there often. Recently, the woman who operates the place was told to vacate, because of a non-payment of a mortgage. Mae found out, paid off what was left, and handed the deeds to the woman.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "'Why shouldn't I have paid off her mortgage? I wanted to keep on eating there, didn't I?"  
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article in a Texas newspaper mentioned Mae West.
• • At the El Paso Theatre — "Belle of the Nineties,” Mae West, Roger Pryor.
• • Source: Item in El Paso Herald Post; published on Saturday, 27 May 1961
• • 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 2964th 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.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online:

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• • Mae West event on August 13th

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