Thursday, July 17, 2014

Mae West: A Kissing Bride

The court compelled MAE WEST to admit she kissed.
• • "Mae's a Kissing Bride — — It's on the Record Now" • •
• • LOS ANGELES, July 16 — UP — Mae West officially was declared a "kissing bride" today — — Mrs. Frank Wallace.  The New York dancer's suit to prove he had married Miss West in Milwaukee in 1911 and she had lived as his wife was upheld by Superior Judge Robert W. Kenny. The jurist also ordered the actress to pay the costs of the suit.
• • In a move by her counsel, Charles E. Milliken, Miss West admitted she was a kissing bride and her denial that she ever had lived with Wallace as his wife was ordered stricken from her answer.
• • The court also ordered stricken the actress's charge that Wallace had married Ray Blakeley in 1916 and was divorced from her in 1935, while still married to Miss West.
• • Miss West was reported still in seclusion.
• • Source: News by United Press rpt in Daily Illini; published on Saturday, 17 July 1937.
• • On Sunday, 17 July 1932 in The L.A. Times • •
• • Interviewed for The L.A. Times by California reporter Muriel Babcock,  Mae West told her, "The screen doesn't require as much acting of a certain type. The camera catches the slightest facial movements, the slightest twitch of an eye." The complete interview appeared in the weekend edition on Sunday, 17 July 1932.
• • On Sunday, 17 July 1949 • • 
• • "Mae West Fell In Hotel, Claims Dollars" was the front page headline of The Sunday Herald (Sydney, NSW) on Sunday, 17 July 1949 .
• • The star of stage and screen sued New York's Hotel Chatham for $250,000 in damages for injuries received in a fall in her bathroom there. She alleged that a defective floormat caused the fall, which made her "sick, sore, lame, and disabled." Additionally, the actress was prevented from continuing to earn 3,000 dollars weekly as the star of the play "Diamond Lil." The fall, she said, broke bones in her left ankle.
• • 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 • •
• • St. Petersburg gets the new Mae West picture "I'm No Angel" at the same time as the big cities of the northern states.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Men is my business."
• • Mae West said: "I enjoyed my success with no false humility and no coy hiding of my ego under a basket.  I had worked very hard since a teenager."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article in a London publication mentioned Mae West.
• • John Lyttle wrote:  Hugh Hudson never trashed his actors the way Michael Sarne did. Sarne's line on Raquel Welch is legendary, a thing for movie buffs to quote: 'She is useful only as a joke.' Critic Rex Reed, cast as the pre-sex change Myra, was merely 'dreadful.' True, Mae West was praised, but John Huston was dismissed as an 'old hack'.  . . .
• • Source: Item written for The Independent (U.K.);  published on Saturday, 17 July 1993
• • 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 2959th 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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