Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Mae West: Never Was Official

MAE WEST was all over the headlines on July 8th, finally admitting to a walk down the aisle with Frank Wallace — — even as she leveled charges of bigamy against her former partner.
• • "Screen Siren Admits Vows" • •
• • Mae West Confesses She Married Wallace, But Hints at Bigamy • •
• • LOS ANGELES, Thursday, July 8 (AP) — — Buxom Mae West of the films, a woman of many diamonds and few words, after many denials has admitted she married Frank Wallace, a New York actor, 26 years ago. The admission came late yesterday in a brief answer to a suit brought by Wallace in an effort to establish the fact of his marriage to her.
• • Miss West previously publicly denied she ever married the actor, or had known him.
• • Miss West admitted she and Wallace were married in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, April 11th, 1911, but denied they had lived together as man and wife. When Wallace's original attempt to establish the marriage was made in New York in 1935, the actress commented tartly: "I never married Frank Wallace or anyone else. I was a school girl in 1911, too young to marry. I can't understand It."
• • Miss West asserted Wallace was married on February 6, 1916 to Miss Ray Blakesly and contended that, to her knowledge, there had been no dissolution of the West-Wallace union at that time. Wallace and the former Miss Blakesly were divorced in New Jersey in May 1935, the actress set forth in her answer.
• • To Wallace's complaint, he attached what was purported to be a copy of the marriage license, showing he was 21 years old and Miss West was 18 when they were wed.
• • "Mae's denials never have been official ..." • •
• • Miss West's answer was filed by Charles E.Millken. attorney, who said the actress' denials of the marriage, although frequent and pointed, never have been official.
• • Friday Miss West is scheduled to give a deposition in the office of Mr. Wallace’s attorney. Previously Miss West, on advice of counsel, refused to vouchsafe any information save her name and address in depositions. She faced a contempt of court citation, but in the meantime the original suit Wallace filed here was thrown out of court on the ground it was filed under the wrong statute. A new complaint was drawn.  . . .
• • Source: Article by Associated Press rpt in The Charleston Daily Mail (Charleston, West Virginia); published on Thursday, 8 July 1937.
• • On Sunday, 8 July 1928 in the Journal American • •
• • A reporter from the Journal American visited Mae West backstage after a performance of "Diamond Lil." He wrote a lengthy account of Mae West's formula for writing a play: "hire a room in a hotel, lock yourself in and go to work for as many hours as you can stand the pace. Then you grab a little sleep, get up and resuscitate yourself with a few tons of cold water and start all over again.  And so on until ...." The Journal American published this long article in their hefty weekend edition dated for Sunday, 8 July 1928.
• • On Monday,  8 July 1946 • •
• • Mae West's wisecracks delighted the critic for the Chicago Herald-American Copeland C. Burg. On Monday, 8 July 1946, writing about her sense of humor in the play "Come On Up," Burg observed:  "We never knew how vulgar we were until we saw Mae West in this new play.  Laughing with Miss West may be vulgar, yet it is honest vulgarity, and there's nothing wrong with that."
• • 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:

• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West is the most talked of star in the world.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "They say I’m a terrible woman, but I’m not really. I never drink or smoke.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A real estate magazine mentioned Mae West.
• • "Have You Heard: Mae West’s former UWS home on the market" • •
• • Real Estate Weekly wrote: As Mae West might say, “He who hesitates is a damned fool.ˮ
• • An Upper West Side brownstone the Bushwick-born screen legend once called home is being offered for sale though Dan Geller and Eric Kleinstein of Keller Williams NYC.
• • The 4,300 s/f turn-of-the-century house that was converted into a six-unit building, offers a buyer the chance to create the house of their dreams on a tree-lined street.
• • Or, it could be an investment. The building has air rights that allow for additional buildable area 2,500sf.  Geller and Kleinstein have listed the house at $6,399,999.
• • Known for her bawdy double entendres, Mae West made a name for herself in vaudeville and on the stage in New York before moving to Hollywood in the 1930s where she became one of the most iconic actresses of the century.
• • Source: Item written by REW Staff for Real Estate Weekly; published on Thursday, 3 July  2014  
• • 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 2952nd 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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