Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Mae West: New Yorker

New York native MAE WEST caught the attention of The New Yorker Magazine and we are above and beyond delighted.
• • Above and Beyond • •
• • “Mae West in Bohemia” • •
• • The New Yorker wrote: The red brick Venetian Gothic building towering over the Avenue of the Americas at West Tenth Street wasn’t always the cozy branch of the N.Y.P.L. that it is today. Until 1945, it was the Jefferson Market Courthouse, where, in 1927, the actress, singer, writer, and Brooklyn native Mae West was convicted on obscenity charges for “Sex,” the Broadway play she wrote, produced, directed, and starred in. The historian, author, and dramatist LindaAnn Loschiavo is giving an illustrated talk in the very building where the iconic bombshell was found guilty. The presentation, subtitled “Gin, Sin, Censorship, and Eugene O’Neill,” recalls Greenwich Village in its bohemian heyday, shining a light on West and the playwright O’Neill, whose controversial works caused him to come under fire in New York City in the same era.
• • (Jefferson Market Library, 425 Sixth Ave. 212-243-4334. Aug. 13 from 6:30 to 8.)
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• • On Sunday, 13 August 1961 in Miami • •
• • "Come On Up" was having a revival in the summer of 1961.
• • After touring the Midwest, "Come On Up" was staged in August in Miami's Cocoanut Grove Playhouse (air-conditioned, we hope).  "When the final curtain rang down, not a single customer made a rush to the exit. Everybody sat glued to his seat and Mae West took repeated curtain calls, from about the most enthusiastic audience I have ever seen in this theatre," gushed a critic for the Miami Beach Sun. Ticket-holders commented on "the fabulous appearance of Mae West," who was putting her energy into "Come On Up" when she was 68 years old and in full command of the crowd.
• • Source: Article: "Mae West Oomph Creates New Interest in Theatre" appeared in the Miami Beach Sun; published on Sunday, 13 August 1961.
• • N.B.: Years later the comedy "Come On Up" would morph into a cinematic venture named "Sextette."
• • 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 Tribute to Mae West
• • The New Yorker announced it to their readers in the "Above and Beyond" section:
• • The New York Times announced it in the "Spare Times" section last Friday — —
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • "Mae West Says Next Film Will Be Funny”   Mae West said today she is going to play a cattle queen in her next picture. . . . . “The story was too censorable as they gave it to me,” she said, “so I rewrote it.  It’s going to be funny, but it will also be safe.”
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "The crew at Jefferson Market were most courteous. They didn't want anything to happen to me before I got to Welfare Island, I guess. I was ushered into a waiting-room. There was a colored woman, with a gold badge, in charge."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article in a  newspaper discussed Mae West.
• • "Hailing Mae West, Pioneer of Feminism and Eroticism" • •
• • An article in a newspaper discussed Mae West's staying power.
• • Bob Thomas wrote: 100 years after her birth, Mae West remains a hot number.
• • Why the continuing interest in a star who died 13 years ago and whose heyday ended 50 years ago?   "Because Mae West, of all artists in the century, was the most innovative, original and provocative," theorized Roger Richman, who manages merchandising rights for her, W.C. Fields, Marilyn Monroe, the Marx brothers and 40 other dead but everlasting stars.
• • The sultry charmer remains as popular as ever through television reruns and videocassette sales of "My Little Chickadee," "She Done Him Wrong" and other classics, her hourglass figure on ties, T-shirts and other merchandise, and radio commercials imitating her sly, innuendo-laden voice . . .
• • Source: Syndicated feature written by Bob Thomas, Associated Press; rpt in
 The Buffalo News (Buffalo, NY); published on Sunday, 15 August 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 2979th 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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