There was a curious headline about MAE WEST in the Australian papers in mid-September. In truth, the star of stage and screen often hired former boxers when they had retired from the ring. Mae also showed her generosity to old worn-out boxers, prize-fighters her father once knew.
• • "Boxer Now Chauffeur Paid for Seeing Mae West All the Time" • •
• • SYDNEY, September 18. Dado, the Filippino bantam-weight boxer, who fought Blandon in Melbourne two years ago, has retired from boxing, and is chauffeur to the film actress, Mae West. Dado is estimated to have spent a fortune of £60,000 during his boxing career, most of it on horse racing.
• • Source: Article rpt in The Mercury (Hobart, Tasmania); published on Saturday, 19 September 1936.
• • On Friday, 19 September 1919 • •
• • It was on Friday, 19 September 1919 that Mae West was booked on the vaudeville circuit, where the New York City critics caught her 16-minute act. Showing off her figure in a dramatic black and white gown and one stunner made of silver shimmer, the 26-year-old performer selected three songs: "Laughing Water," "Yankee Boys Have Made a Wild French Baby Out of Me," and "Everybody Shimmies Now." Harris Music Publishers boasted in a short news article that they had published those songs.
• • Though Variety looked askance at one of Mae's more daring dance numbers, complaining that the movements were "a bit broad for vaudeville," the reviewer had to admit something. "Mae West shows a marked improvement in method and delivery," he wrote.
• • On Wednesday, 19 September 1928 • •
• • Variety used their hammer on Mae West more often than a judge uses a gavel. Variety published a review (on page 46) in their issue dated for Wednesday, 19 September 1928. The title was "Oh, My Dear, Here's Mae West's New Show — Get a Load of It and Weep." Weep for Diamond Lil? Thanks a heap, Variety.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • It's a pity that the pendulum of public approval, which has been swinging so far to the smutty side, should suddenly fall back and sock Mae West. Mae is such a great personality and I'm only hoping that she will come out in one of those hard-boiled but soft-hearted characters who are always helping people and don't want any one to know it. She might well write a story about herself and play it, now that it is going to be fashionable to be decent.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "There is something about big cats that appeals to me."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The papers in New Zealand mentioned Mae West.
• • "At the Grand Theatre" • •
• • "My Little Chickadee" starring Mae West and W. C. Fields — —and every line a laugh ...
• • Source: Item in Bay of Plenty Beacon; published on Friday, 20 September 1940
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