Monday, October 27, 2014

Mae West: Britten Smitten

MAE WEST had an admirer in the British composer and pianist Benjamin Britten [1913—1976].
• • Writing in his diary on Saturday, 26 October 1935, Britten noted:  Have to see Doone (which I do at Bridges) about Timon).  ... Meet Henry Boys in evening. He is a nice person. Eat with him and see Mae West in "Goin' to Town." She is a very great personality. ...
• • Source: "Journeying Boy: The Diaries of the Young Benjamin Britten 1928—1938" by John Evans [Faber and Faber, 21 October 2010].
• • On Saturday, 27 October 1934 • •
• • Picture-goer, Britain's publication for film fans, discussed costumes designed for Mae West for her latest movie "Belle of the Nineties" in an issue dated Saturday, 27 October 1934.
• • On Sunday, 27 October 1935 • •
• • Which actresses would be most popular in 1936?  The L.A. Times weighed in on the merits of Mae West, Katharine Hepburn, and Jean Harlow in an article printed on Sunday, 27 October 1935.
• • On Tuesday, 27 October 2009 • •
• • "Mae West Wrote Plays; Pity We Can Only Read Them" was the title of an intriguing book review written by Rick Whitaker.  It was published on Tuesday, 27 October 1997 in the peach-colored newspaper The New York Observer. The title under discussion was this: "Three Plays by Mae West: 'Sex,' 'The Drag' and 'The Pleasure Man'," edited by Lillian Schlissel [Routledge, 246 pages]. Excellent book.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • London born actor Richard Peel will be seen as Christian, the Sussex Score Hotel's British chef in "Sextette" starring Mae West.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Like many people, they treated me like a bank."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Collegian mentioned Mae West and printed a terrific photo of her.
• • Mae West in "I'm No Angel." Loew's. Starting today!
• • Source: Item in The Collegian (University of Richmond);  published on Friday, 27 October 1933 
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 10th anniversary • •    
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during this past decade. The other day we entertained 1,223 visitors. 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3034th 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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