Thursday, October 23, 2014

Mae West: Prom Nom

MAE WEST served as New York University's Prom Queen in 1927. Her name was also raised as a possible candidate by the all-male Ivy League academy Columbia University on Friday, 23 October 1936.
• • "Senior Committee to Select a Queen" • •
• • Henry R. Lieberman, chairman of the Publicity Committee, has sent telegrams to thirty prominent screen and stage actresses asking them to rule at the ball. He said that if more than one actress consents to appear, he will run a stagger system and let each queen preside for a few minutes. Among the Hollywood and Broadway personalities Lieberman has telegraphed are Mae West, Jean Harlow, Marlene Dietrich, Ginger Rogers, Claudette Colbert, Gypsy Rose Lee, and Georgia Sothern.
• • Source: item on page 1 in The Columbia Daily Spectator (NYC); published on Friday, 23 October 1936.
• • On Friday, 23 October 1931 • •
• • It was on Friday, 23 October 1931 that the New York City tabloid Evening Graphic reported on the very strange fan letters Mae West was receiving.
• • On Tuesday, 23 October 1934 • •
• • Mae West's popular film "Belle of the Nineties" ended its run at The Stanford Theatre in Connecticut tonight after the manager added extra showings on Tuesday, 23 October 1934.
• • On Thursday, 23 October 1986 in New Scientist • •
• • The British publication New Scientist was greatly troubled by the new technology that could add color to vintage black and white motion pictures.
• • New Scientist wrote: "Nowadays, less and less is left to the imagination . . . Now Mae West's eyes will glint in colour as she delivers her barbed line, "Is that a gun in your  pocket or are you pleased to see me?" 
• • If this hilarity amuses you, then you must read the rest in New Scientist's issue dated for Thursday, 23 October 1986 on page 65.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Alfred L. Rigali, theatrical producer, died on Friday, 23 October 1942. He was in Cincinnati, directing the road company of "The Pursuit of Happiness."
• • In 1927, Rigali was much in the limelight with Mae West after censorship difficulties in the production of the stage show "Sex." He testified at her obscenity trial in Jefferson Market Court.
• • Alfred L. Rigali, age 56, was survived by his widow, a daughter, and a son.
• • Alfred L. Rigali is heard as an off-stage voice in the final scene of Act I of the play "Courting Mae West." Contradicting the prosecutor, Rigali insists that Mae West and Barry O'Neill were not trying to have intercourse during a seduction scene, emphasizing, "No, there was no touching! The actors would have smeared their make-up."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "My Dad, who was sorry I wasn't a boy, taught me gymnastics and acrobatics and used to box with me."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • London's Spectator mentioned Mae West was in "a Cary Grant film." What's that???
• • Robin Oakley wrote: In a Cary Grant film [sic] in which she effectively played herself, Mae West declared, "When I’m good I’m very good, but when I’m bad I’m better."
• • Source: Article: "Golden Age" written by Robin Oakley for The Spectator  [U.K.]; published on Wednesday, 15 November 2006 
• • 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 3032nd 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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• • Mae West onstage in "Sex" 1926

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