A year before she starred in her own play "Sex," MAE WEST was active on the vaudeville circuit and rehearsing new material. In October 1925 she was starring as the biblical character Salome, the daughter of King Herod II and Herodias, in a frisky feature in New Jersey.
• • Vaudeville News wrote: Mae West is to be seen in a new act by Ted McLean, entitled "Salomy on Broadway," under under the booking direction of Alf T. Wilton. A special set is to be carried with the supporting company consisting of eight people. The act opened at Red Bank, New Jersey this week.
• • Source: Item in Vaudeville News; published on Friday, 30 October 1925.
• • True Mae-mavens will recognize that name. After Mae West read the play "Following the Fleet" (written by J.J. Byrne and Ted McLean), it did not suit her idea of a vehicle that would make the most of her talents. Working with a female collaborator, Mae reworked their script into "Sex."
• • On Tuesday, 30 October 1934 • •
• • Film Daily printed this: Markesan, Wisconsin — Mae West, screen star, has purchased Elizabeth Heberling, trotter, from Dr. D. R. Edwards, local veterinarian. For the present the horse will remain in the Edwards stables and will tour the race circuits next year with the rest of his racers. ...
• • Film Daily's cost was 5 cents. John W. Alicoate was the Editor and Publisher.
• • Source: News Brief: "Mae West Buys Race Horse" published in Film Daily, Vol. LXVI, No. 102; printed on Tuesday, 30 October 1934.
• • On Saturday, 30 October 1948 • •
• • It was on Saturday, 30 October 1948 that Mae West signed an Actor's Equity Association Stock Jobbing Contract on Equity's letterhead in New York. The Broadway star of "Diamond Lil" was agreeing to a weekly salary of $2,500, and the play would be opening in Montclair, New Jersey in the month of November — — on Sunday, 21 November 1948.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Carl Brisson presented Mae West with a duck. She takes the duck to the studio every day and lets him swim in the fish pond. She calls him "Scram" because whenever she says "scram!" to him he hides under the sofa.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I'm a tonic to tired housewives. My style of vamping makes the women rest easy. I, myself, hate those slinky dames."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Columbia Daily Spectator mentioned Mae West on the front page.
• • "Freshmen Succumb to Mae West Lure" • •
• • The Mae West influence has "got" the Freshmen. The yearlings were having their tri-weekly swimming lesson. One of their number dove into the pool and stayed beneath the surface for a long time. As the seconds passed and the swimmer failed to reappear, the suspense of the onlookers became terrific. Finally a small white-faced Frosh standing at the foot of the pool could restrain himself no longer. Half anxiously, half facetiously, he leaned forward and murmured faintly, "Why don't you come up some time?" He came up.
• • Source: Item on page 1 in Columbia Daily Spectator (NYC); published on Monday, 30 October 1933
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