Saturday, November 22, 2014

Mae West: Immortal Icon

At age 87, MAE WEST suffered a series of strokes which finally resulted in her death on Saturday, 22 November 1980 in Hollywood, California.
• • The actress took her final breaths quietly in her Hollywood apartment (Ravenswood). Private services [conducted by Dr. Lloyd Ogilvie and attended by about 100 close friends and family] were held in the Old North Church at Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills.
• • Her eulogy, written by Kevin Thomas and delivered by producer Ross Hunter, concluded: “Mae West always said that no one was ever to feel sorry for her, and she would not want anyone to start now. Mae West figured that in one way or another she would live forever. And she probably will.”
• • Entombment was in the West family mausoleum at Cypress Hills Abbey in Brooklyn, New York.
• • Cause of death: Complications from stroke
• • Burial: Cypress Hills Cemetery
• • Brooklyn, Kings County, New York, USA
• • Photo: Mae West, promotional shoot for "Diamond Lil" in 1928
• • On Friday, 22 November 2013 in NYC • •
• • Mae West's most successful play "Diamond Lil" was performed in Jefferson Market Library on Friday, 22 November 2013 in the evening. The performance was dedicated to the Brooklyn bombshell, whose career soared after her successful run as the Queen of the Bowery onstage at the Royale Theatre.
• • And Mae West's legal woes have also inspired the stage play "Courting Mae West." Folks came to see it on Saturday, 23 November 2013 in the very same room where Mae faced off with Judge George Donnellan and 12 jurors.
• • Darlene Violette, starring as Mae West, appeared with Joanna Bonaro, Jim Gallagher, Sidney Myer, Dena Tyler, Melvin Lima, Kimmy Foskett, Jeffrey Johns, and Jane Aquilina. The popular Mae West raffle followed.
• • The play, based on true events, is set during the Prohibition Era when Mae's plays were padlocked and she was sent to jail. Talk about a woman who climbed the ladder of success wrong by wrong.
• • On Friday, 22 November 2013 in Manhattan • •
• • The annual commemorative supper for Mae West was hosted by LindaAnn Loschiavo.  The "Diamond Lil" cast and crew kept the festivities vibrant.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West wore the famous West diamonds, and made a late entrance very impressively.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "This is the greatest age for women. They no longer have to sit primly on a straight-backed chair with hands folded, waiting for some guy to come and make a pass at them."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Union Leader (New Hampshire) mentioned Mae West.
• • PSU presents "The Pleasure Men" • •
• • The Union Leader wrote: The Department of Music Theatre and Dance at Plymouth State University will present “The Pleasure Men” on November 21-24 in at the Silver Center for the Arts.  “The Pleasure Men” is a deconstruction of Mae West's infamous 1928 play “The Pleasure Man.” The production portrays Mae West as a character and connects the play in relevant and revealing ways to contemporary life.  ...
• • The Union Leader wrote:  “The Pleasure Men'' is a physical theatre work containing original music, popular jazz music, acrobatics, aerial silks, drama, improvisation, comedy and fabulous drag queens and kings.
• • The Union Leader wrote:  Director Robin Marcotte said that Mae West's original production was the first to “queer” Broadway by inviting drag queens from Harlem to portray themselves on the Broadway stage. Police raided the production and the entire cast as well as West were arrested and charged with indecency. All were eventually acquitted by a jury.   “This production is for mature audiences, and those who do not blush easily,” Robin Marcotte said.  ...
• • Source: Article: "PSU presents 'The Pleasure Men' by Mae West" was printed in the Union Leader; published on Thursday, 21 November 2013 
• • 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 3054th 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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