Friday, November 21, 2014

Mae West: Influence on Dolls

MAE WEST was so popular that collectible Madame Alexander dolls were fashioned after the actress, depicting the actress costumed for her iconic movie roles.  But Glenbow in Calgary, Canada cited this vintage newspaper article from 1933, indicating that the famous screen siren had a wider influence on toys than most people suspect.
• • Glenbow wrote: The dolls introduced for the 1933 Christmas season had a more rounded silhouette than those of the previous few years. The design of the dolls followed the "Mae West" profile, abandoning the sleek bob and tailored style that had been popular for more generous curves and dimples, and dresses based on the latest Paris creations.
• • Source: This Week in Western Canadian History; printed on Wednesday, 22 November 1933.
• • On Sunday, 21 November 1948 • •
• • It was on 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.
• • Until 21 November 2009 in Chicago • •
• • Mae West's play "Sex" was shown in Chicago until 21 November 2009. The production was staged by the Prologue Theatre Company and performed at the North Lakeside Cultural Center [6219 N. Sheridan Avenue in Chicago].
• • On Saturday, 21 November 2009 • •
• • On Saturday, 21 November 2009, "Operation Mae West" was conducted at Mui Woo Helipad. Numerous pictures were taken on this date by the Hong Kong Air Cadet Corps.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Hollywood —  I think that Mae West has done 'em more good than wrong. Every one was bent on calling a spade everything from a stiletto to a derrick when she stepped in, dug up all the hidden suggestions, put them on a gilded tray and served them hot.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "It's what they see in my eyes that counts."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Columbia Daily Spectator mentioned Mae West.
• • Don Greet wrote:  For one moment I think I am in heaven. I realize it is the Columbia Band. I am in hell. They are asking who made Mae West.  Henriette wants the answer. I mumble je ne sais pas, and I am ashamed.  ...
• • Source: Item in Columbia Daily Spectator; published on Wednesday, 21 November 1951 
• • 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 3053rd 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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