Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Mae Wes: Miel Saan

In 1970, MAE WEST worked with an international cast on "Myra Breckinridge."
• • Miel Saan [16 May 1938  — 20 December 2000] • •
• • Born on Monday, 16 May 1938, Miel Saan became an actress. The pretty brunette was 20 years old when she got her first Broadway break; she was cast as a replacement for Lily in the popular drama "The World of Suzie Wong" [14 October 1958 — 2 January 1960].
• • According to Bob Ellison, he once had to interview an aspiring Asian actress named Miel Saan. "Yep, that was her name. And she not so casually mentioned she’d been doing both Bob Evans and Steve McQueen."  Curious about this, Ellison asked Miel Saan: “Who’s better in the sack?” And, he recalled, without missing a beat, that she replied, “You kidding?! A guy with a bad back — or one who rides a Harley!” Did it help her career? Not too much, as it happened.
• • In 1960, she played Lola, a minor role, in TV's "Hawaiian Eye" on this episode: "Kakua Woman." Typecast in Oriental roles, she won the part of Look Gow in "Confessions of an Opium Eater" [1962]. Five years later, she was on TV again in "Felony Squad."
• • In 1970, Miel Saan had the good fortune to be cast in bit part in a Mae West movie, "Myra Breckinridge." The following year, she made her last screen appearance in "Smoke" [1971].
• • Miel Saan died in New York, NY on  Wednesday, 20 December 2000. She was 62.
• • On Monday, 23 December 1929 in Los Angeles • •
• • Mae West took her "Diamond Lil" cast to the West Coast where she hoped to meet with Hollywood producers who would help bring the popular stage play to the silver screen. After a booking in San Francisco, Mae moved to her final California destination: Los Angeles. An article about Mae was published in The L.A. Times on Monday, 23 December 1929.
• • On Tuesday, 23 December 1947 • •
• • On Tuesday, 23 December 1947, the Loew's State Theatre offered its last vaudeville show. Dave Apollon, who appeared in 1922 with Mae West in "Ginger Box Revue," closed with a performance on his mandolin.
• • On Sunday, 23 December 1984 • •
• • "West and Owney Had a Hot Romance" was a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the bootlegger and Cotton Club owner Owney Madden, who was Mae's lover, written by film critic Kevin Thomas and printed in The Los Angeles Times on Sunday, 23 December 1984.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Q. Did Mae West really make all those wisecracks, spontaneously, over the telephone to the thirteen editors in the nation-wide interview, or did she have rehearsals?
• • A. She did not have rehearsals. Mae's wit, both off the screen and on, is, apparently, as endless and as spectacular as her wardrobe.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "My left leg is Christmas. My right leg is Easter. Why don't you come up and visit me between the holidays?"
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A South African paper mentioned Mae West.
• • Editors Ink: Dreaming of Mae West's men • •
• • George Herld Editor Ilse Schoonraad wrote: A well-run campaign may just coerce traditional males to treat their loved ones with kindness and respect without leaving them feeling emasculated.
• • Ilse Schoonraad  wrote:  Iconic Hollywood actress Mae West famously said: "Every man I meet wants to protect me. I can't figure out from what."    South African women have figured it out. Now we just need Mae West's men.
• • Source: Column in the George Herald; published on Thursday, 4 December 2014
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 10th anniversary • •    
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during this past decade. Yesterday we entertained 1,430 visitors. 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3076th 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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