Monday, December 08, 2014

Mae West: Kid Sister

In 1933 a student in Virginia was such a fan of MAE WEST that her local paper wrote about her.
• • "Mae West, Clark Gable Are Residents at 116" • •     
• • Two movie stars, Mae Wesf and Clark Gable, have their home room in 116, Miss Nora Phillips's room, this term. At least there are two persons on the roll in this room who go by these names. The pupils call Mary Catherine Carpenter, who is vice-president of the junior class, Mae West, and Russell Walsh is Clark Gable. Mary Catherine, like Mae West, is popular with the public, as the office which she holds in the junior class shows. ...
• •  Source: Item on page 4 in The Monocle (Richmond, Virginia); published on Friday,  8 December 1933.
• • Beverly West [8 December 1898 — 12 March 1982] • •
• • Born in Brooklyn, NY on December 8th was an infant named Mildred Katherine West.
• • Mae's kid sister never liked her birthname and so, upon launching a professional career, she became "Beverly Osborne." A talented performer in her own right, she is commemorated with great affection on her birthday.
• • On Saturday, 8 December 1934 • •
• • Liberty Theatre Playhouse — Double feature on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday — Mae West in "Belle of the Nineties" and "The Defense Rests" with Jack Holt.
• • Source: Vassar Miscellany News; published on Saturday, 8 December 1934.
• • On Saturday, 8 December 1945 • •
• • "Visit by Mae West" • •
• • Mae West, the Hollywood actress, who is expected to visit Australia early next year. ...
• • It is not yet known whether she will appear on the Tivoli circuit or in town halls (in capital cities).
• • Source: Advocate (Tasmania); published on Saturday, 8 December 1945.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Too often, in Hollywood, we who are close to the business are liable to overlook something that is right under our nose. And especially when that something is somebody's popularity. Surely we know that Clark Gable is the first male box-office draw, and that Mae West is first among the women. We even know who is second and third on those two lists. But we are usually so blinded by the records of those first few that we often forget the rest.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "You learn to get along in life by studying life."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Spectator magazine mentioned Mae West.
• • Rather inaccurately, Robin Oakley has written:  In one of those old Mae West films a girl admires her friend’s jewellery: ‘Goodness, what lovely pearls,’ only to meet the reply, ‘Goodness, my dear, had nothing to do with them.’
• • Robin Oakley explained:  The same was true of the sealskin fur coat and silk stockings worn by the gorgeous Micheline Lugeon, a would-be beautician from Switzerland who became notorious on British race courses in the Sixties. Lugeon was the mistress of the high-rolling gambler-bookmaker Bill Roper.  ...
• • Source: Article: "The dark side of horse racing" written by Robin Oakley for The Spectator magazine [U.K.]; published on Saturday, 7 December 2013
• • 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 3065th 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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