Monday, December 29, 2014

Mae West: Ottawa Booking

The Canadian vaudeville booking for MAE WEST was announced in the New York Clipper on Saturday, 27 December 1913.  Notice that Mae was still touring as a single in late December. However, during 1914 she would team up with the Italian accordionist and composer Guido Deiro for months of well-paid joint engagements on the variety artists' circuit of big time vaudeville.
• • "Next Week's Bills: December 29, 1913 — January 8, 1914" • •
• • U.B.O. Time • •
• • Ottawa, Can. — Dominion Theatre — Britt Wood — Vandinoff and Louie —Chas. Prelle's Dogs — Imhoff, Conn, and Coreene — Leitzel and Jeanette — Nevins and Erwood — Mae West.
• • On Sunday, 29 December 1912 • •
• • In the Sunday morning newspapers on 29 December 1912, readers noticed that B.F. Keith was offering "Dinkelspiel's Christmas" along with "MAY WEST — singing comedienne" [yes, the newspaper spelled it "MAY WEST" in their 29 December 1912 ad].
• • The 14th Street theatre is, alas, long gone but we can only imagine how much fun we missed since, alas, we were not around to dial STuyvesant 3400 to reserve a ticket.
• • On Wednesday, 29 December 1937 • •
• • Variety did an article on the ill-fated broadcast Mae did on NBC: "Mae West Case Big Dilemma in Washington."  This piece was printed in Variety on Wednesday, 29 December 1937.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • "My Old Flame" will be introduced by Mae West, with Duke Ellington and His Orchestra, in her next picture "Belle of the Nineties."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "Call me anything, but call me often."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An Illinois newspaper mentioned Mae West.
• • "Yule Party was a Merry Affair" • •
• • True Republican wrote:  For the best costumed women, the first prize was given to Mrs. Lois Kingsnorth, costumed as Mae West. The second prize went to Dorothy Bartlett, wearing a clever costume depicting rationing troubles, and the third to Mrs. Laverne Weddiger, dressed as an old-fashioned lady . . .
• • Source: Item in True Republican Illinois); published on Tuesday, 29 December 1942 
• • 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 3080th 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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1 comment:

  1. Wow, that is fantastic sleuthing regarding Mae West's late December 1913 booking, in my home town, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. I had never previously know this fact. I had been aware that she had been booked in hamilton, Ontario, and of course Mae West played the Gaiety Theatre in Montreal in 1951 in a revival of "Diamond Lil" Mae was signed to perform this revival in Vancouver , B.C. as well, but she sprained her ankle in NYC during a slip in her hotel bathroom and the tour was cancelled.