• • Last month (January), the vendor, House of Style, gave these details.
• • According to the seller, the Mae West Collection is valued at $340,000, however, the selling price for all three pieces is $265,000. It has become available this year because the current owner is deceased and his estate is being liquidated in Houston, Texas.
• • Stacey Bolin at House of Style wrote this paragraph: "Film Star Mae West designed and wore this collection of jewelry during her amazing career in the film [sic]. Kirk Root, Owner and Master Designer of Kirk Root Jewelry and Designs originally bought the collection years ago and then sold it at an auction to a private buyer, only to later buy it back do [sic] to his great love for her stardom and taste of elegance [sic]. It is a beautiful, wearable collection designed with style and elegant detailing of the old school film stars , her taste obviously reflected in the symmetry of the pieces. The watch has not been cleaned and her own DNA is present on the piece."
• • Jeweler C. Kirk Root [3 March 1961 — 8 January 2014], a Lone Star State native, recently lost his battle with melanoma cancer, which spread in his liver and bone. Kirk Root had been an ASA certified Master Gemologist Appraiser for over 25 years.
• • On Sunday, 5 February 1933 in New York World Herald • •
• • In an interview with New York World Herald in their Sunday issue, on 5 February 1933, Mae West boasted about discovering Cary Grant and getting him the role of Captain Cummings for her motion picture.
• • On Monday, 5 February 1934 in Scandinavia • •
• • "I'm No Angel" starring Mae West made its debut in Denmark on 5 February 1934.
• • On Wednesday, 5 February 1936 in the Hollywood Reporter • •
• • An article on censorship and the making of the film "Klondike Annie" was featured in the Hollywood Reporter on 5 February 1936. Variety also ran a story on the same topic on 5 February 1936.
• • On Saturday, 5 February 1949 on Broadway • •
• • Mae West fused herself to the persona of "Diamond Lil" like no other character she had ever played.
• • In the month of February, a Broadway revival of "Diamond Lil" opened at the Coronet Theatre [5 February 1949 — 26 February 1949]. This hugely successful revival was interrupted, alas, after a few weeks. Mae West broke her ankle on February 26, causing performances to halt after she slipped on a rug in her hotel room.
• • The trade papers sent their reviewers to the Saturday night performance on February 5th and most accorded it a favorable reception. The Daily News reporters enjoyed the "Diamond Lil" revival and admitted that they were laughing until they were fit to bust.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Any film involving Mae West was bound to attract the censors.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "When Tennessee Williams received an award as our greatest playwright, he said, 'I am not the greatest playwright, Mae West is.' He did use some of my ideas."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A book mentioned Mae West.
• • Thomas S. Hischak wrote: Revivals: 5 February 1949 [Coronet Thea; 181p]. Mae West reprised her naughty Lil and both reviews and business were good until the star broke her ankle three weeks after opening. ...
• • Source: "Broadway Plays and Musicals: Descriptions and Essential Facts" [McFarland]; published in 2009
• • 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 1,430 visitors. We reached a milestone this week: 3,100 posts. Wow!
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3108th 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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