Friday, March 13, 2015

Mae West: Chi-Chi Starlite Room

On Saturday, 14 March 1959, there was a large, lovely portrait of MAE WEST in The Desert Sun on page 2. Diamond decorated and well-coiffed, the iconic entertainer was about to unveil a new act.
• • The Desert Sun announcement read: Mae West, the fabulous “Diamond Lil" In person, whose "Come up and see me sometime" became a household phrase throughout the world, will unveil her new cafe act, complete with muscled Adonises, dancers, and singers at the Chi-Chi Starlite Room Sunday, for one week preceding her Las Vegas date. 
• • In addition to her racy wit, come-hither wiggle, and seductive charms. Miss West will display a new $25,000 wardrobe by the nation's top coutouriers — — and probably even some of her last year's diamonds, emeralds, and such. 
• • Comedian Harvey Stone, a top favorite with nitery audiences in New York, Miami, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles, completes the Chi-Chi bill.
• • Source: Item in The Desert Sun;  published on Saturday, 14 March 1959.
• • On Tuesday, 13 March 1934 • •
• • Correspondence was flying back and forth from the Hays Office regarding "It Ain't No Sin" starring Mae West. It was on Tuesday, 13 March 1934, that the censors objected to yet another song.
• • On Saturday, 13 March 1937 in the gossip columns • •
• • Mae West declined Ted Peckham's invitation to the premiere of "Lost Horizon."
• • On Saturday, 13 March 2010 in England • •
• • Written by Caroline Boucher, "My Tea with Mae West" recalled an afternoon visit with the star at her home in 1974. Boucher's essay was published in The London Guardian on Saturday, 13 March 2010.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • In Hollywood they speak of Mae West as Paramount's hope chest. But she's bigger and broader than that, if we may be permitted to say so. We do say so, and thanks for the loan of the hall. Of course, Mae West doesn't know it — and neither does Paramount — but in some circles she's considered a wholesome influence.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: “No gold-digging for me. I take diamonds! We may be off the gold standard someday.”
• • Mae West said: "Gold goes up and down. So does everything else. But there'll always be dames wanting diamonds and guys to buy them."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The New Movie Magazine discussed Mae West.
• • Herb Howe wrote:  And I don't mean to say that all stars are entirely synthetic.
• • Herb Howe wrote:  Mae West, f'r'nstance. Mae gives her heart, her soul, her everythin'. Conceives her stories, writes her lines, sings her songs herself and has such a way with reporters that Paramount has had to substitute bouncers for press-agents on her set.
• • Herb Howe wrote:  And, while others were wiring complaints to the President, Mae was wiring a plea to the Governor of South Carolina to pardon a technician of the company who broke jail ten years ago and has been a good boy since. It's all I can do to keep from wiring General Johnson to exempt Mae. I mean no blanket code should cover Mae!
• • Source: Item by Herb Howe for The New Movie Magazine; published in January 1934 
• • 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 recently when we completed 3,100 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3134th 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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• • Mae West • playing the piano at home in 1959

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