On March 9th MAE WEST was in the headlines along with the House of Windsor when photographs of Princess Margaret, costumed as the screen queen, were part of a lawsuit.
• • As children during the 1930s, Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret occasionally impersonated the iconic American film star.
• • Then in September 1978, 48-year-old Princess Margaret [21 August 1930 — 9 February 2002] attended a private party, lavishly costumed as the Brooklyn bombshell. Some "amateur dramatics" were offered for the enjoyment of the attendees.
• • Guess what happened next? Photographs of Princess Margaret costumed as Mae West and Roddy Llewellyn as a wizard, taken at Anne Tennant's private party, were pilfered and published in the Daily Mail, a British tabloid. This scandalous bit of money-grubbing was heard in London's High Court during the month of March.
• • "Court Wrangle Over Pictures of Margaret as Mae West" • •
• • The photographs were taken by the Princess's Lady-in-Waiting Anne Tennant at a party she and her husband, Colin Tennant, gave at their Scottish home last September. . . .
• • But Lady Anne said the photographs were later taken from her London home by her own son, Mr. Charles Tennant, without her consent. He gave the purloined pictures to a man, Michael "Muddy" Waters, who sold them to the Daily Mail for 3,000 pounds sterling . . .
• • The photographs showed Princess Margaret dressed as Mae West and as a Valkyrie, a woman warrior in Norse mythology. ...
• • Source: Article: The Glasgow Herald; published on Friday, 9 March 1979.
• • On Thursday, 9 March 1933 • •
• • On Thursday, 9 March 1933, a letter was sent by Will H. Hays, President, MPPDA, to James Wingate, Director, Studio Relations, Association of Motion Picture Producers. The bone they had to pick was Mae West's "She Done Him Wrong." Hays emphasized: "I cannot too strongly urge you to proceed in the strict enforcement of the Code. ..."
• • Did Will Hays tuck into others as much as he cut into Mae West?
• • On Monday, 9 March 1936 • •
• • It was inside their weekly issue dated for Monday, 9 March 1936 that readers could read a review of "Klondike Annie" printed in Time Magazine.
• • On Tuesday, 9 March 2004 • •
• • Starring Mae West, "Myra Breckinridge" [20th Century Fox, 1970] was issued as a DVD Release on Tuesday, 9 March 2004.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • "Sextette," the 1978 film in which Ringo Starr appeared with Mae West, is being re-released in New York.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Here are the things I never can resist: tall, dark handsome men, diamonds, writing stories in bed, reading, calling policemen by their christian names, and food, more food!"
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Los Angeles Examiner mentioned Mae West.
• • The Los Angeles Examiner did not go crazy for "My Little Chickadee." Their man on the aisle wrote that "'some moments are funny but others are embarrassing." . . '
• • Source: review in The Los Angeles Examiner; published on Saturday, 9 March 1940
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 10th anniversary • •
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