Thursday, April 23, 2015

Mae West: Petty Larceny Grafters

Vaudevillian MAE WEST may have broken the heart of Bud Burmester in 1924 but he rose to her defense when the Frank Wallace rumors were raging. Let's see how a true Romeo behaves.
• • "Burmester Denies He Wed Mae West; Terms Her Lady" • •
• • FORT WORTH, Texas, Apr. 23 [A.P.] — — If R. A. Burmester ever was married to Mae West, he won't be the one to break into print with it at this late date.
• • He denied here today a rumor he had married her in 1924, and paid high tribute to Miss West as a lady and an artist.
• • "Mae West is a lady and an artist in the truest sense," Burmester said. He criticized persons  who for the sake of publicity link their names with hers.
• • "She gained her present high eminence in the theater and on the silver sheet entirely by her own efforts.  She never got a break from anybody. She's entitled to the greatest admiration and respect."
• • "I consider it most unsportsmanlike for petty larceny grafters to attach themselves to her skirts and thus attempt to share in her reflected glory," he went on.  "This goes double for those who are trying to make a mountain out of a molehill by dragging out the rumor of an alleged license."
• • Source: Article from the wire services rpt in The Daily Illini; published on  Wednesday, 24 April 1935.
• • On Saturday, 23 April 1927 • •
• • In her hometown newspapers, Mae West's short prison sentence was being played for comedy not tragedy. The N.Y. Daily News reported on Saturday, 23 April 1927 that the inmate was writing a new play in jail and had job offers waiting. "A night club wants her to mop up the floor in prison costume for a few weeks at a fat salary," ran the article.
• • On Tuesday, 23 April 1935 in The Hollywood Reporter • •
• • A review of "Goin' to Town" appeared in The Hollywood Reporter in their issue dated for Tuesday, 23 April 1935.
• • On Sunday, 23 April 2006 • •
• • Voice of America featured "Mae West: The Wild Woman of Film and Stage" on Sunday, 23 April 2006.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Bill Hendricks, manager of the Warner theatre at Memphis, is back from the coast after an eight-day visit as the guest of Mae West at the Paramount studio.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "Eight guys have called me up since January. I counted them. They tell me they're married to me, but it must be two other girls. I can't copyright my name, you know."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Urbana Daily Courier mentioned Mae West.
• • "Mae Sticks To Her Story" • •
• • "Says No Guy Ever Led Me to Altar; Thinks Maybe Somebody Has Done Her Wrong" • •
• • Hollywood [U.P.] — Mae West slipped a diamond studded fist onto her hip today, dropped her stream-lined chassis into reverse, and backed out of her eighth reported marriage in three months.  Sure, this ain't the first time, said the buxom, blonde film siren, continuing to deny she was the same Mae West who got a license in Milwaukee in 1911 to marry one Frank Wallace.  I've been told I'm somebody's wife so often, I'm beginning to feel like a grandmother.  . . .
• • Source: United Press article rpt in Urbana Daily Courier  (Illinois); published on Tuesday, 23 April 1935
• • 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 3163rd 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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