Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Mae West: 20 Room Mansion

MAE WEST had a successful return to the nighteries, thanks to her sold-out show tour with "The Mae West Revue."  James Timony had died and her new steady companion was Paul Novak. Mae decided it was time to buy a stunning beach house in Santa Monica to entertain her friends in and this new development was announced n May 1955.
• • Hedda Hopper wrote:  Mae West is back in Hollywood for her night club act at Ciro's beginning Thursday.  She's bought herself a new home in Santa Monica — — 20 rooms, eight bedrooms and eight baths.  
• • Hedda Hopper's syndicated Hollywood column rpt in Chicago Tribune; published on Tuesday, 10 May 1955.
• • On Saturday, 5 May 1928 in The New Yorker • •
• • When John Huston [1906 — 1987] watched Mae West in the 1928 stage production of "Diamond Lil," the 22-year-old son of actor Walter Huston could not stop thinking about it. John saved his copy of The New Yorker [issue dated 5 May 1928] because he especially admired the illustration of a corseted, glittering, winsome Mae by the Mexican artist Miguel Covarrubias. 
• • Soon after, the two men collaborated on Huston's fascinating book "Frankie and Johnny." Huston traced the origins of this American folk song even the versions that follow Frankie to the gallows and he wrote a new play about it. The Covarrubias sketches add a lot of charm.
• • On Saturday, 5 May 1934 • •
• • "Mae West Arrives" was the headline on page 11 in Queensland's Morning Bulletin on Saturday, 5 May 1934.  A host of compliments ran, like a elegant train, behind her.
• • Morning Bulletin wrote: Mae West makes you greedy. When you see "She Done Him Wrong" you want more and more of Mae. She is like the most thrilling serial story in the world.  ...
• • On Saturday, 5 May 1934 in Iowa • •
• • The Mason City Globe-Gazette (Iowa) readers saw this enticing headline on Saturday, 5  May 1934: "Mae West says: 'Hail to all Mason City!'"
• • "I'm coming Back to Show at a Local Theater in My First Starring Picture." 3 BIG DAYS — — TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY "Come up and see me sometime! Hear me sing "Frankie and Johnny" and other songs. See me strut my stuff.  ...
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West, upon finishing her starring role in Paramount's "She Done Him Wrong," leaves for personal appearances in New York, Brooklyn, Chicago, and other eastern spots.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "The prison doors closed behind me. That's my story."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article on a British painter mentioned Mae West.
• • I seem to remember a vintage Mae West movie in which the redoubtable old send-up sways up a staircase, in her usual dignified and derisive manner, behind a genuinely stately butler. 'What are these?' she mutters, rolling those cunning eyes at a series of dark oil paintings.
 • • 'These, madam, are the old masters,' says the butler. 'They look like a bunch of old mistresses to me,' says Miss West, the facial muscles scarcely moving.   . . .
• • Source: Article (P. 19) in the London Spectator; published on Thursday,  5 May 1966 
• • 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 3,497 visitors. And 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 3171st 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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