The headline read "Cary Grant Wants MAE WEST as Co-Star in Remake of Film" on Monday, 16 May 1955. Let's investigate.
• • Hedda Hopper wrote: Cary Grant fell in love with Mae West all over again, so to speak, when he showed up at her Ciro's opening, and the renewed romance may net them both a million bucks. Seeing Mae again gave Cary, who was her first leading man, the idea that they should co-star in a re-make of their first film, "She Done Him Wrong." It would be sensational — — they'd not only make a fortune but history. No stars have repeated their original roles in a remake. And you couldn't keep the customers away from that one with a machine gun.
• • Hedda Hopper continued: Cary went backstage after the show. . . . Three other of Mae's former leading men attended: Steve Cochran, Phil Reed, and Jack La Rue. . . .
• • Source: Hedda Hopper's syndicated Hollywood column rpt in The Chicago Tribune; published on Monday, 16 May 1955.
• • On Wednesday, 15 May 1935 in the N.Y. Mirror • •
• • "Back in 1909 I was playing as a single at the Canarsie Music Hall in Brooklyn on the Fox circuit . . . One day after my performance a swell-looking woman came around back stage and told me she had a daughter who was a comer. She had seen my act, she said, and thought I could help her kid," Frank Wallace told the reporter from the New York Mirror.
• • The kid was a sweet 16-year-old brunette named Mae West. Frank and Mae immediately began rehearsing in the cellar of the West's Bushwick Avenue residence — — or so he claimed to recall (because city records for 1909 dispute that address).
• • On Saturday, 15 May 1948 • •
• • Mae West and Jim Timony boarded the ocean liner Queen Mary on Saturday, 15 May 1948 at Southampton, England for a return voyage to New York City, arriving in their home port on 19 May 1948.
• • On Friday, 15 May 1964 • •
• • Conservative Catholic publisher Martin Quigley owned the trade journals Motion Picture Daily and Motion Picture Herald.
• • Mae West was interviewed by journalist Martin J. Quigley for Motion Picture Herald. The article appeared in the Friday, 15 May 1964 issue of this popular fan magazine devoted to the doings (and the undoing) of the major screen stars.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West will visit Las Vegas soon to complete plans for building a gambling casino and restaurant. She will be featured in floor shows at the new establishment, which will be named "Mae West's Diamond Lil Casino Restaurant."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Love means one thing to one's parents and something else to another."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A book about radio mentioned Mae West.
• • Michele Hilmes wrote: So whereas the unruly loose woman, in the form of Mae West, had been banished from the radio airwaves altogether, the lavender gentleman lingered in the gaps between official censorship and moral censure. . . .
• • Source: Excerpt from "Radio Reader: Essays in the Cultural History of Radio" [Psychology Press, 2002]
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