Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Mae West: White Fur Coat

MAE WEST, staying at the Ritz Hotel in Philadelphia during the 1940s, made an indelible impression on a local taxi driver.  Let's enjoy this front page story all over again.
• • Louis Antosh wrote: Cab driver Vincent Scullin has been called into the city of Philadelphia on several occasions. On one of these, a man stopped him outside the old Ritz Hotel back in the 1940s and asked to use his cab.  "But I'll ask you please not to smoke while Miss West is in the cab," said the man.
• • Louis Antosh continued: Vincent turned his head to the right and recalled his thoughts back then. Could it be Mae West? But she always carries those long cigarette holders in the movies (and she smokes onscreen). Then the hotel door opens and out walks Mae West! And brother, let me tell you she looked like a million bucks. White fur coat and dark glasses. Just between you and me and the gatepost. Whoo whoo! ...
• • Source:  Article (on page 1): "A Cab Driver's View of People" written by Louis Antosh for Delaware County Daily Times; published on Saturday, 13 May 1967.
• • On Sunday, 13 May 1956 • •
• • Blonde bombshell Jayne Mansfield encountered the very handsome Mr. Universe 1956 Miklos (Mickey) Hargitay on 13 May 1956, while attending a performance of the "Mae West Revue" at the Latin Quarter night club in Manhattan.
• • Twenty months later, Jayne Mansfield and Mickey Hargitay wed on 13 January 1958. They had three children and, alas, would divorce in 1964.
• • On Saturday, 13 May 1961 • •
• • Mae West posed with Gary Cooper in a tavern to celebrate the repeal of Prohibition. They socialized at several Tinseltown tete-a-tetes, too. On Saturday, 13 May 1961, the "Coop" lost his battle with cancer.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Harvey Thew, Paramount scenarist, is working on "Dead Reckoning." He also worked on "Ruby Red," which stars Mae West.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  ""There is something about big cats that appeals to me."  
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A Midwest newspaper reporter discussed Mae West.
• • Illinois reporter Claudia Cassidy wrote an article “On the Aisle: Mae West as a Connoisseur, Pronounced Sewer, of Amour” for the Chicago Tribune.  Cassidy's piece (with a rather nasty title) was printed on page 13  on Tuesday, 13 March 1945.
• • Source: Chicago Tribune; published on Tuesday, 13 March 1945
• • 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 3177th 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 • in a white fur stole during the early 1940s

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