MAE WEST made several appearances in the daily diary of Carl Van Vechten, who attended all of her stage plays and often had good things to say. Van Vechten wed the Russian actress Fania Marinoff in 1914; he refers to her by her surname in this note for June 29th.
• • This excerpt is from Carl Van Vechten's journal entry for Tuesday, 29 June 1926.
• • Carl Van Vechten wrote: Dinner in with [Fania] Marinoff and then to see Mae West in "Sex" at 63rd Street Theatre. After we came home, we made 8 quarts of raspberry brandy. In bed about 1 . . .
• • Source: entry in "The Splendid Drunken Twenties: Selections from the Daybooks, 1922 — 1930" written by Carl Van Vechten.
• • Note: An actress from the time she was a child in Odessa, Fania Marinoff [1890 — 1971] spent much of her life in the shadow of her husband, Carl Van Vechten and, despite all of her stage credits, Marinoff was known to many mainly as “Carlo’s wife.” In spite of this, Marinoff was a woman who had achieved in her own right. Marinoff enjoyed considerable success during the 1910s and the 1920s, performing in New York City and on national tours. She appeared in a variety of shows, from classical plays to theatrical experiments. She also appeared in a few films during the silent era.
• • Carl Van Vechten was married to Fania 1914 — 1964 (his death). He died on 21 December 1964 in New York City. He was 84.
• • Fania Marinoff died in 1971 in Englewood, New Jersey from pneumonia. She was 81.
• • On Friday, 29 June 1934 • •
• • Mae heard more than enough objections about "It's No Sin" from Joe Breen, Catholic priests, and the censors in New York State. "If they think it's too warm, I'll cool it off," Mae told a Newsweek reporter. On Friday, 29 June 1934 an article appeared in The Los Angeles Herald. Mae assured the paper that she wanted to satisfy the censors. "You can never say," emphasized Mae, "that I refused to meet somebody half way."
• • On Saturday, 29 June 1935 • •
• • Paramount liaison John Hammell wrote diplomatic letters to Will Hays but his skills were sorely tested by the "Klondike Annie" project. One of Hammell's soothing missives (dated for 29 June 1935) explained: "The ending of our story will be a romance between Mae West and one of the characters in our picture, and it will indicate for the future a normal life and nothing that will bring condemnation from the most scrupulous."
• • On Tuesday, 29 June 1937 • •
• • Mae West was doing her part in Singapore to keep an English-speaking audience entertained on Tuesday, 29 June 1937.
• • Singapore-based readers of The Straits Times on Tuesday, 29 June 1937, saw this announcement on page 5: "Don't come up and see me sometime! Come up and see me TONIGHT!"
• • Mae West stars in "Go West Young Man" — — with Warren William and Lyle Talbot at the Pavilion Theatre — — 2 showtimes at 6:15 pm and 9:15 pm. Snappy and saucy and crammed with laughs.
• • And a seductive headshot of Mae West, printed with the text, was quite fetching. This isn't the same image — — but we love it.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • In past years, Steel Pier showcased some of the biggest names in show business, including Mae West, Guy Lombardo, and Benny Goodman.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "You learn to get along in life by studying life."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Billboard mentioned Mae West.
• • "Come On Up, Ring Twice," with Mae West at the Cass Theatre, Detroit.
• • Source: Item in Billboard; published on Saturday, 29 June 1946
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