Thursday, July 30, 2015

Mae West: Court Order

On Friday, 30 July 1937, the Los Angeles headline was this:  "Miss MAE WEST — — Court Declares She Was Married in 1911." 
• • "Husband's Request Refused" • •
• • LOS ANGELES (U.S.A.), July 29 — — The Court has Issued an order declaring that Miss Mae West, the screen actress, was married to Mr. Frank Wallace, a vaudeville artist, on April 11, 1911.  It has, however, refused Mr. Wallace's request for an order declaring that they are still man and wife.
• • The Court's order is the outcome of a lawsuit brought by Mr. Wallace to compel her to admit the relationship, and to divide their joint property, which, he alleges, exceeds 100,000 dollars (£Aust 25,000).  Miss West for many years denied that she had ever been married, but early this month she admitted that Mr. Frank Wallace became her husband 26 years ago.  Miss West denied that she had ever lived with him, and alleged that he subsequently "remarried" without obtaining a divorce from her.
• • Source:  News (page 12) in The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW); published on Friday, 30 July 1937.
• • On Friday, 30 July 1937 • •
• • The headline read: "Marriage of Mae West — Court Order Sought." And the legal battle was ever so much longer than their "kiss-less" conjugality.
• • Los Angeles, July 28 — A petition by Frank Wallace, a vaudeville performer, for an order decreeing that he and Mae West, the film star, were still man and wife, was refused by the Court today. The Court was satisfied, however, that the two had been married on April 11, 1911.
• • Miss West admitted early this month that she had married Mr. Wallace in 1911, but denied that she had ever lived with him. She alleged that he had married again without having obtained a divorce from her.  Mr. Wallace brought an action to compel Miss West to admit their relationship and divide their community property, which, he said, exceeded £20,000.
• • Source: The Argus (Australia); published on Friday, 30 July 1937.
• • On Tuesday, 30 July 1957 in The N.Y. Times • •
• • Mae West sued Hollywood Confidential Magazine for defamation and the trial began in early August 1957 in Los Angeles. On Tuesday, 30 July 1957, The N.Y. Times ran an item explaining the issues at stake. Mae submitted sworn depositions to avoid testifying in person.
• • Save the Dates: 3 Mondays in August 2015 • •
• • Onstage Outlaws — — Mae West and Texas Guinan during the Lawless Prohibition Era • •
• • 3 events commemorate the Brooklyn bombshell’s August birthday in the room where she faced a judge who sent her to jail • •
• • New York's Annual Mae West Tribute: to celebrate the birthday of Brooklyn bombshell Mae West, on August 3rd and on August 10th, her films will be shown at 6:00pm. The first one, "Sextette" [1978] will be screened on August 3rd. Then "Go West Young Man" [1936] will be screened on August 10th. The August 17th multi-media presentation will feature light refreshments (courtesy of East Village Cheese) and a raffle. You could win rare films starring Texas Guinan. Or maybe a rare reprint by The New Yorker’s caricaturist Alfred Freuh or by a famous N. Y. Times illustrator.
• • Refreshment sponsor: East Village Cheese

• • Details — — Mae West Tribute: Triple Treat in 2015 
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West talks the best sex-appeal you've ever heard.  The world, the more important world called Hollywood, is completely sold on the idea that Mae slays 'em.  The result is the pleasant tinkle of silver running through the box-office.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:   "I'm a single gal with a single-track mind. And it doesn't run to matrimony."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Photoplay mentioned Mae West.
• • Ned Wayburn Can Prepare You for a career on the Stage, Screen or Radio.
• • He has helped up the ladder of fame Al Jolson, Mae West, Fred Astaire, Marilyn Miller, Will Rogers, Grace Moore, W. C. Fields, Jeanette MacDonald, Eddie Cantor, Patricia Ellis, Hal Leroy, Grace Bradley, and hundreds of other famous stars.  . . .
• • Source: Item in Photoplay; published in the issue dated for July 1935 
• • Note: Eighteen-year-old brunette Mae West got her first big break when she was cast in the legitimate show "A la Broadway" at New York's Folies Bergere Theatre. Ned Wayburn Mae's former dancing teacher who was staging this, pulled her in. The revue premiered 22 September 1911 and lasted eight performances.
• • In his earlier magazine advertisements, Ned Wayburn ticked off the numerous "stars" he had helped — — names that few people will recognize today. Ironically, Wayburn had omitted Mae's name, not crediting their teacher-student link until she was signed by Paramount Pictures.
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 11th anniversary • •    
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past eleven years. The other day we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 3,200 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3234th 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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