Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Mae West: Francis of Assisi

MAE WEST sits on a smiling crescent cardboard moon, proudly displaying her wedding ring. A Queensland, Australia newspaper offered this vintage portrait to their readership on August 11th in 1937.
• • "Come up and see me some time," says Mae West, photographed here with her husband, Frank Wallace, 26 years ago. (By Air Mail)
• • Source:  Photo with caption (page 3) in Cairns Post (Qld.);  published on Wednesday, 11 August 1937.
• • On Friday, 11 August 2006 • •
• • The Catholic Herald is published in Ireland.  An odd image in color appeared at the top of page 1 (right side): a portrait of Mae West with Francis of Assisi, announcing this peculiar cover story: "What Unites Mae West and Saint Francis? Father Michael Seed explains on page 9." This was printed in the issue dated for Friday, 11 August 2006.  Fascinating. 
• • Of course, Mae West was a dedicated animal lover and also learned to ride a horse as a child. She shares these traits with Texas Guinan. Mae mavens will learn more about both women next Monday.
• • 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] was screened on August 3rd. "Go West Young Man" [1936] will be screened next week 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 

• • Here's the NYPL link http://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2015/08/17/onstage-outlaws-mae-west-and-texas-guinan-during-lawless-prohibition-era 
• • Here's a fascinating article on speakeasy queen Texas Guinan written by syndicated columnist Lenore Skenazy New York's Night Club Queen Was as Big as Texas
• • Here's an interview with Mae-maven LindaAnn Loschiavo A Conversation with NYC Playwright LindaAnn Loschiavo
A Conversation with NYC Playwright LindaAnn Loschiavo 
• • The weekly events magazine Time Out New York recommended this event:
Time Out New York recommends "Onstage Outlaws Mae West and Texas Guinan"
• • Details — — Mae West Tribute: Triple Treat in 2015
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae would not answer questions while a photographer took her picture, lest he get a less than flattering shot.

• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "Never let a man put anything over you except an umbrella."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A Canadian publication discussed Mae West.
• • The Montreal Gazette wrote:  Mae West — — “Her head, eyes and mouth were constructed for a simple nose, but nature presented her with a complicated one — —  interestingly modeled, but bringing the eyes too close together.”  . . .
• • Source:  The Montreal Gazette; published on  Friday, 17 November 1933 
• • Note: This interesting greeting card offered eight different quotes by Mae West. one on each step. The fifth step, for example, said: "Sex is like a small business. You gotta watch over it." 
• • Which other well-known Mae-isms do you think were included? 
• • 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 3242nd 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.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/

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• • Mae West • in 1933

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