Thursday, August 06, 2015

Mae West: Kissless Kiss-Off

When speaking about her brief, impulsive marriage to the vaudevillian Frank Wallace, MAE WEST called herself a "kissless bride." For all that, the 1911 elopement was technically still on the books for several decades since neither spouse had applied for a divorce. Mae took about two years to hem and haw, telling reporters she had no idea who he was and, moreover, she had never been to Milwaukee. News clippings about the show they both were cast in, "A Florida Enchantment" [1911], of course, proved otherwise.
• • "Mae West Divorced" • •
• • Los Angeles, August 5 ( A.A.P.) — The film star, Mae West, has divorced Frank Wallace, whom for years she had insisted she had never married. She later admitted that they were married in 1911.
• • Source:  Item (on page 2) of The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld.); published on Friday, 6 August 1943.
• • On Tuesday, 6 August 1912 • •
• • In 1912 a teenage Mae West was invited to perform again at Hammerstein's Victoria. The singing comedienne was booked for a week-long engagement that began on Tuesday, 6 August 1912.
• • 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

• • Details — — Mae West Tribute: Triple Treat in 2015 
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • N.Y. Times film critic Andre Sennewald saw in Mae West a welcome relief from those “sulphurous sex-dramas” starring Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "Marriage is a great institution.  As I've always said, no family should be without it."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Michael Jackson's sister Janet discussed Mae West.
• • Janet Jackson said: “And I would watch TV: The Three Stooges and cartoons. Bugs Bunny, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Speed Racer — — those were my favourites. I always tried to do an impression of Donald Duck but I could never get my voice to sound like that. The first impression I did was of Mae West but I can’t do it any more.  . . ."
• • Source: Article in The Guardian; published on Wednesday, 27 August 1986
• • 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 3239th 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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