Monday, August 24, 2015

Mae West: O.M. Steiger

MAE WEST worked with many international actors in "Goin' to Town" such as this Swiss native who was born on August 23rd.
• • O.M. Steiger [13 November 1878 — 23 August 1953] • •
• • Born in  Switzerland, O.M. Steiger came into the world on Wednesday, 13 November 1878. He became an actor at age 57 and his first role was as a French butler in "Goin' to Town" [1935]. His Hollywood career was quiet short, perhaps due to language issues as well as his maturity. He was seen as a town resident in "Swiss Miss" [1938], and for the last time in "Johnny Angel" [1945], where he played a Frenchman.
• • O.M. Steiger died in Los Angeles, California on Sunday, 23 August 1953. He was 74.
• • On Monday, 15 August 1921 • •
• • It was Monday, 15 August 1921 and Mae West was enjoying her debut in "The Mimic World" playing controversial characters such as Shifty Liz.
• • With "The Mimic World of 1921," the Shuberts had hoped for a big hit. Additionally, this revue was inaugurating their new roof theatre, Century Promenade, that featured a restaurant and a promenade overlooking Central Park. However, the show opened to mixed reviews from a number of top critics.
• • Mae West wore a daring black velvet dress onstage, "cut at either side to display her bare hips," wrote Women's Wear [24 August 1921], quaking under such a sartorial shock. Clearly, this was Whoopee Wear.
• • On Sunday, 15 August 1993 • •
• • Molly Haskell wrote an article "Mae West's Bawdy Spirit Spans the Gay 90s" and it ran in The New York Times, Section 2, on Sunday, 15 August 1993.
• • On Wednesday, 13 August 2014 • •
• • On Wednesday, 13 August 2014 there was a fascinating Mae West Tribute in Manhattan. The theme was: "Mae West in Bohemia — — Gin, Sin, Censorship, and Eugene O'Neill."   The event was announced in several major media outlets, including The New Yorker and The New York Times.  And on August 13th, it was billboarded on the front page of the NYPL's site, causing a happy stampede to 425 Sixth Avenue.  Yes, truly a-Mae-zing. If you attended, then you know how much fun we had.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • "I'm No Angel" is doing three times the business of "She Done Him Wrong," Mae West informs us.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:   "I'm like Will Rogers — all I know is what I read in the papers."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An item on the Shubert's next attractions mentioned Mae West.
• • Billboard wrote: Mae West will be the opener for the Shubert, coming September 2nd for a 3-week stay in "Come On Up." Then "The Fortune Teller" is supposed to follow, coming from the West Coast, with Helen Hayes . ...
• • Source: Article: "Mae West Opens Shubert" written by Billboard staff for Billboard Magazine ("Legitimate" on page 44); published on Saturday, 24 August 1946
• • 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 3251st 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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