Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Mae West: Stage Deli

The film "Myra Breckenridge," starring MAE WEST was advertised in The Desert Sun on Tuesday, 18 August 1970 for the SunAir Drive-in Theatre in Palm Springs on Highway 111. The movie was rated X and admission was $1.75 per car.
• • On Sunday, 18 August 1935 • •
• • In 1935 the discovery of Mae West's marriage license was still big enough news that The Gleaner carried a story on 18 August 1935 saying that Frank Wallace and Trixie Le Mae were visiting her mother, Lena Carey.
• • "Yesterday, incidentally, was Miss West's birthday," revealed her former husband Frank Wallace to the news media, "and — — she was 42."
• • "The nerve of a brass monkey," was Mae West's response.
• • On Monday, 18 August 1952 • •
• • The Lake Whalom Playhouse in Fitchburg, Massachusetts was happy to invite a Broadway star to delight its New England audience. Mae West was featured in their Program dated for the week of 18 August 1952.  Mae was starring in the play "Come On Up" (first known as "Ring Twice Tonight").
• • On Wednesday, 18 August 1954 • •
• • In her Hollywood column, syndicated on Wednesday, 18 August 1954, Louella Parsons wrote: "Mae West, who knocked them for a loop in Las Vegas, is at Malibu taking a vacation before she opens in Reno."
• • On Monday, 17 August 2015 • •
• • Here are two pictures taken in New York City at the annual celebration of Mae West's birthday.  
• • Mae-maven extraordinaire Walter Egielski won a coveted 1928 sketch of Mae as Diamond Lil. 
• • Greenwich Villagers Maura Tobias and Sheldon Silberstein won a rare set of Texas Guinan films.
• • Topaz Lennard left the event and went home like royalty in a brand new chauffeur-driven limousine, courtesy of Bill's Limo. Standing next to the energetic cabaret singer is the company's CEO, William Dossena.  

• • More August 17th photos will be posted soon.
• • Find out more about this year's event:
• • 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 • •
• • You could hardly call Mae West's desire to buy a ranch an extravagance or an indication of a desire to live high. The ranch is to be for her family members to live in.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "Whenever I see people putting it on, I know they're phonies. They aren't the real goods and they've got something to cover up."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A book review mentioned Mae West.
• • "Lunching at the Stage Deli" • •
• • Meryle Secrest wrote: The 1950s were a great period for Hirschfeld, a decade of one thrilling production after another, a postwar release of vitality that brought with it the pulsing beat of “The Pajama Game” and the sad-eyed mastery of Bert Lahr in “Waiting for Godot.”  Many talents — — Mae West, Fred Allen, Mike Todd, and Milton Berle among them — — caught Hirschfeld’s eye as they lunched at the Stage Deli.  . . .
• • Source: Book Review by Meryle Secrest in Washington Post;  published on Wednesday, 5 August 2015
• • Note: The Stage Deli, located on Seventh Avenue (two blocks from Carnegie Hall), was a well-known New York City delicatessen, patronized by numerous celebrities. It was first opened in 1937 by Russian immigrant Max Asnas and became known for Broadway-themed dishes.  Citing higher rents, The Stage Deli closed on 29 November 2012, unfortunately. 
• • 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 3247th 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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• • Mae West • at Mae's tribute on 17 August 2015, NYC

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