Monday, September 07, 2015

Mae West: Richmond, Virginia

MAE WEST was still billing herself as "the Brinkley Girl" at the time of this vaudeville announcement noting her appearance (along with numerous variety artists) at the Lyric Theatre in Richmond, Virginia on Sunday, 7 September 1913.
• • Lyric TheatreKeith vaudeville all week; matinees daily • •
• • Lyric's New Vaudeville Blll • •
• • . . . The Three Alex, a male trio of aerial artists, with an offering distinctlvely different from most of the kind offered, will form another feature of the bill.
• • Mae West, the Brinkley Girl • •
• • Mae West, the Brinkley Girl, popular because of her beauty as well as the modiste's creations she will display in association with a number of specially written and selected songs, will give a bright touch to the performance.
• • The Big City Four, a male quadrity known as the leading black-face singing four of the vaudeville world, will add harmony as their end of the entertainment.   . . .
• • Source: Article (page 8) in The Times-Dispatch (Virginia); published on Sunday, 7 September 1913.
• • On Friday, 7 September 1934 • •
• • Grand Theatre — Second Week for Mae West • •
• • Film World wrote: Only films that prove more than usually popular are permitted to occupy the screen for two weeks at the Grand Theatre and, naturally, the Mae West success, "I'm No Angel," falls into this class. It will enter on its second and final week today, giving way to the fine Claudette Colbert comedy, "Three-Cornered Moon" (Paramount), next Friday.
• • Film World added: There may be different opinions about Mae West, but there is no doubt of her popularity today.
• • Source: The West Australian (on page 3); published on Friday, 7 September 1934.
• • On Wednesday, 7 September 1949 • •
• • The "Diamond Lil" revival enjoyed great success at the venerable Plymouth Theatre [236 West 45th Street]. It opened there on Wednesday, 7 September 1949 — — and had four months of performances (182 performances) on Broadway.
• • In his admiring review of her 1949 reinvigorated Bowery queen romp through her popular "naughty nineties" hit, The New York Times drama critic Brooks Atkinson admitted he was moved to acknowledge what he called — — in an atypically poetic effusion — — ''the sublime fatalism of the entire business,'' and he went on to ask: ''Is she kidding or is she serious?''
• • On Friday, 7 September 2001 • •
• • "Mae West and Ten Good Men" written by Jerry Boswell was staged at Yellow Springs Center Stage until Friday, 7 September 2001.  This wonderful community theatre in Ohio shut its doors, unfortunately, in 2003.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Keith John Moon [23 August 1946 — 7 September 1978] was an English drummer who appeared in  "Sextette."  This would also become the last film to star Mae West.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "Biographies — — that's what I like best.  I like everything that is true, I mean.  Everything that happened, otherwise I'm not interested.  If I wanna read fiction, somepin (sic) that isn't true, I can dream it myself if I want."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Writing a letter on 18 August 1933, Graham Greene mentioned Mae West.
• • Graham Greene wrote:  Hugh and I went and saw Mae West in "She Done Him Wrong"  — — an absolutely perfect film. The nineteeish atmosphere perfectly caught, showing up _ _ _'s spurious literary period air.  A completely original film in photography, acting, integrity: no sentiment to mar the amoral  story. You must see it  . . .  {Strand Hotel, Goteborg]
• • Source: Item in "Graham Greene: A Life in Letters";  published in 2011
• • 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 3261st 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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