Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Mae West: Screen Siren

MAE WEST was coming to the Rialto, her fans learned on Sunday, 16 September 1934.
• • Rialto Bills Mae West's Latest Production "Belle of the Nineties" for Last of Week • •
• • Daily Illini wrote: The much heralded "Belle of the Nineties," starring the screen's most famous siren, Mae West, opens a three-day engagement at the Rialto Thursday. The star wrote her own story and her supporting cast is all it should be.
• • Daily Illini noted:  The story is dated as per title and the piece is appropriately attired and staged, representative of the gallant southland of the gay and naughty nineties.  Duke Ellington's orchestra also appears in the picture.
• • Source:  Daily Illini (Illinois); published on Sunday, 16 September 1934. 
• • On Saturday, 16 September 1911 • •
• • Variety reviewed the cabaret show (issue dated for Saturday, 16 September 1911) while "A la Broadway" was still in rehearsal.  Choreographer Ned Wayburn helped Mae West, who studied dance with him, get into the cast.
• • On Monday, 16 September 1928 • •
• • Mae West's play "Pleasure Man" opened on a Monday evening on 16 September 1928 at the Bronx Opera House in New York City.
• • On Saturday, 16 September 1933 • •
• • The film crew had called it a wrap for "I'm No Angel" in early September.  Then on Saturday, 16 September 1933, James Wingate of the Hays Office in Los Angeles sent a Western Union telegram to a colleague on the East Coast. "Just saw the 'Angel' picture,"  Wingate wrote. "We think it is satisfactory with exception very few lines still under discussion."  He added, "Much better than we expected."
• • On Tuesday, 16 September 1947 • •
• • "Mae West on Way for London Show" was the jolly headline in a few Australian publications on Tuesday, 16 September 1947.  Fans learned that the Hollywood icon was sailing to England on the Queen Mary to begin assembling a British cast for "Diamond Lil."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Owen Moore is back from New York to play with Mae West in her first Paramount starring vehicle, "Ruby Red." He is abandoning a personal appearance tour which started in Hollywood last April and which has taken him through the South and East. Other cast assignments add Noah Beery, David Landau and Dewey Robinson to this story of the rowdy nineties.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "I think a woman may owe a man a lovin'.  But not a livin'!"
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A Hollywood memoir mentioned Mae West.
• • British biographer Charles Higham wrote:  For a Friends of the Library Banquet at USC honoring the late author Moss Hart, I took Mae West as my date. That evening, in a play scene, Truman Capote portrayed Sheridan Whiteside . . .
• • Source:  Noted in the book "In and Out of Hollywood: A Biographer’s Memoir" written by Charles Higham (Terrace Books); published on Tuesday, 27 October 2009
• • Note: The London, England native Charles Higham, a celebrity biographer, journalist, and author, died of a heart attack at his Los Angeles, California home in April 2012.  He was 81. In another post we'll talk more about this friendship.
• • 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 3268th 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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