This article about MAE WEST and Eva Tanguay [1878 — 1947] was printed on Saturday, 14 October 1933.
• • Hollywood — —They say that any old friend can make a touch off Mae West, but the blonde star’s latest gesture had more than the usual amount of sentiment attached to it.
• • It was the sort of a kindness, too, only a woman and an actress would have thought of.
• • For a long time now, Eva Tanguay (age 55) has been ill in Hollywood and down in her luck. When Mae heard about it, she did the usual thing. She took the woman who had known beauty and luxury to the hair-dressers and had them fix her a smart coiffure. Then she bought Eva a complete wardrobe.
• • What some people never knew and others have forgotten is that Mae West, 5 years old and making her first stage appearance in a Brooklyn theatre, did such a good imitation of Eva Tanguay that the manager told her she could stay.
• • Mae remembered.
• • Source: Item in a syndicated Hollywood column rpt in The Daily Banner; published on Saturday, 14 October 1933.
• • On Saturday, 14 October 1933 • •
• • The review in Film Daily (on page 6) had this title: "Mae West in 'I'm No Angel.'" Film Daily ran it in their issue dated for Saturday, 14 October 1933. The New York Evening Journal printed their review (on page 8) on 14 October 1933, too. The New York Post ran a glowing piece about Mae on 14 October 1933, calling her: "America's sweetheart." Awwww.
• • On Thursday, 14 October 1937 • •
• • It was Thursday, 14 October 1937 — — and some Californians held an engraved invitation to take tea with Mae West.
• • An opportunity to enjoy afternoon tea prepared by George Rector — — who was being featured in Mae's latest motion picture for Paramount — — was quite the sought after invitation.
• • The event was staged at Major Studios — — 1040 North Las Palmas.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • No unanimity of opinion prevails at Paramount over releasing time on the Mae West picture. George Schaefer said in Chicago the other day July 19 may be the date, conceding in the same breath that the dry cleaning may take longer.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I'm a pretty good observer myself. I like to study character, especially where men are concerned. I've got a reputation for that."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Motion Picture Daily applauded Mae West.
• • Mae West Gets Top Indianapolis Take • •
• • Indianapolis. Sept. 27 — Mae West's popularity is undimmed here. "Belle of the Nineties" was the outstanding draw of the week, the $5,000 take at the Circle being $1,000 up, and away ahead of any other first run on a comparative basis. ...
• • Source: Item in Motion Picture Daily; published on Friday, 28 September 1934
• • Note: In 1934, the Los Angeles Evening Herald Express wrote: Belle of the Nineties has a number of songs, some of them very amusing. “My Old Flame,” “When a St. Louis Woman Comes to Town” and “Memphis Blues” are in the list.
• • Leo
McCarey’s direction of the film has a nice pace. What few slow spots
there are seem to have developed in the cutting [or, more likely, due to
the censors' objections].
• • You can write Belle of the Nineties down as a hit.
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