Friday, December 25, 2015

Mae West: Be Ye Merry

On December 25th, MAE WEST wishes all glad tidings and season's greetings. May your day be merry and bright. And may your cares be light.

• • On Friday, 25 December 1914 • •
• • Readers of Variety could not help but notice the ornate half-page advertisement for handsome Guido Deiro — — "The Master of the Piano Accordion, The Incomparable in His Line" (on the left, seated and displaying his accordion) — — and Mae West — — "The Original Brinkley Girl, A Style All Her Own" (on the right, wearing a lovely gown) who were "Engaged Jointly as Headline Features."
• • The final line, along the bottom margin of their promotional ad, offered a seasonal greeting in capital letters: "Wishing the entire world a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year." This eye-catching ad ran on page 73 of Variety in the issue dated on Friday, 25 December 1914.
• • On Thursday, 25 December 1919 • •
• • Cast in the successful Broadway hit "Sometime" [October 1918 — June 1919] as Mayme Dean, a vamp whose suitors always seem to decamp, Mae West was in the unusual position of putting across a few comically wistful laments in the show.
• • The 26-year-old performer was made up as a vamp, a la Theda Bara, after her appearance in Ned Wayburn's "Demitasse Revue" — — on the cover of a prestigious magazine, New York's Dramatic Mirror dated for Thursday, 25 December 1919. This was quite a front page and it has become a fabulous collector's item.
• • On Saturday, 25 December 1937 • •
• • The article "Mae West's Eve Brings Eden's Curse on Radio — Apology, Alibi, Indignation and Investigation" was printed in Motion Picture Herald on Saturday, 25 December 1937.
• • On Saturday, 25 December 1937 • •
• • The article “Mae West's Name Banned” was printed in The New York Times (page 11) on Saturday, 25 December 1937.
• • On Wednesday, 25 December 1946 • •
• • In December 1946, Mae West celebrated the holidays by giving a series of out-of-town  performances of the play "Come On Up."
• • For instance, there was a rousing Christmas Day show on Wednesday, 25 December 1946 that was part of the four-night, pre-Broadway engagement of the comedy by Miles Mander, Fred Schiller, and Thomas Dunphy presented at the Davidson Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • The house where Mae was born and where she spent her childhood has been torn down. A church has been erected on the site, Mae told us.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Every day's a holiday, Santa Claus, and the biggest and best one is right around the corner."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A book author mentioned Mae West.
• • Norman K. Denzin wrote: It is significant that the "great" female comediennes, i.e., Mae West, Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Mary Tyler Moore, seldom if ever played happy drunks, supporting the conclusion that American culture codes female drunkenness with negative sexual values . . .
• • Source: "Hollywood Shot by Shot: Alcoholism in American Cinema" by Norman K. Denzin; published in 1991 
• • 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 3,300 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3341st 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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