MAE WEST's tenuous connection with the Muriel cigar advertisements of 1954 did not exactly light her fire. As Billboard put it: "The country's best-remembered voices, rose up to protest in ladylike fashion to the Freddy Martin record of "Muriel" on the RCA Victor label. The protestor is Mae West . . . .
• • Freddy Martin [9 December 1906 — 30 September 1983] • •
• • Born on December 9th, Freddy Martin, an American bandleader and tenor saxophonist, recorded "Muriel" in 1954 for RCA Victor along with his orchestra and The Martin Men. The song "Muriel" was written by Al Hoffman, Peter Keveson, Ralph Freed.
• • Mae's objections to the song were aired in court. However, RCA Victor's attorneys were . . . um, victorious. Alas, Mae lost.
• • "La West Asks Discontinue of 'Muriel' Tune" [Billboard, 1954] is a fascinating tale. We did transcribe this lengthy saga and will present it another time for you curious Mae-mavens.
• • On Wednesday, 9 December 1936 • •
• • The Evening News printed an article about the legal proceedings between Mae West and her former husband Frank Wallace on Wednesday, 9 December 1936.
• • In December 1957 • •
• • In December 1957, Mae West announced she was working on her autobiography "Queen of Sex." The movie queen hinted that it would be full of stories about Jayne Mansfield and Mickey Hargitay. (Spoiler alert: it was not, thank goodness.)
• • On Monday, 9 December 2013 • •
• • On Monday, 9 December 2013, Deadline reported that Bette Midler was slated to play Mae West for HBO.How's that script coming along, Bette?
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West gave me that famous glance and said, "Let's have the interview in the bedroom so you can tell your grandchildren how you spent an hour in Mae West's boudoir . . . ummm, taking notes."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I was a brazen little imp and could never keep out of trouble."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune mentioned Mae West.
• • Los Angeles — — Frank Wallace, one time vaudeville partner of Mae West, pleaded vainly for a 30-day continuance in trial of the divorce suit of the actress. Their marriage had been kept secret for many years. The court ordered proceedings to begin July 21.
• • In court with Frank Wallace was his present dancing partner, Trixie LaMae.
• • Source: Item (on page 4) in The Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune (Missouri); published on Tuesday, 21 July 1942
• • Note: In this photo Mae West looks relaxed in court, accompanied by her manager and friend Jim Timony
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