Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Mae West: Henry Grady Hotel

In 1939 MAE WEST made a big impression on a teenage fan, a college chap from a campus in Atlanta, Georgia. As the month of December winds down and sends dusty, battered 2015 on its way, many of us are in need of a sweet remembrance from "Auld Lang Syne" or "Old Long Ago" — — and here it is.
• • "Waiting Up for Mae" • •
• • The Ellaville Sun wrote:  Ross Wyrosdick, a student at Oglethorpe University, waited in the lobby of Atlanta's Henry Grady Hotel until 12:30 o'clock Monday morning to see Mae West, the movie actress, who had appeared at a theater there on Sunday night.  She was expected at 9:30 o'clock but was tardy, presumably waiting until the large crowd of the curious had dispersed.
• • "Hello, Miss West," said Ross.  He was asked what she said in reply.  "Oh," said the collegian with bright eyes and grin of triumph, "she smiled at me!"
• • Source: Item in The Ellaville Sun; published on Friday, 21 April 1939.
• • On Monday, 30 December 1912 • •
• • On Monday, 30 December 1912 the singing comedienne was giving a double performance at 7:30 PM and at 11:00 PM at B.F. Keith's Union Square Theatre on Fourteenth Street. Featured on the bill, along with the 19-year-old hopeful, was a great deal of variety. Britain's Laddie Cliff offered new songs and eccentric dances; Phina and company entertained; Alfredo (wandering wizard of the violin) played; Asaki presented his juggling act, so popular in Japan; and gymnasts Lydia and Albino did . . . something.
• • On Saturday, 30 December 1933 • •
• • Picturegoer, a British publication sold in movie houses, ran a three part series: "Making Love to Mae West." The first installment ran on 10 December 1933, it continued on Saturday, 30 December 1993, and the final portion appeared on 6 January 1934.
• • Cary Grant's byline appeared. The actor either wrote it or (perhaps) merely signed it.
• • On Friday, 30 December 1966 • •
• • A review of "Goin' to Town" (on page 14) in The Spectator [UK] was published on Friday, 30 December 1966.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Martin Ransohoff is asking Mae West to return to films (in "Don't Make Waves" with Tony Curtis), according to Earl Wilson's column in 1966.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "I've never seen any of Marilyn Monroe's movies but she's probably a sweet kid."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Film Daily mentioned Mae West.
• • A. Edward Sutherland has been named as director of Mae West's next starring picture, tentatively titled "Frivolous Sal".  . .
• • Source:  Item in Film Daily; published on Monday, 7 June 1937 
• • 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 3344th 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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• • Mae West • in 1937

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