Monday, December 14, 2015

Mae West: Maiding

MAE WEST had a personal relationship with Libby Taylor before the black actress broke into the film industry.  Libby was discovered by Mae while preparing barbecue at a Harlem eatery, Black and Gold. Mae sensed that the Chicago native would make an excellent straight woman, and soon the newcomer became a cast member.
• • Writing for the wire service A.N.P., Hollywood columnist Charles Issac Bowen wrote: Libby Taylor has been assigned to a comedy role in a RKO featurette, "Headline Comedy," in which Ruth Etting brings her public career to a close. Libby goes right ahead with her film career while "maiding" for Mae West.
• • Indianapolis Recorder;  published on Saturday, 14 December 1935.  
• • On Tuesday, 14 December 1937 • •
• • Conservative Catholic Martin Quigley's hand-wringing article, "Radio Begs Trouble," found its way into Motion Picture Daily who ran it on page 10. The issue, centered around the controversial NBC Sunday evening broadcast starring Mae, was dated for Tuesday, 14 December 1937.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West had failed to report for the first rehearsal of "The Chase and Sanborn Hour" on the evening of Friday, 10 December.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "My mother always understood me. I found out all there was to know about me. Then when I grew up, I changed the things I didn't like and spotlighted the things I admired."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Scarsdale Inquirer mentioned Mae West.
• • The Scarsdale Theatre on Garth Road would be screening the Mae West picture called "Belle of the Nineties" on  December 19th and 20th, 1934
• • Source: Item in Scarsdale Inquirer; published on Friday, 14 December 1934 
• • 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.
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