Bound by her contract to a coast-to-coast tour, MAE WEST struggled with her obligations. Fortunately, she always had good accommodations on the road. However, the star of stage and screen found herself racked by terrible pains and in great need of glad tidings during January 1949.
• • The usually healthy, resilient, durable actress had begun to experience fierce abdominal agony, perhaps from stress or from the vagaries of train travel and a diet of hotel food. Or was it the flu?
• • "Mae West Ill" • •
• • Toronto, Monday — Mae West, author, producer, and star of the stage show "Diamond Lil," and famous on the screen, is ill with abdominal trouble.
• • She has had to cancel her stage appearance in "Diamond Lil," with which she is now touring the USA and Canada, and doctors are now consulting with her regarding an operation.
• • Source: National Advocate (Bathurst, NSW); published on Tuesday, 18 January 1949.
• • On Saturday, 20 January 1912 • •
• • In their issue dated for Saturday, 20 January 1912, Variety reported on this new act: "Mae West and Girard Brothers, Songs and Dances, 10 mins., Fifth Avenue."
• • "A Lively Piece of Femininity" • •
• • Variety wrote: "She is now trying out a vaudeville act with the Girard Brothers ... She works hard. The boys dance well but their voices hold them back. ... Miss West is a lively piece of femininity but a cold prevented her from doing her best work. ..."
• • On Sunday, 20 January 1929 • •
• • On Sunday, 20 January 1929 Mae brought "Diamond Lil" to Chicago, where it made its Midwest debut to a packed house. For most of the 16-week engagement, the play attracted a large audience in the Windy City.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Impressionable young people see the delightfully wicked Mae West grandly rewarded for her naughtiness in "She Done Him Wrong." What will be their reaction?
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "It isn't often that I write a man a letter. When I've got anything to say to a man, I'd rather say it personally, if you know what I mean."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A dessert site mentioned Mae West, the confection.
• • Alberta Whisky Cake wrote: The chocolate version is a contender for the creamiest chocolate cake ever made. For those familiar with Quebec’s Vachon cakes, this was a grown-up rendition of Mae West or Joe Louis without the dipping chocolate. Creamy moist and so chocolaty sweet, it’s probably best to start with a small slice (or a shot of insulin). Again, the whisky notes, if present, were very subtle. . . .
• • Source: Item on Alberta Whisky Cake; posted on Sunday, 20 January 2013
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