Monday, January 18, 2016

Mae West: Left Million

On Sunday, 18 January 1981, fans of MAE WEST learned that her loyalties ultimately rested with her blood relatives, as this wire service item suggested.
• • "Mae West Left Million, Mostly to Her Sister" • •
• • Los Angeles, Jan. 18th, 1981 — Reuters — Mae West, who died in November at the age of 87, left $1 million, according to her will filed in court here.
• • Paul Novak, a former ''muscleman'' in her stage act who was her constant companion for the last 25 years, was not mentioned in the will, filed on Friday in Santa Monica Superior Court.
• • A petition for probate estimated the value of Miss West's personal property at $1 million with an annual income of $50,000. She left the bulk of her estate, including her jewelry, to her sister, Mildred West. Other bequests included one for $3,500 to the Mae West Fan Club of Ontario.
• • Miss West, unlike the character she played on the screen, led a quiet private life and invested much of her money in property.
• • Syndicated content by Reuters; published on Sunday, 18 January 1981.
• • On Thursday, 18 January 1934 • •
• • On the third day of the robbery and jewel heist trial in Los Angeles, on 18 January 1934, Mae West was called to the witness stand to speak about Edward Friedman.
• • Worried after receiving death threats, and flanked by a human shield of husky detectives, Mae West entered the courtroom strikingly garbed in purple in Los Angeles. Career criminal Edward Friedman was charged with robbing the movie queen of $12,000 worth of diamonds and $3,400 in cash.
• • On Tuesday, 18 January 1938 • •
• • Editorials began to appear defending Mae West after the uproar of Catholic groups who were reacting to "The Chase and Sanborn Hour" and the Garden of Eden skit. One man who wrote an editorial critical of the FCC was George C. Guinther. His open letter to the FCC, defending Mae, ran in a newspaper on Tuesday, 18 January 1938.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Cary Grant was quoted as saying of Jayne Mansfield, "A potential Mae West." [Uh-oh!]
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  “A dame that knows the ropes isn't likely to get tied up.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A New York campus paper mentioned Mae West.
• • The small strip of land in the East River — known first as Blackwell's Island, then Welfare Island in 1921, and Roosevelt Island in 1973 — housed some of the city's most famous "undesirables" in its penitentiary: Boss Tweed, Mae West, and Billie Holiday, who served a four-month term for prostitution charges. 
• • "The river became the place where they put all sorts of public institutions," says Edwin Burrows, professor of history at Brooklyn College, holder of a doctorate from Columbia, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898." He adds, "It wasn't until the early 1940s and 1950s that it became prime real estate."  . . .
• • Source: Article in the Columbia Daily Spectator; published on Thursday, 28 January 2010 
• • 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 3357th 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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