• • Perhaps Jimmy Kilgannon had some natural acting ability. Lillian admitted she never got a chance even though Paramount executives called her "the gal with the million dollar legs" in one profile, using her shapely gams whenever a close-up was needed.
• • "The stars are all good to me," Lillian told a reporter in May 1935. "Miss West insisted that I stand in for her on her latest picture. She wouldn't have anyone else. And everyone is so generous with presents. I'm saving up for a trip to Ireland."
• • In February 1936, when Paramount released their screen book , Jimmy Kilgannon's daughter received a brief mention: "Lillian Kilgannon was until lately Mae West's stand in. Known as the 'girl with the million dollar legs,' Lillian is today a staid shopkeeper in Palm Springs. She also has a gift shop in Coronado. Jimmy's might proud of her."
• • Photo of Lillian Kilgannon in 1935 (below).
• • On Monday, 24 January 1938 • •
• • According to Time, Mae West's cinema earnings in 1936 were $323,000, about as much salary as Bethlehem Steel's president, Eugene G. Grace, and the chairman of its board, Charles M. Schwab.
• • Time Magazine published a review of Mae West's latest film "Every Day's A Holiday" (Paramount Pictures, 1938). Time's lily-livered critic had this to say:
• • In the peculiar idiom of show business, Mae West's art comes under the head of umph. ...
• • On Saturday 24 January 1948 in London • •
• • "Diamond Lil" starring Mae West toured Manchester, Blackpool, Birmingham, and Glasgow before opening at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London on Saturday night, 24 January 1948.
• • On Tuesday, 24 January 1950 in the Baltimore Sun • •
• • Sculptor Louis Rosenthal was interviewed and photographed in a Maryland hotel suite right next to Mae West. The article was: "Mae West Unaltered in 19 Years, Sculptor Finds."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: “You only live once but, if you do it right, once is enough.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Daily mentioned Mae West.
• • "Remember When — — January 25, 1936" • •
• • Rehearsals were under way for “Palm Springs Frolics of 1890,” a Little Theatre Guild production under the direction of Virginia Mitchell. Star of the three-act heart throb was Lillian Kilgannon. formerly a stand in for Mae West. . .
• • Source: Item in Desert Sun; published on Tuesday, 25 January 1966
• • Note: In the motion picture "Limehouse Blues" , Lillian Kilgannon was cast as the stand in for Jean Parker. She was also used as a stand in for Dietrich and Claudette Colbert.
• • 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 3362nd 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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