MAE WEST was featured in many animated cartoons. However, only the readers of Photoplay Magazine saw cartoons of Mae, drawn by Walt Disney himself, and featured in Photoplay's playful spoof on nursery rhymes in 1939.
• • "Mother Goose Goes Hollywood" • •
• • With a twinkling eye on Hollywood's pet stars, Walt Disney [1901 — 1966] turns the pages of Mother Goose's familiar nursery rhymes to create a brilliant new film — — with results pictured exclusively in Photoplay. "Any resemblance of characters herein portrayed to per- sons living or dead is purely coincidental," Mr. Disney assures us. . . .
• • Nimble-footed Fred Astaire is a star member of the large and famous brood who "lived in a Shoe." When they put on a show to help out their poor dear mother, kiddies Edna May Oliver, Mae West, and ZaSu Pitts are trumpeteers who, with Cab Calloway and Fats Waller, offer a mad and merry finale.
• • Note: One day we'll track down all the drawings!
• • Source: Pictorial feature in Photoplay; published in the issue dated for January 1939.
• • On Tuesday, 25 February 1913 • •
• • The announcement that "Mae West, the comedienne" was appearing at the Grand ran in the Atlantic Journal on Tuesday, 25 February 1913.
• • On Saturday, 25 February 1922 • •
• • One of Mae's vaudeville idols was Bert Williams [12 November 1874 — 4 March 1922]. The pre-eminent Black entertainer of his era (birthname Egbert Austin Williams), was born on the island of Antigua [West Indies]. In 1888 his family moved to Los Angeles. He began his entertainment career in 1892 in San Francisco.
• • Stricken with pneumonia, Bert Williams did not want to miss performances, aware that he was the only bright spot keeping an otherwise middling musical alive at the box office. After collapsing onstage in Detroit, on Saturday, 25 February 1922 while singing "Under The Bamboo Tree," Bert Williams initially fooled his Michigan audience, who thought he was clowning around. Escorted to his dressing room, Williams joked, "That's a nice way to die. They was laughing when I made my last exit."
• • Bert Williams returned to his home in New York City but his condition deteriorated and he died in a hospital on March 4th. He was 47 years old.
• • On Tuesday, 25 February 1936 • •
• • Motion Picture Herald ran a feature on "Klondike Annie" in their issue dated on Tuesday, 25 February 1936.
• • Citizen News did an article on "Klondike Annie" on Tuesday, 25 February 1936. Three days earlier, on 22 February 1936, gossip columnist Louella Parsons weighed in on Mae West's latest motion picture, too.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Eddie Cantor calls Mae West "the Community Chest" — — but maybe we shouldn’t have mentioned it.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I'm still looking for the right man. My trouble is, I find so many right ones, it's hard to decide."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Photoplay mentioned Mae West.
• • Adela Rogers St. Johns wrote: On other lots, Mae West was knocking over exhibitors and audiences, Marlene Dietrich was spreading glamour thicker than honey and Greta Garbo, who invented glamour but couldn't patent it, was Queen. Jean Harlow, God bless her, was the platinum blonde dynamo and — well, everybody had glamour.
• • Adela continued: All Hollywood's gals had glamour. All but Irene Dunne. ...
• • Source: Article written by Adela Rogers St. Johns for Photoplay; published in the issue dated for May 1939
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