Monday, February 22, 2016

Mae West: Toronto Thrill

The Australian headline ran on Wednesday, 22 February 1950 and said: "MAE WEST  to Warm Things Up."  Let's go back in time to visit our Canadian friends up north.
• • Toronto, Canada, February 21 — — Warm blooded Mae West promised to "warm things  up a bit" when she found the temperature on her arrival here last night was 18 degrees below zero.
• • It was Toronto's coldest night of the winter when she posed for photographs in a pink nlght-dress.
• • Mae West whose play "Diamond  Lil" opens to-night said, "Old Jack Frost is on his way out." And looking seven interviewers in the eye, she added,  "I have never met a man I didn't like."
• • Mae West on the night of February 18 had collapsed during her show in Rochester, New York.
• • Source: Item (page 1) in The Northern Miner (Charters Towers, Queensland); published on Wednesday 22 February 1950.
• • On Saturday, 22 February 1936 • •
• • The newspaper headline read: "Exciting Racing in Mae West Picture."
• • The Mirror editors wrote: There are some grand and exciting racing sequences in the Buenos Aires scenes of "Now I'm a Lady" (at the Grand soon). And there will be intrigue and plotting and murder. The divine Mae West is stirred. Two songs by Sammy Fain and Irving Kahal, ''Love Is Love" and "He's a Bad Man (But He's Good for Me)," will linger in memory for a long time. Vocalising many will enjoy most is Mae West's rendition of the aria "My Heart Opens at the Sound of Your Voice"' from the opera ''Samson and Delilah."
• • Source: Mirror (Perth, WA) on page 17, Saturday, 22 February 1936.
• • On Saturday, 22 February 1936 • •
• • Newspaper gossip columns ran this teaser: "Mae West May Go Back to Broadway."
• • The item noted: Mae West has written a new play, and it looks as if it will bring her Hollywood career to an end — — at least for the time being. Her film contracts in Hollywood terminate shortly, and she is thinking of appearing in her own play on Broadway, where she was a famous star in the "Diamond Lil" days. Incidentally, that period included the famous prosecution for putting on an alleged indecent play.
• • Source: Mirror (Perth, WA) on page 9, Saturday, 22 February 1936.
• • "Come On Up" opened Saturday, 22 February 1947 • •
• • The show "Come On Up" starring Mae West opened in Los Angeles, California at the Biltmore Theatre on Saturday, 22 February 1947.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Before she achieved success in her first starring picture, women had to be slim, or they were out of fashion. But Mae West has changed that.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:   “No gold-digging for me. I take diamonds! We may be off the gold standard someday.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An Australian newspaper  mentioned Mae West.
• • "The New Hats" • •
• • The Sydney Morning Herald wrote this: The beret Influence is most marked in many of the new models, while others are Tyrolean in their inspiration, and a third type, the new Mae West hats, are wide of brim and are made of velvet swathed with silver or golden cords.  . . .
• • Source: Item in The Sydney Morning Herald; published on Tuesday, 20 February 1934 
• • Photo: Mae West was featured in a popular movie star fan magazine during October 1933. She was still a Hollywood newcomer at the time. You must admit it: that's an awfully charming hat on the Brooklyn bombshell!
• • 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 3382nd 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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