Thursday, March 03, 2016

Mae West: Boxer Joe Leo

MAE WEST enjoyed boxing matches and sometimes developed a closer interest in the man with the mouth-guard. One case is British boxer Joe Leo.
• • Born in Liverpool, England, Joe Leo was a professional who was active during 1948.  Joe Leo took part in two professional contests, one win, one lost. A boxing site claimed that his debut was on June 7, 1949, when he was listed in the lightweight division. In 1949, he must have been training in the USA and his residence was (then) listed as Syracuse, New York.
• • The Voice of Broadway columnist Dorothy Kilgallen mentioned this fleeting tidbit:  "Sports-loving Mae West has taken over the managing of an up and coming young heavyweight, Joe Leo. She thinks he’ll be another Gene Tunney.  And it’ll be fun even if he isn’t."
• • Source: Syndicated column rpt in Desert Sun; published on Thursday, 3 March 1955.
• • On Thursday, 3 March 1927 • •
• • A familiar image of a smiling Mae West at her "Sex" trial in New York City on Thursday, 3 March 1927, has the incorrect caption that she was "on the witness stand." However, Mae did not take the stand in March nor in April 1927. Why? Why not? Mae's motivations are dramatized in the play "Courting Mae West" during the chaotic courtroom scene [Act I, Scene 5].
• • On Tuesday, 3 March 1936 • •
• • On Tuesday, 3 March 1936, The Hollywood Reporter announced that the opening week of "Klondike Annie" was record-breaking. "The Gold Rush Is On," the editors wrote.
• • In Jet Magazine on 3 March 1955 • •
• • Jet Magazine printed a sad piece of news — — "Mae West's Chauffeur, Ray Wallace, Commits Suicide in Indiana" — — in their issue dated for 3 March 1955. Sitting inside the actress's plush Cadillac, the 44-year-old former G.I. hooked up the exhaust pipe to flood the vehicle with toxic fumes. He lay under a quilt and breathed his last. Mae's Caddy was parked on a farm near Patoka, Indiana at the time. Tsk, tsk.
• • "Love Goddesses" — Wednesday,  3 March 1965 • •
• • Mae West film footage is used in the documentary "Love Goddesses," originally released in the month of March — — on Wednesday, 3 March 1965.
• • On Friday, 3 March 1978 • •
• • A gala premiere of "Sextette" starring Mae West took place at the Pacific Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, California at 8:30 pm on Thursday, 2 March 1978. And after the screening, at 10:00 pm, a special invitation paved your way into a late-night supper honoring the movie queen at the tony Beverly Hills Hilton on Wilshire at Santa Monica Boulevard. How memorable this event must have been.
• • On Friday, 3 March 1978 "Sextette" had its general release in the USA.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West and Charlie Chaplin are running neck and neck. Of course, Mae is a little bit out in front!
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:   "It's not the men in my life that worry me, it's the life in my men."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A Hollywood gossip columnist mentioned Mae West.
• • "Raoul Walsh to Direct Mae West's Next" • • 
• • Rowdy Touch Star's Aim in 'Klondike Lou' • • 
• • Maker of "Cockeyed World" Right Man, She Feels • •
• • Louella O. Parsons wrote:  Raoul Walsh, intrepid Irishman vacationing in the country, was sent a hurry call to return to Hollywood to direct Mae West, no less. Seems the idea was all West's. . . .
• • Source: Item rpt in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; published on Wednesday, 7 August 1935
• • 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 3390th 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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