Printed in Australia's paper Barrier Miner on Saturday, 30 Mar 1940, was an article linking the name MAE WEST to Frank Buchman. The story shot around the globe, faster than a bad movie review.
• • "Mae Weft Re-Arms --- Morally" • •
• • Mae West, voluptuous "come-up-and-see-me-sometime" fílm star, has become morally rearmed. She gives credit to the campaign of Doctor Buchman and tennis star, Bunny Austin, explained the editors of Barrier Miner.
• • Frank Buchman enjoyed his habit of collecting trophies, i.e., bold-faced named converts who were former atheists, socialists, Communists, labor union members, and so on. Frank Buchman loved to stage publicity photos with people like Mae. And one of the "moral rearmament "converts" Frank Buchman routinely showed off was Bunny Austin, former Davis Cup tennis player.
• • Bunny Austin [20 August 1906 — 20 August 2000] • •
• • Born in South Norwood, London, Henry Wilfred "Bunny" Austin was a British tennis player from England. For 74 years, he was the last Briton to reach the final of the gentlemen's singles at Wimbledon, until Andy Murray did so in 2012.
• • It's not recorded that Bunny Austin and Mae West ever met. But if you decide to Google their names together, you will find much to surprise you. We'll leave it there for your consideration.
• • Ned Wayburn [30 March 1874 — 2 September 1942] • •
• • Born in Pennsylvania at the end of March — — on 30 March 1874 — — Ned Wayburn was a choreographer and a producer. His promotional campaigns pictured some of his most successful dance pupils — — and though Mae was not featured on those testimonials, Ned taught her to dance and cast her in several shows, adding heft to her resume and stage career.
• • On Wednesday, 30 March 1927 • •
• • By Wednesday, 30 March 1927, twelve male jurors had been selected for Mae West's "Sex" trial set for Jefferson Market Court on Sixth Avenue in Greenwich Village. Mae hired four attorneys to represent her. Her defense team was headed by Harold Spielberg, Herman "Beansie" Rosenthal's former associate. Trial coverage appeared in the N.Y. Herald Tribune, The N.Y. Times, Variety, and elsewhere.
• • The stage play "Courting Mae West" covers these two obscenity trials — — and Mae's actions before and after. This play is based on true events between 1926 — 1932.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Bob Dylan is covered by many others including Mae West, Jimi Hendrix, and John Corigliano.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "And when it comes in sex portrayals, I know my onions. My play is true to life. And how can anyone suppress truth?"
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An Arkansas site mentioned Mae West.
• • Effigies of former President Jimmy Carter, Clark Gable and Mae West pose on a disused escalator at Josephine Tussaud Wax Museum in Hot Springs, Arkansas. ...
• • Source: Item in Arkansas Online; posted on Thursday, 17 March 2016
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