MAE WEST was photographed many times wearing exquisite lacewear created by bespoke lingerie designer Juel Park, a Pennsylvania born aspiring actress of Viennese ancestry.
• • Juel Park, who designed Liz Taylor's full slip for "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" also created marvelous items for Mae West such as Lady Lou's 1890-ish underpinnings in "She Done Him Wrong." Hired by many actresses to do their ultra-feminine nighties and special attire for their trousseau, Juel Park built up an increasingly solid reputation as one of the world’s most outstanding designer of fine haute couture lingerie.
• • Kevin Thomas wrote: "Mae West wore surprisingly little makeup, which she expertly applied herself. . . . Her negligees and peignoirs, with their exquisite lace inserts, were all made by Beverly Hills' legendary Juel Park.
• • Founded during the famed Roaring Twenties, Juel Park Lingerie was officially born on 4 November 1929 when an energetic twenty-two year old brunette named Juel Park traded in the glitz and fame of Hollywood for the more “behind the seams” world of couture lingerie designing.
• • Next time you notice Mae West in a scene wearing eye-catching nightgowns, robes, or a startling garment with peek-a-boo lace, look again. It's probably a custom-made fantasy by Juel Park. If they are intact, those vintage items from the 1930s and 1940s will fetch $500,000.
• • Image: Mae West corset (circa 1945) made by Juel Park. Kevin Thomas donated about 30 pieces of Juel Park's lingerie (Mae West owned well over 200) to the Museum of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in California. When you visit, ask to see the Mae West collection. Prepare to be awed.
• • On Wednesday, 11 March 1936 in NYC • •
• • The reviews of "Klondike Annie" starring Mae West — — as The Frisco Doll, Rose Carlton, Sister Annie Alden — — began appearing in the month of March. In Manhattan, there was an exclusive engagement at the Paramount Theatre, 1501 Broadway, N.Y., for the week of 11 March 1936.
• • On Saturday, 11 March 2000 in Alaska • •
• • A midnight showing of "The Drag" by Mae West was held at Goldtown Nickelodeon Theater on Saturday, 11 March 2000 in Alaska. The director was Heather Paige.
• • On Thursday, 11 March 2011 in Las Vegas • •
• • Gary A. Warner writes: The Sahara Hotel and Casino, which dates to the days of Frank Sinatra's "Rat Pack" and has featured the likes of Mae West and Marlene Dietrich in its showrooms, will close on 16 May 2011.
• • Source: "Sahara hotel in Las Vegas to close in May" written by Gary A. Warner, Register Travel Editor, for The Orange County Register; posted on Thursday, 11 March 2011.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West, the gal who has done so much to brighten the Great White Way, has discovered that in Hollywood all is sweetness and light. New York, she says, is a city of constant wrangling, intense and unceasing in its effort to take away a living from others.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Do I love Jim Timony? Yes. We love each other like Potash loved Perlmutter or like Montgomery must love Ward. Like two old business cronies."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A Boston seminar going on right now will discuss Mae West.
• • "Banned, Burned, and Shut Down: Censorship in the Theatre" • •
• • June Guertin wrote: Mae West’s Sex (1926), about a “woman with a past,” played to packed houses for almost a year before the NYPD shut down the “wicked” play and arrested the cast and playwright. West was fined . . .
• • Source: June Guertin's class description; given this month on Thursdays in Boston, Mass.
• • 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 3396th
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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