Friday, March 25, 2016

Mae West: Unspecified Year

There's a lot of hooey in this news item (below) about MAE WEST, a short article that appeared on Saturday, 25 March 1933 and carried no byline. All the Mae-mavens who read this column will recognize traces of the silly and the willy nilly scribblings.
• • "Mae West Teaches Proper Appreciation of Mae West" • •
• • Mae West’s childhood was spent In training for the stage and her later life In training the stage and screen-goers to a proper appreciation of Mae West.
• • Her parents were theatrical people and Miss West, who was born in Brooklyn on August 17 of an unspecified year, made her professional debut at the age of five. After several years In vaudeville, she made her Broadway debut In the “Follies Bergere,” then played in “A la Broadway.” “Vera Violetta" and “A Winsome Widow.” After these successes she returned to vaudeville for five years, specializing in imitations of George M. Cohan and Eddie Foy.
• • She returned to New York to appear In New Wayburn’s “Demitasse Revue” and “The Mimic World.” It was at this time that she wrote her first play, "Sex.” This sensational production ran two years with Miss West as the star.
• • Her greatest success "Diamond LiI” followed.
• • Source:  Cambridge Sentinel (Massachusetts); published on Saturday, 25 March 1933.
• • On Tuesday, 25 March 1924 in Texas • •
• • On Tuesday, 25 March 1924 Mae West appeared on a vaudeville program at the Majestic Theatre in San Antonio, Texas.
• • On Wednesday, 25 March 1959 in Variety • •
• • Variety seemed to delight in sending a critic out-of-town to see Mae West, even when she was billed at the Chi Chi in Palm Springs, and then cutting her down. Variety had some nice words for "the quartet in tails and top hats" that accompanied the Hollywood icon. However, Variety could not resist sniping, "She looks tired."
• • When Variety ran this coverage on Wednesday, 25 March 1959, Mae West was then 65 1/2 years old and still performing to huge crowds of older Mae-mavens along with her new fans.
• • On Friday, 25 March 1977 • •
• • From Monday, 6 December 1976 until Friday, 25 March 1977 — — this was the shooting schedule in Hollywood for "Sextette," starring eighty-three-year-old movie star, Mae West in her final screen role [citation from the book "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere: The Complete Chronicle of the Who 1958 — 1978" written by Andrew Neill, Matthew Kent, Roger Daltrey, Chris Stamp].
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West never tries, never strives. With every word, every move she indicates that she knows she has it all.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  “Sometimes I think I'm a narrow-minded woman."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A campus newspaper mentioned Mae West.
• • "Candid Photo Contest Won by Harwood Simmons" • •
• • Picture of Bateman In Mae West Garb Acclaimed Best • •
• • Mr. Simmons' shot of John Bateman (Class of 193B), garbed as Mae West and displaying his charms before an avid group of ballet chorines, will win for him a $15 exposure meter, contributed by the Abe Cohen Camera Exchange.  . . .
• • Source: Item in Columbia Daily Spectator; published on Thursday,  24 March 1938
• • 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 3,400 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3406th 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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