MAE WEST shares a permanent tribute in Hollywood with Anna May Wong. We continue to celebrate some females named for the merry month, the fifth calendar month of the year?
• • Anna May Wong [3 January 1905 — 3 February 1961] • •
• • Born in Los Angeles in 1905, Anna May Wong was the first Chinese American movie star. She was also the first Asian American actress to gain international recognition with a long, varied career that spanned silent film, sound film, television, stage and radio.
• • Anna May Wong died at age 56 of a heart attack in her own home.
• • The Hollywood Goddess Gazebo • •
• • The "gateway" to Hollywood Boulevard at LaBrea features a 30-ft. high stainless steel gazebo designed by movie industry production designer, Catherine Hardwicke. Selected for their popularity and ethnic diversity, these four silver stars are: Mae West [1893—1980], Dolores Del Rio [1905—1983], Dorothy Dandridge [1922—1965], and Anna May Wong [1905—1961].
• • For her contribution to the film industry, Anna May Wong received a star at 1708 Vine Street on the inauguration of the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960, one year before she passed away.
• • On Saturday, 11 May 1935 • •
• • Movie critic Andre Sennwald offered his review of "Goin' to Town," starring Mae West, to the readers of The New York Times on page 21 on Saturday, 11 May 1935.
• • On Friday, 10 May 1935, this new motion picture opened in Mae's hometown at the New York Paramount.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Anna May Wong never scandalized Hollywood with her string of fiancés, like Clara Bow, or an outré sex philosophy, like Mae West.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "The Brooklyn I was born in, near the end of the 19th century, was still a city of churches. ... Deer ran wild in Prospect Park ...."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A newspaper mentioned Mae West.
• • Few seem to know that a war is going on between Bolivian and Paraguayan troops, there not being an upside-down stomach or a Mae West ex-husband in the lot. . . .
• • Source: Item in Healdsburg Tribune (California); published on Thursday, 9 May 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 3,400 blog posts. Wow!
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3439th
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career of Mae West, herself an American original.
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• • Photo: • • Mae West • • in 1935 • •
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