Friday, May 13, 2016

Mae West: Purported Ceremony

On Thursday, 14 May 1914, MAE WEST left her husband Frank Wallace, according to his calculations. This is most doubtful since Mae was happily married to her second husband Guido Deiro in 1914. Together they were touring in vaudeville. But let's investigate this hogwash.
• • Mae West’s Alleged Husband Again Seeking Prove Marriage • •
• • Los Angeles, May 3 — Whether Mae West, of the films, ever was married to Frank Wallace was a question revived today by a suit filed in superior court here.
• • Wallace, giving his address as New York City, petitioned the California courts to help establish the validity of the marriage he asserted he contracted with the glamorous Mae before the days of her screen triumphs. He fixed the date of the purported ceremony as April 11th, 1911, and the place as Milwaukee. He also asked the court to define the rights of each party to the alleged nuptials.
• • It was Frank Wallace’s second legal attempt to make good his claim that he is the “unwanted husband” of the picture star, a claim which Miss West has repeatedly and strouty denied.
• • Process servers were preparing for determined pursuit of the breezy actress to serve with papers in the new suit either in Hollywood, Los Angeles or on her newly-acquired ranch.
• • Together until Thursday, May 14th? • •
• • The complaint alleged that the pair, after their Milwaukee wedding, lived together from that date of the ceremony until Thursday, 14 May 1914. Then, it asserted, “without cause, the defendant, Mae Wallace, ceased to live with the plaintiff.”
• • It continued that the allegation that the two “are now legally husband and wife, but, notwithstanding the said marriage, the defendant has denied same and refused to join in a declaration of said marriage.”
• • Source:  Madera Tribune; published on Monday, 3 May 1937.
• • On Sunday, 13 May 1956 • •
• • Blonde bombshell Jayne Mansfield encountered the very handsome Mr. Universe 1956 Miklos (Mickey) Hargitay on 13 May 1956, while attending a performance of the "Mae West Revue" at the Latin Quarter night club in Manhattan.
• • Twenty months later, Jayne Mansfield and Mickey Hargitay wed on 13 January 1958. They had three children and, alas, would divorce in 1964.
• • On Saturday, 13 May 1961 • •
• • Mae West posed with Gary Cooper in a tavern to celebrate the repeal of Prohibition in December 1933. They socialized at several Tinseltown tete-a-tetes, too. However, on Saturday, 13 May 1961, the "Coop" lost his battle with cancer. A sad anniversary.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • If you are wondering what Alice Faye looks like, I can best describe her as being like a young Mae West.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "Well, they've sued me for everything else."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A newspaper mentioned Mae West.
• • "Jean Harlow, Mae West, Alice Faye, Edna Mae Oliver Will Positively Not Appear Here for Spring Day Fun" • •
• • Cornell University's energetic Spring Day Committee, frothing a bit at the mouth and muttering something that sounded suspiciously like "Hell, Vandevanler," stealthily entered a telephone office yesterday and secretly sent the following message to the chairman of the Motion Picture Craftsmen, after making sure that every newspaper in town had a copy of it.
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• • Source:  Item in The Cornell Daily Sun; published on Wednesday, 12 May 1937
• • 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 3441st 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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