Monday, May 16, 2016

Mae West: Vic Tanny

MAE WEST had an enduring admiration for the male physique in person and onscreen. When Bob Hope — — born in the month of May on 29 May 1903 — — asked the comedienne a question, she did not hesitate. But first we will remind our Mae-mavens about the once glorious muscle-bound Tanny brothers.
• • Handsome hunk Armand Tanny [1919 —2009 ], a former Muscle Beach mainstay, was a member of the Mae West Revue.
• • Born on 5 March 1919 in Rochester, New York, Armand was the younger brother of gym-fitness pioneer Vic Tanny [18 February 1912 — 11 June 1985] — — and began posing in Strength and Health Magazine at 14 years old.
• • Hollywood — — During rehearsals for "The Dean Martin Show," Bob Hope asked Mae West what was her favorite TV show. Miss West replied, "The Vic Tanny commercials, of course. ’’
• • Source:  Hollywood item in The Desert Sun; published on Saturday, 16 May 1959.
• • On Thursday, 16 May 1946 • •
• • The stage play "Ring Twice Tonight" opened in Long Beach, California on Thursday, 16 May 1946 before moving forward on its cross-country tour. The title was changed and became "Come On Up."
• • On Monday, 16 May 1966 • •
• • It was on Tuesday, 9 April 1974 that young Janet Damita Jo Jackson [born in Indiana on Monday, 16 May 1966] stepped onstage dressed as Mae West. The little girl was making her public debut performance at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas with the better-known members of her singing family. The eight-year-old rehearsed with her brother Michael, who gave her tips about Mae West's persona and intonations.  Happy Birthday, Janet.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • When more jewelry is worn, Jeanette MacDonald or Mae West will wear it.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: “I've kept up with the times. I am not worried a bit.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An online newspaper mentioned Mae West.
• • Aliya wrote:  Cary Grant is so good in screwball comedies, but he needed a strong leading lady to make a film really work. Throughout his career he worked with Mae West, Katharine Hepburn, even Audrey Hepburn, with whom he had great chemistry.  ...
• • Source: Den of Geek; posted on Thursday, 16 May 2013
• • 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 3442nd 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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1 comment:

  1. I was pleasantly surprised to see your B-Day tribute to Janet Jackson. Evidently the Mae West persona appealed to African-American women. There was a "Sepia Mae West" in the 1930's. I saw Diana Ross in concert in Vancouver in 1983, and she used Mae's "When I'm good, I'm good, but when I'm bad I'm better" quote.