Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Mae West: Lisbon

It was on Friday, 7 June 2013 that MAE WEST was in an exhibit that opened on this date in Lisbon, Portugal called "Made In Hollywood."
• • Photography Exhibit at Centro Cultural de Cascais — — 7 June to 1 September 2013 • •
• • Glamour of the Gods: Star Portrait Photography in the Hollywood Studios System • •
• • The John Kobal Foundation wrote:  “In 1969, John Kobal, having spent a couple of fruitless years trying to track down some of these photographers, was sent by The Sunday Times in the UK to interview Mae West, the veteran movie star, who was filming Myra Breckenridge in Los Angeles. Whilst waiting for her on set, Kobal noticed an elderly man moving round taking photos and asked him what he was doing.
• • The man explained that he was taking the publicity stills for the film. “And your name?” asked Kobal. “George Hurrell.” “THE George Hurrell!” replied an astonished Kobal hardly daring to believe that he might have just stumbled upon the doyen of the Hollywood Photographers. The photographer nodded. “But everyone told me you were dead!” Thus began Kobal’s close working  relationship with those surviving Hollywood Portrait Photographers that led to the mounting of many museum exhibitions all round the world . . .
• • Dorothy Parker [22 August 1893 — 7 June 1967] • •
• • Dorothy Parker was a writer—poet best known for her wisecracks, caustic wit, and a sharp eye for urban foibles. During the 1920s, she was a drama critic, playwright, and bon vivant.
• • In Manhattan, Dorothy Parker had a heart attack. She died on Wednesday, 7 June 1967. She was 73.
• • On Monday, 7 June 1926 in NYC • •
• • In Manhattan, on 7 June 1926, District Attorney Joab Banton announced the formation of a "play jury," volunteer citizens who would attend every play and vote on whether it met civic standards of decency.  Each jury would be made up of 12 adults. This "play jury" process came to an end after Mae West was arrested in February 1927.
• • On Saturday, 7 June 1952 • •
• • In Hollywood, on 7 June 1952, Mae West made a check payable to her personal assistant and secretary Larry Lee, who also provided editorial help to the actress. Christie's sold it in 1999.
• • Larry Lee: personal assistant to Mae West 1929 1977 • •
• • Of all her secretaries, Larry Lee probably worked with Mae the longest. Versatile, trustworthy, and a good writer, Mr. Lee was the man she counted on the most. According to Jill Watts, "Larry Lee . . . had worked for her in various capacities since 1929."
• • On 5 December 1977, Mae West signed the last check (from United California Bank) to Larry Lee, paying him $50 for "services in full to date of any and all claim."

• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • In "Mickey's Gala Premier," once again Mae West and Laurel and Hardy are among the stars.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "If I asked for a cup of coffee, someone would search for the double meaning."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A newspaper mentioned Mae West.
• • “The Heat’s On,” starring* Mae West, Victor Moore anti William Gaxton. To publicize his new show, starring Mae West, a promoter has the show raided  . . .
• • Source: Item from Daily Independent Journal (San Rafael, California); published on  Saturday, 13 June 1959
• • 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 eleven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3458th 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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• • Mae West • in costume in 1943

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