On Monday, 29 June 1970, MAE WEST got a headline in Earl Wilson's syndicated column. This is Part 1 of 2 installments.
• • "Mae West Makes a Comeback" • •
• • Earl Wilson wrote: New York —— I was one of Mae West's escorts at the riotous window-busting "Myra Breckenridge" premiere when she made the greatest comeback in history and won't forget when about ten of us peered out of her limousine as we passed a Metropole "topless" sign on 7th Avenue.
• • Earl Wilson wrote: A fiendish idea came to me. Could I quote her this way? EARL: "Mae. we now have topless shows here." MAE: "Earl, don't talk shop."
• • Earl Wilson wrote: "No," Mae West smiled, lounging back in the limousine in off-white silk gabardine, white maribou stole, flashing diamonds and rubies. The soon to be 78-year-old sex queen declared she didn't want her comeback to be compared to topless dancers. She recalled that she told me years ago that her sexuality was due to the fact that her grandmother was "triple-endowed."
• • Earl Wilson wrote: "Yes, three," Mae nodded. She claims she has a double thyroid. A doctor discovered it, examining her chest. Which explained how she can go sleepless through Welcome-Home mobs like this while grown men scream, "I touched her. I touched Mae West! I touched her!" . . .
• • This was part 1. Part 2 (the conclusion) will be posted tomorrow.
• • Source: Item in Earl Wilson's syndicated column; published on Monday, 29 June 1970.
• • On Friday, 23 June 1922 in Variety • •
• • Mae West and Harry Richman performed together in Manhattan during June 1922, billing their act "Bits of Musical Comedy — — Mae West assisted by Harry Richman," and most of the material was written by The Firefly of Broadway herself.
• • In their edition dated for Friday, 23 June 1922, Variety's review appeared, praising the partnership because it offered ideal opposites. Referring to Mae, Variety (often reluctant to pay Mae a compliment) was enthusiastic for once: "She rises to heights undreamed of for her and reveals unsuspected depths as a delineator of character songs, a dramatic reader of ability, and a girl with a flair for farce that will some day land her on the legitimate Olympus."
• • On Tuesday, 23 June 1970 • •
• • "Myra Breckinridge" had its red-carpet, star-studded premiere in New York at the Criterion Theatre (1514 Broadway) on Tuesday, 23 June 1970. The movie went into general release in the USA one day later.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West, who encouraged Craig Russell, has not talked to him for awhile.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "You only live once. But if you do it right, once is enough."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A columnist mentioned Mae West.
• • Mike Connolly wrote: Mae West read in the papers: "Mayan calendars are more accurate." Asks Mae, "All I want to know is. will it make me younger or older?”
• • Source: Item from Desert Sun; published on Tuesday, 21 June 1960
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