Monday, July 11, 2016

Mae West: Jimmy Stewart

MAE WEST once stole the show from Jimmy Stewart, a movie star born in the month of July.
• • Jimmy Stewart [20 May 1908 — 2 July 1997] • •    
• • James Maitland Stewart, also known as Jimmy Stewart, was an American actor and military officer, known for his distinctive drawl.
• • Hollywood columnist Bob Thomas discussed Mae West and Jimmy Stewart at an event.
• • "Mae West Steals Show from Jimmy Stewart and Mervyn Leroy at University Tribute" • •
• • According to reporter Bob Thomas, this memorable evening was scheduled as a tribute to James Stewart, Mervyn Leroy, and Mae West. Predictably, Miss West stole the show. It was one of those annual banquets of the honorary cinema fraternity at the University of Southern California, and the gathering was a curious mixture of the academic and entertainment worlds. Nostalgia was the keynote, and the diners viewed photographs from various films of the three honored guests as these were flashed on the wall of the campus dining room.  . . .
• • Bob Thomas explained: Next came Miss West. She agreed to accept an honorary membership in Delta Kappa Alpha — — if she could do it her way. That's the only way she operates.  ...
• • Source: Syndicated column rpt in Times Tri-Cities; published on Wednesday, 14 February 1968.
• • On Wednesday, 11 July 1934 • •
• •  In his article "What's Wrong with the Movies?" Dan Thomas praised and scolded Mae West in a piece printed in various newspapers on  Wednesday, 11 July 1934.
• • Dan Thomas, NEA Services Staff Correspondent (in syndication), wrote:  Famous for her New York characterization of Diamond Lil, Mae West came to the movies. The result was "She Done Him Wrong," a picture which, though low in tone, contained such excellent characterizations that it not only drew few objections but it created a sort of vogue.
• • On Tuesday, 11 July 2006 • •
• • The CD "Fabulous Mae West and Other Wonderful Girls" features a photo of Mae on its cover.  Sepia Records released this collection on Tuesday, 11 July 2006.
• • On Friday, 11 July 2008 • •
• • On Broadway on Friday evening 11 July 2008 the cast of "Courting Mae West" gave a free performance at the Lincoln Center Barnes and Noble at 7:30 PM [1972 Broadway at West 66th Street] under the direction of Louis Lopardi.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Basil Rathbone was very angry about the censorship of his work, but even more aggrieved that show people would start whispering that he was arrested and booked in 1927 — — with Mae West.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:   "Men: I like some men for class and distinction, some for brains, some for looks, and some for an understanding nature.  I like men to come up and see me."
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• • The Daily mentioned Mae West.
• • At The Grand Theatre. Continuous from 11 AM! • •
• • Mae West stars in "I'm No Angel" • •
• • You'll Rock With Laughter at Mae's Smart Retorts and Catchy Sayings. An entertainment you will never forget! (Recommended by Censor for Adults.)
• • Source: Item in The Press (Canterbury, New Zealand); published on Wednesday, 11 July 1934
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 12th anniversary • •
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past twelve 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 twelve years ago in July 2004.
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