Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Mae West: Nassour Nudge

On Saturday, 23 July 1949 there was media buzz about a plan to bring MAE WEST back to the screen.
• • "Mae West to Start Aug. 22 on Movie That Has No Name" • •
• • Hollywood correspondent Edith Gwynn wrote:  Told you months ago that Mae West would wiggle her way out here for another picture before Fall, and she's due to start same for the Nassour Brothers.  They have a story of their own, but have been trying to buy the title, "Diamond Lil" from Paramount which owns the tag.  So far, no luck.  (May have to wind up calling it "Sapphire Sal" or somethin'.)
• • Source: Item in a Hollywood column in St. Petersburg Times; published on Saturday, 23 July 1949.
• • Note:  Former silent film actress Edith Gwynn Goldenhorn [29 April 1902 — 1 January 1988] was married to The Hollywood Reporter's founder William Wilkerson from 1927—1935, which kickstarted her own journalism career. Mr. and Mrs. Wilkerson resided at 525 N Hillcrest Rd., Beverly Hills, California.  Billy Wilkerson also owned the celebrity hang-out Ciro's. 
• • On Monday, 19 July 1937 in Time Magazine • •
• • The headline was "Mr. Mae West" when Time Magazine ran with this embarrassing exposure (in their issue dated for 19 July 1937) — — Last week in Superior Court in Los Angeles it was as obvious as Mae West's best curves that Mr. Mae West had taken her advice. Even her most devoted fans chortled when they read that her now-admitted hoofer husband's real name is not Wallace but Willities or Szatkus and that the Szatkus family always knew her as Mamie. "Mrs. Mamie Szatkus" was scarcely box-office for glamorous Mae West.  ... [Where's my air-bag? I feel a szatkus coming on!]
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West's coloured maid Libby Taylor has that honoured position because, besides personal ministrations, she can supply laughs when they do the most good.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "A girl in the convertible is worth five in the phonebook."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Louella Parsons, Hollywood columnist, mentioned Mae West.
• • The deal Mae West has on tap with the Nassour brothers is for "Catherine Was Great," the play which had so many funny criticisms, and for which she was sued for plagiarism. 
• • Mae was reported to have broken her leg getting out of the bathtub and that's what kept her out of "Diamond Lil" In New York.  Mae West has to return to her show before she comes here [i.e., Los Angeles], but the Nassour brothers decided that Mae, who used to be top gal In comedy, might be good for some laughs on the screen.  . . .
• • Source: Item in Louella Parsons' syndicated column; published on Wednesday, 23 March  1949
• • 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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