Monday, August 22, 2016

Mae West: Danton Walker

Danton Walker, Broadway columnist for the New York Daily News, often mentioned MAE WEST in his daily chronicles. Since he died in the month of August, here he is.
• • In 1954, Danton Walker wrote:  Mae West will return her eight muscle men to Las Vegas, at the end of her Latin Quarter run, in a double-deck trailer.  ...
• • Danton Walker  [1899 — 8 August 1960] • •
• • Danton Walker's book, "I Believe in Ghosts: True Stories of Some Haunted Celebrities and Their Celebrated Haunts," recounted stories told to him by Mae West, Burl Ives, Beatrice Lillie, Ida Lupino, Guthrie McClintic, Mabel Mercer, Mary Wood, and Noel Coward, etc.  His book went through several editions.
• • Danton Walker, Broadway columnist for the New York Daily News, was neither the first nor the best example of that vaguely journalistic genus, the gossip-monger. In his 23 years of reporting flack-work, rumor, trivia and hearsay, his wit was generally perishable, his essays at political thinking were often bottom drawer (Cuban Dictator Fulgencio Batista was "the most dynamic and forceful personality I ever interviewed"), his prophecies of events were mercifully forgotten, his items were usually inconsequential, though short enough to be mildly habit forming, like peanuts.  
• • Source:  Time Magazine, issue dated for Monday, 22 August 1960.
• • On Monday, 8 August 1960 Danton Walker, columnist (Broadway Spotlight), died at 61.
• • On Monday, 22 August 1932 • •
• • On this date production began for the motion picture "Night After Night," which offered Mae West her first chance to be in pictures.
• • On Saturday, 22 August 1936 • •
• • Elizabeth Yeaman wrote an article, "Mae West to Abandon Corsets, Wear Modem Apparel in New Picture." Her piece was published in Hollywood Citizen-News on Saturday, 22 August 1936.
• • On Sunday, 22 August 1993 • •
• • Ron Alexander wrote a tribute to Mae called "Peel Her a Grape." His charming essay, which mentioned a gala Mae West centennial bus tour, ran in Sunday's New York Times, Section 9, on 22 August 1993.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • An interview with Mae West quite naturally led to talk of sex, since she was the pioneer of more permissive entertainment.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "Why would I want to work on TV?  Too many people seein' you for nothing."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A scandal magazine mentioned Mae West.
• • "Mae West Linked to Negro Boxer" • •
• • Los Angeles. Aug. 21 — — Defendant Fred Meade testified at the Confidential Magazine libel trial today that the late Negro boxer Chalky Wright gave him a statement "that detailed the year he spent living in the apartment with Mae West." Meade also testified a band leader named Daniel Terry gave him the story of a tryst in the Lake Tahoe woods with singer Dorothy Dandridge.   ...
• • Source:  Page 1 article rpt in The Morning Herald (Hagerstown, Maryland); published on Thursday, 22 August 1957
• • 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 3,500 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started twelve years ago in July 2004.
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