Friday, August 05, 2016

Mae West: A Hard Time

MAE WEST had her first bout of flop sweat, suffered not onstage but in the press as she tried to dodge questions about her first husband Frank Wallace for over two years. When the truth came out in Los Angeles, it was reported that Mae was "in seclusion."
• • "Mae West Divorced" • •
• • LOS ANGELES, August 5 ( A.A.P.) — The film star, Mae West, has divorced Frank Wallace, whom for years she had insisted she had never married. She later admitted that they were married in 1911.
• • Source: Item from A.A.P.  rpt in The Courier-Mail (Brisbane); published on Friday, 6 August 1943.
• • On Tuesday, 5 August 1913 in Manhattan • •
• • A review of Mae West's performance at Hammerstein's Victoria appeared in a NYC newspaper on Tuesday, 5 August 1913. The critic noted that she was appealing to the audience "by singing a repertory of 'I Don't Care' type of songs and appearing in a dazzling series of low-and-behold gowns." However, it was clear she was trying to steal the thunder from the main act, Evelyn Nesbit, and having a hard time of it.
• • Even Variety's columnist Joshua Lowe [whose critique was published on 8 August 1913] noticed how hard she was working. "Mae West sang loud enough to be distinctly heard in the rear," wrote Joshua Lowe.
• • On Tuesday, 5 August 1980 • •
• • Mae West signed a check to pay Beverly West $125.00 for maintenance and care of the ranch on Tuesday, 5 August 1980. This check was drawn on her personal account at the United California Bank.
• • Save the Date: Wednesday, 17 August 2016 • •
• • Mae West: New Yorker, Vaudevillian, Upstart, and Jailbird — — a Birthday Celebration! • •
• • Link: Mae West event on August 17, 2016
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • It's obvious that Marilyn Monroe has the Mae West roll.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Let 'em wonder. I never believed in givin' them too much of me."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An Indiana daily mentioned Mae West.
• • Mae West will have with her in her new picture "I'm No Angel" her maid Libby Taylor from Harlem in New York City.  ...
• • Source: Item in The Indianapolis Recorder; published on Saturday, 5 August 1933 
• • 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.
You are reading the 3502nd 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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