Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Mae West: "Sex" Returns

The first full-length stage play written by MAE WEST in 1926, "Sex," will be presented in New York City soon. The role of Margie LaMont, a prostitute with anger issues, was written specifically for Mae's talents, including piano playing.
• • According to an announcement on Broadway World, FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade in association with The Dirty Blondes will present a staged reading of Mae West's infamous stage play, "Sex," directed by Courtney Laine Self for a limited engagement September 29 — October 2, 2016 at UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place between 1st Avenue and Avenue A) with performances Thursday through Sunday at 7:00pm.
• • The cast will feature Alan Dronek, Stephen Elrod, Travis Emery, Alexandra Frost, Lauren Riddle, and Susannah Jones as Margie LaMont, the role originated by Mae West. (We'll find out if she is a blonde.)
• • Phone: (212) 777-6088 for details and tickets.

• • On Sunday, 23 August 1891 • •
• • Had she lived, darling little bundle of bliss Katie West would have grown up to be the older sister of Mae West. Instead Katie died in infancy. We commemorate her birth in Brooklyn to a young married couple Matilda and John West 121 years ago.
• • On Wednesday, 23 August 1922 • •
• • On Wednesday, 23 August 1922, the New York Clipper noted: "Mae West, who was with 'The Ginger Box,' which opened and closed rather suddenly, has returned to vaudeville, and opened at Proctor's Fifth Avenue on Monday."
• • On Friday, 23 August 1957 in California • •
• • Mae West sued Hollywood Confidential Magazine for defamation and the trial began in early August 1957 in Los Angeles. On Tuesday, 30 July 1957, The N.Y. Times ran an item explaining the issues at stake. Mae submitted sworn depositions to avoid testifying in person.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Among the celebrities preparing memoirs are Mae West, Pola Negri, Mae Murray, Jolie Gabor, and the Grand Duchess Dimitri of Russia.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "Chalky Wright was a wonderful fellow.  He worked as my chauffeur for four months in 1935 and in 1936. He left in February 1936. I haven't seen Chalky since."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A Singapore newspaper discussed Mae West.
• • "Mae West Denies Living with a Negro Boxer" • •
• • Charges in Confidential article "ridiculous" • •
• • Hollywood forms anti-scandal body • •
• • Mae West, the platinum blonde actress and singer, yesterday emphatically denied any misconduct with Chalky Wright, the late professional boxer, as related in an article in Confidential Magazine, titled "Mae West's Open Door Policy." . . .
• • Source: Article rpt by The Singapore Free Press; published on Friday, 23 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.
You are reading the 3514th 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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• • Mae West • in 1929

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