Thursday, December 22, 2016

Mae West: Larry Grayson

Tony Prince was granted an audience with screen legend MAE WEST in 1973. This is Part 2 of three segments.
• • "The afternoon Mae West dazzled us with her wit over carrot cake and tea" • •
• • Tony Prince wrote:  Her apartment was in a block that, by all accounts, she owned. We were met at the door by her butler with a tray carrying his card and I’ll never forget his name, because it was Larry Grayson. Larry took us into the lounge and said: “Miss West will join you shortly.” The room was all gold and white — — white carpet, white sofas, white piano, gold ornaments, gold chandeliers — — and in she walked in a pink chiffon nightdress.  Lots of layers of chiffon. She would have been 80 then in 1973.
• • Tony Prince continued:  Mae was to sit between my wife and I. Ken and a newspaper reporter who’d tagged along were sitting opposite, with their backs to an oil painting of Mae completely naked and lying on a chaise longue. So I’m looking at this all afternoon.
• • Tony Prince recalled:   She gave us some carrot cake and tea.  . . .
• • Tony Prince's article will conclude tomorrow with Part 3.
• • Source:  The Guardian [London]; published on Sunday, 4 December 2016.
• • On Sunday, 22 December 1935 • •
• • Photographs of Mae's Los Angeles apartment were featured in the Sunday edition of The Los Angeles Times on Sunday, 22 December 1935.
• • On Sunday, 22 December 1963 • •
• • "Mae West Will Guest" • •
• • Hollywood — — Mae West will make one of her rare television appearances when she is the guest star in an episode of Mister Ed, stated The Fresno Bee on Sunday, 22 December 1963.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West helped make Sex into a laughing matter.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "I was a brazen little imp and could never keep out of trouble."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An Indiana paper mentioned Mae West.
• • Personalities who were household words of their times often popped up in Christmas cards. A typical card of 1934 offered five famous faces for the price of one. It showed the Duke of Windsor (then the Prince of Wales), Mussolini, Garbo, Chevalier and Mae West all wishing the lucky recipient, seasonal greetings in their own particular style.
• • Source: Item in The Daily Banner [Greencastle, Indiana]; published on Friday, 22 December  1967
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 12th anniversary • •  
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past eleven 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 ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3601st
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magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material
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