Monday, December 26, 2016

Mae West: Marshall, Missouri

It was Sunday, 26 December 1937 and the headlines read: MAE WEST Helps Santa's Family Enjoy Christmas. This amazing story from Missouri must finally be shared.
• • Marshall, Missouri, Dec. 25 [by United Press] — — Santa Claus, his wife and five of their seven children gathered around a Christmas tree in their modest home today and opened  their presents.
• • Christmas in the Santa Claus  home was like Christmas in homes throughout the world. The children yelled in happy surprise as they inspected each present while Santa Claus and his wife beamed at them.
• • Bountiful Yuletide • •
• • It was the most bountiful Christmas the little and big Clauses have had in years. Mae West, the  movie picture siren, had taken up a collection among her co-workers and wired $250 to Santa Claus. That  provided the money for buying the presents that Santa couldn't afford on his meager earnings as a  ditch digger.
• • Mae brought cheer • •  . . .
• • This was Part 1 of "Mae West  Helps Santa's Family Enjoy Christmas." Part 2 appears tomorrow.
• • Source: United Press article in syndication; published on Sunday, 26 December 1937.
• • On Thursday, 26 December 1946 • •
• • Bosley Crowther of The N.Y. Times wrote an obituary: "W.C. Fields, 66, Dies; Famed as Comedian." Of course, W.C. Fields was Mae's co-star in 1940.
• • On Sunday, 26 December 2004 • •
• • Pat Jordan wrote: Between serving in the Navy during World War II and again during the Korean War, Joe Gold (born 1922) lived as a beach bum in Santa Monica, alternating work in the merchant marine as a machinist's mate with play on the beach. It was there, after Korea, that he heard about a casting call for a Las Vegas revue starring Mae West. When Gold and a few of his fellow bodybuilders visited Mae West's apartment, she looked them over and said, ''I'll take all of you.''  . . .
• • Source: Article: "Body by Joe" written by Pat Jordan for The New York Times Magazine; published on Sunday, 26 December 2004.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Cary Grant is making a film for Paramount, "She Done Him Wrong," opposite the remarkable Mae West.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "It cheers you up. Every time you see yourself in one of those table mirrors you get the feeling you're in the money. Cute, isn't it?"
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article in the newspaper New York World mentioned Mae West.
• • Eugene O'Neill and Mae West both use hokum and both succeed.  ...
• • Source: The New York World; published on Friday, 3 November 1933   
• • 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 3603rd
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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