Friday, December 02, 2016

Mae West: Sapphire Rings

MAE WEST loved to wear precious gems as well as buy jewelry for others. Here's how Mae and other Hollywood headliners shopped for Christmas gifts in 1936.
• • "Hollywood Stars Put on the Dog In Selecting Xmas Presents" • •
• • Hollywood, Nov. 30 — (U.P.) — Hollywood shopkeepers, bewildered but happy at heavy buying, filled orders tonight for doghouses, jewelry and trick clothing — — items on the movie stars' fantastic Christmas shopping lists.
• • Frances Langford, for example, is giving dog houses this year.  All her friends get them, even those who don't have dogs.
• • Joan Crawford's shopping list is confined largely to haberdashery with excursions into the field of trick vests [sic] and things for some of her acquaintances.
• • Nelson Eddy is an electric clock enthusiast.  So he'll give electric clocks.
• • Jean Harlow is giving perfume "because I like to buy it."
• • Director W. S. Van Dine wouldn't discuss his gift to actor John Miljan, but he insisted it would be "super-terrific" — something colossal, no doubt, as the 30-passenger motorbus Miljan gave him last year.
• • Robert Montgomery probably will follow his usual custom, an easy but effective one. He puts currency in Christmas eve grab bags for all studio employees.
• • Not all of Hollywood's Christmas is so prankish, however.
• • May Robson delights her friends with gifts of homemade cookies.
• • Virginia Bruce gives needlework she has done herself.
• • And six sapphire rings already are boxed, insured and ready for mailing to friends and relatives of Mae West.
• • Source: Article by United Press rpt in The Cornell Daily Sun; published on Tuesday, 1 December 1936.
• • On Thursday, 2 December 1943 • •
• • Critic Guy Savage wrote: "The Heat’s On" (AKA "Tropicana") is a sly knock at censorship and how it affects the entertainment industry. Broadway legend Fay Lawrence (Mae West) is in "Indiscretions" — — a show destined to flop — — until producer Tony Ferris (William Gaxton) gets the bright idea to rustle up free publicity on an indecency issue. ...
• • On Saturday, 2 December 1989 • •
• • "Mae West, Wilt, and the King" was written by Ira Berkow, who had interviewed Charles Miron. This article appeared in The N.Y. Times on Saturday, 2 December 1989.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West has promised to make a tour of Army camps after the first of the year.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I used to like to play Post Office."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A California paper mentioned Mae West.
• • Mae West once spoke and immortalized the phrase, "tall, dark, and handsome." Since then masculine beauty in motion pictures has been emphasized along those lines. But feminine collegians at Stanford university do not choose the "Westian standard" as a basis for their selection of Jimmy Coffis, Stanford left halfback . . .
• • Source: Item in The Express; published on  Wednesday, 2 December 1936
• • 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 3587th blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a
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