Thursday, May 25, 2017

Mae West: Purple in Palm

MAE WEST enjoyed many places in California beyond Los Angeles such as Santa Monica and Palm Springs. Here's an event that Mae-mavens might enjoy.
• • Sunday evenings in Palm Springs, Michael Holmes channels Judy Garland for a funky after-dinner show at The Purple Room Restaurant and Stage [1900 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA]. The show blends music, song, comedy and nostalgia for Judy Garland along with a lively cast of her “friends” including Mae West, Katherine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Carol Channing, and more. Tell them you heard about it on the Mae West Blog.
• • On Saturday, 25 May 1912 • •
• • "Mae West — Songs" • •
• • When Mae West made her solo debut at Hammerstein's, the act was eleven minutes of dances and songs that were delivered in a Bert Williams like manner — — talking her way through.  Mae selected "Parisienne," "Dancing-Prancing," and "Rap, Rap, Rap."  Her closing number was a sultry cooch.
• • Reviewing this variety artist in their issue dated Saturday, 25 May 1912, The New York Clipper felt that a number of well-placed comrades in the audience were there, helping her along.
• • In their edition dated for Saturday, 25 May 1912, Variety's critic called her a "freak." In their opinion, Mae's presentation lacked "that touch of class that is becoming requisite nowadays for first-class houses." 
• • Note: This 1912 still was taken for the Broadway musical "Winsome Widow." Mae West was in the cast during the out of town try-outs and then fired.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Australians will not be permitted to view Mae West's latest picture, 'Klondyke Annie,' as the Federal film censorship has placed a ban on it.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "Keep a diary and one day it will keep you."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A Yuma, Arizona daily mentioned Mae West.
• • Mae West biographer pays a local visit.  ...
• • Source: Item (page 18) in Yuma Sun; published on Friday, 4 June 1982
• • 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 3,700 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3711th
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 • busy in 1912

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