Friday, July 28, 2017

Mae West: Chap from Cardiff

On Friday, 21 July 2017 MAE WEST was in the headlines once again.
• • Mae West had lots of chauffeurs including a chap from Cardiff • •
• • Gwen James, of Swansea Heads, contacted The Herald to say that “a young chap from Cardiff, Wales had worked for [Hollywood star] Mae West as her chauffeur.” Gwen James added, “That was in the 1930s.  “She’s supposed to have employed lots of young blokes. And they didn’t last long.”
• • Damon Cronshaw wrote:  Rumour has it these young, strapping chauffeurs were used for more than driving.
• • Damon Cronshaw noted: Anyhow, Gwen James said the bloke in question had spent some time in the US, before returning to Cardiff.  . . .
• • Source: Article written by Damon Cronshaw for The Herald; published on Friday 21 July 2017.
• • On Tuesday, 28 July 1931 in NYC • •
• • An agreement between Mae West and Howard Merling (signed by both of them) acknowledged his help with background research for her novel and stage play "Babe Gordon." Additionally, there was a receipt, written by Howard Merling, noting he received the sum of $500 dollars from Mae West on Tuesday, 28 July 1931.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • It's a joy to talk to that blessed old trouper May Robson for she's as full of amusing personal anecdotes as Mae West is of curves.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "I think upward. Unpleasant thoughts drag you down."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A theatre magazine mentioned Mae West.
• • The 2002 Westport County Theatre season—which began with an Our Town headed by Paul Newman—will conclude with a musical by lyricist librettist Dick Vosburgh and composer Denis King, "A Saint She Ain't."
• • The tuner, which will run Aug. 28-Sept. 14, will enjoy its U.S. premiere in a co-production between the Berkshire Theatre Festival and Westport. The musical will play at BTF before reaching the Playhouse. Eric Hill will direct the "Hollywood inspired musical" in which each character is based on renowned Tinseltown figures, such as Mae West and W.C. Fields. The play, roughly based on Moliere's Le Cocu Imaginaire, concerns a couple of young lovers who mistakenly believe the other is being untrue.
• • "A Saint She Ain't" debuted at the UK's King's Head Theatre a couple seasons back and then transferred to the West End.  . . .
• • Source: Item in Playbill; published on  Wednesday, 26 June 2002
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 13th anniversary • •  
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past eleven years. Not long ago, 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 thirteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3754th 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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