Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Mae West: North Meets West

MAE WEST hosted numerous seances first in New York and then in California. As our readers prepare for Hallowe'en, let us enjoy some rumblings reported by Ravenswood tenants about the unusual encounters with Mae, who was a believer in the spiritual world.
• • This is Part 2 of 3 parts.
• • "My Haunted Hollywood" by Brandi Neal • •
• • Encounters with Mae West's ghost • •
• • Brandi Neal wrote:  And pretty much everyone who lives there just accepts that they're likely sharing space with her ghost, which seems to be pretty friendly, but sometimes likes to play pranks that include trapping tenants in the tiny, ancient elevators that are mirrored on three sides.
• • Brandi Neal wrote:  A previous tenant of West's former apartment, number 611, once asked a neighbor to snap a group photo in the apartment. When the film was developed a bosomy apparition appeared in a mirror. 
• • "I’ve never doubted anything metaphysical, but I’ve never had it so blatantly in my face," tenant David North is quoted as saying on Facebook for Bizarre Los Angeles.
• • David North suspected this was Mae West's ghost • •  . . .
• • Source:  "My Haunted Hollywood" written by Brandi Neal for Bustle; posted on Sunday, 1 October 2017.
• • On Tuesday, 24 October 1933 • •
• • Variety couldn't stop printing articles about "I'm No Angel" starring Mae West.  "Mae West Opera Wows Newark — Cops House Record, $28,000, and Held Over" ran in Variety's issue dated for Tuesday, 24 October 1933.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Film critics are predicting that you will see another new and sensational star — — none other than Mae West, the "Diamond Lil" of Broadway.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "I'm sure I could be a very bad woman if I weren't too busy doing other things."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A daily newspaper mentioned Mae West.
• • "Mae West Buys a Haunted Ranch" • •
• • The San Fernando Valley ranch which Mae West recently acquired is comprised largely of the ‘haunted’ hills which once were the hide-out of Joaquin Murietta, one of California’s most famous bandits.
• • Mae goes walking through these hills quite regularly — alone, too! “That really is the only form of exercise I take,” she remarks. "So far, I haven't seen any sign of any ghost."  . . .
• • Source: Item in Indianapolis Recorder; published on Saturday, 9 December 1939 
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 13th anniversary • •  
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past thirteen years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 3,800 blog posts. Wow!   
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started thirteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3816th 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.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/


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• • Mae West • in 1933

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