Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Mae West: Much Missed

At age 87, MAE WEST suffered a series of strokes which finally resulted in her death on Saturday, 22 November 1980 in Hollywood, California.
• • The actress took her final breaths quietly in her white and gold Hollywood apartment (The Ravenswood). Private services [conducted by Dr. Lloyd Ogilvie and attended by about 100 close friends and family] were held in the Old North Church at Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills, California.
• • Her eulogy, written by Kevin Thomas and delivered by producer Ross Hunter, concluded: “Mae West always said that no one was ever to feel sorry for her, and she would not want anyone to start now. Mae West figured that in one way or another she would live forever. And she probably will.”
Mae West, dressing room, Royale Theatre
• • Entombment was in the West family mausoleum at Cypress Hills Abbey in Brooklyn, New York.
• • Cause of death: Complications from stroke
• • Burial: Cypress Hills Cemetery
• • Brooklyn, Kings County, New York, USA
• • Photo: Preparing to play the title role of Diamond Lil, Mae West applies her make-up and adds waves to her hair in her Broadway dressing room at the Royale Theatre, New York, NY in 1928
• • On Friday, 22 November 2013 • •
• • Mae West's most successful play "Diamond Lil" was performed in Jefferson Market Library, NYC on Friday evening, 22 November 2013, in her honor.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West wore the famous West diamonds, and made a late entrance very impressively.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "This is the greatest age for women. They no longer have to sit primly on a straight-backed chair with hands folded, waiting for some guy to come and make a pass at them."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Union Leader (New Hampshire) mentioned Mae West.
• • PSU presents "The Pleasure Men" • •
• • The Union Leader wrote: The Department of Music Theatre and Dance at Plymouth State University will present “The Pleasure Men” on November 21-24 in at the Silver Center for the Arts.  “The Pleasure Men” is a deconstruction of Mae West's infamous 1928 padlocked gay play “The Pleasure Man.” The production portrays Mae West as a character and connects the play in relevant and revealing ways to contemporary life.  ...
• • Director Robin Marcotte said: “This production is for mature audiences, and those who do not blush easily.” ...
• • Source: Article: "PSU presents 'The Pleasure Men'" was printed in the Union Leader; published on Thursday, 21 November 2013
• • 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 3837th 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 • backstage in 1928

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