Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Mae West: Strident Maudie

It was on Monday, 28 November 1932, when film lovers in Rockland County heard about the new screen actress MAE WEST.
• • In Haverstraw, New York, at the Broadway Theatre on Friday and Saturday, sleek George Raft, beauteous Constance Cummings, strident Mae West, and frowsy Alison Skipworth in "Night After Night” — — a good speakeasy picture.
• • As George Raft went on to say, “She stole everything but the cameras.” Good show, Mae.
• • Source: Item in The Nyack News; published on Monday, 28 November 1932.
• • On Monday, 29 November 1948 • •
• • An American revival of "Diamond Lil" opened out of town on Monday, 29 November 1948 at Montclair, New Jersey.
• • 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 have given six life-stories but I can always give another."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An American daily newspaper mentioned Mae West.
• • Kathryn Williams wrote: “Miss” Andrea Jarvis actually rubbed shoulders with the nation’s biggest movie stars. She lived in one of Gary Cooper’s homes while in California and met actress and singer Mae West.
• • “I became good friends with her,” Jarvis said. “She’s an icon. [Designer] Elsa Schiaparelli designed her first perfume based on her.”
• • Kathryn Williams wrote:  Schiaparelli, who designed the perfume bottle “Shocking” to look like West’s hourglass shape, will be featured at the Dali Museum in a display called “Dali and Schiaparelli.” Jarvis said she has been invited to speak about her relationship with West. She even owns a few Schiaparelli hats. 
• • Hats off to Mae West • •
• • “Mae West influenced me to wear hats,” Jarvis said. She even wrote a book, “Hats R Back for Style and Health” [sic].  . . .
• • Source: Article “Local artist puts the bling in art” by Kathryn Williams for Tampa Bay Newspapers; published on Friday, 10 November 2017
• • 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 3842nd 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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