Monday, December 25, 2017

Mae West: Xmas Dazzler

MAE WEST got diamonds for Christmas on Tuesday, 25 December 1934.
• • "Santa Leaves Gems in Socks of Film Stars" • •
• • Mae West Gets Diamonds; Ruby Keeler Sapphires; Gracie Toys • •
• • Hollywood — Dec. 25 — United Press — Film folk and their children awoke today to find any and all manner of gifts in their stockings. Gems and jewelry were the most popular, perhaps, for the adults, but it fell upon Norman Taurog [1899 — 1981] to be the Santa Claus to give the most unique gift. Out in the garden of the Taurog home the director's daughter, Patsy Ann, found a miniature merry-go-round all set up and ready to whirl. With five wooden horses, it was complete in every detail down to the electric piano.
• • "Diamonds for Mae" • •
• • Diamonds sparkled at the home of Mae West. "Diamond Lil" justified her screen sobriquet by giving "sparklers" to her sister, brother, and father. A necklace, studded with similar stones, was the present she received in return.  ...
• • Source: Syndicated article "Mae West Gets Diamonds; Ruby Keeler Sapphires; Gracie Has Toys" printed in The Ogden-Standard Examiner; published on Tuesday evening on 25 December 1934.
• • On Friday, 25 December 1914 • •
• • Readers of Variety saw the ornate half-page advertisement for handsome Guido Deiro — — "The Master of the Piano Accordion, The Incomparable in His Line" (on the left, seated with an accordion) — — and Mae West — — "The Original Brinkley Girl, A Style All Her Own" (on the right, wearing a lovely gown) who were "Engaged Jointly as Headline Features."
• • On Thursday, 25 December 1919 • •
• • Cast in the successful Broadway hit "Sometime" [October 1918 — June 1919] as Mayme Dean, a vamp whose suitors always seem to decamp, Mae West was in the unusual position of putting across a few comically wistful laments in the show.
• • The 26-year-old performer was made up as a vamp, a la Theda Bara, after her appearance in Ned Wayburn's "Demitasse Revue" — — on the cover of a prestigious magazine, New York's Dramatic Mirror dated for Thursday, 25 December 1919. This front page has become a fabulous collector's item.
• • On Monday, 25 December 2017 • •
• • Christmas at the Bev: “A Night at the Opera” and “My Little Chickadee
• • Where: The New Beverly Cinema, 7165 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, California.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • The Mae West starrer "Klondike Lou" has become "Klondike Annie."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Every day's a holiday, Santa Claus, and the biggest and best one is right around the corner."
• • Mae West said: "I used to be Snow White, but I drifted."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Film Daily mentioned Mae West and Texas Guinan intently watching the movie "Little Caesar" in Manhattan.  Supposedly, the character of Joe Massara was based on their friend George Raft.
• • "Little Caesar" officially debuted at the Strand Theatre in New York City on 9 January 1931. …
• • Source: "'Little Caesar' Draws Notables" in The Film Daily; published on Wednesday, 21 January 1931
• • 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 3860th 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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