Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Mae West: Diamond Street

A Brooklyn bar in the Greenpoint area was inspired by MAE WEST.
• • “Inside Diamond Lil, Greenpoint's Gorgeous Art Nouveau Bar Named for Mae West” • •
• • Nell Casey wrote: Diamond Lil, a new grown-up cocktail bar from the owner of Broken Land, opened in Greenpoint this week... and she's a real beaut. Tim Murray and his new business partner Jon Wright built the bar from the ground up, including the tin ceiling, the mosaic floor and the embossed wallpaper, which Murray painted himself.
• • Nell Casey wrote: Though [Ophelia is] not represented in paint anywhere in the bar, there's another woman whose spirit looms large: Mae West. In 1928, West debuted her play called “Diamond Lil,” a titillating show for the time that was a big success for the performer and playwright. That Mae West also lived in Greenpoint as a child — coupled with the bar's proximity to Diamond Street — sealed the deal for the bar's name.  …
• • Source: Gothamist written by Nell Casey; published on Friday, 2 June 2017.
• • On Saturday, 15 May 1948 • •
• • Mae West and Jim Timony boarded the Queen Mary on Saturday, 15 May 1948 at Southampton, England for a return voyage to New York City, arriving in their home port on 19 May 1948.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • The headline "Mae West Scouts Talk of Rift" appeared in The Los Angeles Times. The article quotes Mae West's denial of a rift between herself and Jim Timony.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Oh, am I taped up in this dress here! Better put the air conditioning on."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A trade publication mentioned Mae West.
• • "The democratization of glamour" • •
• • Jewelry historian Janet Zapata wrote: The actress who epitomized, or pos­sibly caricatured, ex­travagance was Mae West.  Her line "Without diamonds, honey, I'd feel undressed" encapsulates the importance of jewelry to her and to the film business of the period. 
• • If Marlene Dietrich radi­ated a sexy toughness, Mae West was all diamond-encrusted excess, a conscious vulgarity that was meant to make her larger than life, though she was only five feet tall. All swagger and suggestiveness, in one publicity shot she wears multiple bracelets on each arm, a ring with a large cabochon gemstone on one hand, a diamond on the other, earrings, and multiple brooches pinned to her décolleté.  ... The two-part diamond bracelet joined by two trefoil connectors in Figure 8 may be one of the brace­lets she is wearing in the studio photograph.  . . .
• • Source: Excerpt from "The democratization of glamour" written by Janet Zapata for Antiques; published in September 2014
• • The evolution of 2 Mae West plays that keep her memory alive • • 
• • A discussion with Mae West playwright LindaAnn LoSchiavo — — 
• • http://lideamagazine.com/renaissance-woman-new-york-city-interview-lindaann-loschiavo/
• • 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 3959th 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 • Juel Park's silk corset made for Mae West

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