Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Mae West: Mae in WeHo

On Wednesday, 20 June 2018, MAE WEST will once again meet screen actress Bette Davis.
• • WeHo Artists and Icons presents: When Bette Met Mae at 7 o’clock.
• • Where: West Hollywood City Council Chambers, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood, California 90069.
• • This event is part of the City of West Hollywood's One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival which takes place from May 22 — June 30. For more information and to see a full list of events, please follow @WeHoArts on social media.
• • The first meeting of West Hollywood resident Bette Davis and screen icon Mae West took place in 1972 at the home of Charles Pollock on Orlando Avenue. It was a cocktail and dinner gathering of only seven people. Bette and Mae discussed their careers, loves, families, hopes and thoughts on work in film, their successes, men, and each other. It revealed a rare and personal glimpse of these strong women.
• • The evening's conversation was captured on cassette tape and 40 years later that tape was used to dub in the audio portion of a recreation of that evening using actors chosen to visually bring the guests to life while hearing the actual taped words of Bette Davis and Mae West.
• • The film represents a first effort in history to create video from an authentic live tape recording. It is a fun, sometimes outrageous, entertaining and very personal historical look at two iconic women; unrehearsed, honest and a funny evening bringing the viewer to the party.
• • «When Bette Met Mae» is the winner of “Best Documentary» at Hollywood & Vine Film Fest” and “Audience Favorite Film” at the DTLA Film Festival.
• • This screening of the 65-minute documentary will be followed by a brief discussion with Wes Wheadon, the Writer/Director of the film and a panel of people involved in the film along with a talk-back.
• • Free Admission. RSVP requested.
• • On Monday, 20 June 1932 • •
• • Eleanor Barnes, a columnist for the Los Angeles Illustrated Daily News wrote this: Mae West — — big and buxom — — no indeed, svelte and blonde, blew in on the Chief from New York, tired, not cranky, but peeved at the Great American desert for providing her with weather that was too torrid for even Mae to work in. "Diamond Lil" has yet to see a movie studio first-hand. She has never even seen a talkie made — — even in Gotham.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mahlon Hamilton was cast as a sideshow spectator in the opening scene of "I'm No Angel" [1933], one of the men pressing closer to ogle Tira in her hilariously over-the-top "Little Egypt" costume.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "My weakness for 'tall, dark and handsome' men is my only screen preference."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A California daily mentioned Mae West.
• • “T.T. Talks” • •
• • Columnist Tallant Tubbs wrote: Mae West earned more than $400,000 one year.  Supposing Mae had felt unusually generous that year and- had told the studio officials to send $lOO,OOO direct to the Los Angeles Community Chest instead of giving that $lOO,OOO check to her.
• • Tallant Tubbs wrote: Do you think for a minute that government officials would let Mae got. away with it and report her earned income only as $300,000 ? No, NOT A CHANCE.
• • Tallant Tubbs wrote: By not accepting the $lOO,OOO check herself, Mrs. Roosevelt escapes close to $50,000 in Federal taxes and about a third of that in New York State taxes. It’s true that the money goes to charity but that hasn’t anything to do with the question of the law and with the question of Mrs. Roosevelt’s being a tax dodger.
• • Source: Item (page 1) in Sausalito News; published on Friday, 18 June 1937
• • The evolution of 2 Mae West plays that keep her memory alive • • 
• • A discussion with Mae West playwright LindaAnn LoSchiavo — — 
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• • 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 3,900 blog posts. Wow!  
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started thirteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3984th 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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