Monday, May 20, 2019

Mae West: George Litto

The talent agent who convinced MAE WEST to star in the play “Come on Up (Ring Twice)” has died. 
• • George Litto, Former Talent Agent and Producer of Brian De Palma Films, Dies at 88 • •
• • Mike Barnes wrote: A native of Philadelphia, George Litto attended Temple University and received a bachelor's degree in business. He started out in the mailroom at the William Morris Agency in New York in 1954; nine months later, he became an agent booking summer stock theater.
• • First client was Mae West • •
• • Mike Barnes wrote: He got his first client, Mae West, to star in the play “Come on Up (Ring Twice).”  …
• • Mike Barnes wrote: Litto worked for a few boutique agencies in Los Angeles before opening The George Litto Agency in 1965, and he made a specialty out of representing writers, many of whom were affected by the blacklist.
• • Mike Barnes wrote: Litto died Monday, 29 April 2019 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles of complications from aortic stenosis, his daughter Andria Litto announced.  …
• • Source: The Hollywood Reporter; published on Tuesday, 7 May 2019.
• • On Sunday, 20 May 1934 in The L.A. Times • •
• • The article "So Mae West's Slipping? Not So She Can Notice It!" was published in The Los Angeles Times in their weekend edition on Sunday, 20 May 1934. By then Mae had two motion picture hits behind her — — and her third "Belle of the Nineties" would be released in September 1934.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Whether Mae West, of the films, ever was married to Frank Wallace was a question revived today by a suit filed in superior court here.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I never enter a room — — either on social or business duties — — without letting the man across from me know that he is talking to a woman."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Argus in Melbourne, Australia mentioned Mae West.
• • Mae West takes the mountain to Mahomet in "My Little Chickadee." She goes out West instead of inviting it to come up and see her. Here she takes up with the bulbous-nosed comedian W. C. Fields and matches him in an orgy of galloping hooves, blazing six-shooters, and the usual Westian and Fields-ish badinage. A strange mixture, but a satisfactory one.  ...
• • Source: Movie Page: "Mae Out West: My Little Chickadee at the Liberty Theatre"; published on Monday, 20 May 1940
• • 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 14th anniversary • •  
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past fourteen years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 4,200 blog posts. Wow!  
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fourteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4216th 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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