Thursday, November 01, 2018

Mae West: Acid Burns

Preserved carefully in a box in Los Angeles is the exhibit labeled “Extortion Letters sent to MAE WEST.”
• • Text reads: Miss West We told you before $1000 or you have your face lifted Sunday by 8 o clock or by God we will get your face at Western and Sunset you personally Acid Burns  [sic]
• • Text quoted (word for word) from nitrate negative sleeve: 2475, NBox6, Oct 22 1935, Extortion Letters sent to Mae West, 10-10-35
• • Photograph of print, including letter and envelope, attached to board with tacks, with measurement strip at edge of letter
• • Suspect George Janios was released from custody two days later.
• • Envelope reads: Miss Mae West, 570 Ross More, Ravenswood Apt, Hollywood Cal. Postmark: Los Angeles, Calif., Sep 13, 11 AM, 1935. Stamped with note: Fee claimed by office [illegible] first address
• • Access to this collection is generously supported by Arcadia funds.
• • Source: UCLA archives; dated Tuesday, 22 October 1935.
• • On Wednesday, 1 November 1933 • •
• • Mae West rehearsed "Frankie and Johnny" for the broadcast on "The Rudy Vallée Hour."
• • Rudy Vallée is standing with arranger Elliott Jacobi in this photo dated Wednesday, 1 November 1933.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • The way the Mae West — Allison Skipworth moments stand out suggests the picture could have stood more of them, but the obvious intent is to nurse Miss West along. She's tossed into this one rather abruptly and without any bearing on the plot.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I have really loved only once. They always found a way to break me up with a man before it became too serious. I was not allowed to love, really love. My mother and then Timony . . . . "
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • MSN mentioned Mae West.
• • “11 words coined by celebrities” • •
• • Zoë Miller wrote:  We can thank Drake for the widespread usage of "YOLO," but the Canadian rapper wasn't the only celeb to tap into that particular zeitgeist.
• • Legendary 20th-century actress Mae West is known for the quote, "You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough."  . . .
• • Source: MSN Entertainment; published on Thursday, 11 October 2018
• • 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 4,000 blog posts. Wow!  
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fourteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4075th 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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