Thursday, August 22, 2019

Mae West: 1959 Olympia SF

MAE WEST posed with a typewriter and a typist in 1932.
• • As all Mae-mavens know, her personal correspondence and even her checks were always typed. No doubt, a serious of personal assistants used a manual typewriter as part of their job. Mae admitted to Dick Cavett that she did not, in fact, type.
• • Fortunately, Mae West’s 1959 Olympia SF, on loan from the collection of Steve Soboroff, is now on display in Chicago. Let’s learn more.
• • Typewriter Tuesday: Mae West • •
• • The American Writers Museum wrote this article.
• • For today’s Typewriter Tuesday we’re taking a closer look at Mae West’s 1959 Olympia SF, on loan from the collection of Steve Soboroff.
• • You can see this machine and more on display in our special exhibit Tools of the Trade, open now.
• • Mae West, a woman of endless charisma and controversial, outspoken wit, wrote most of her own lines, and relished the trouble they brought.
• • Mae West, born in Brooklyn, started performing young, in vaudeville and jazz clubs and small parts in Broadway revues, but it was the plays she penned herself, under the pseudonym Jane Mast, that brought her to fame.
• • A typewriter from 1959 • • . . .
• • To be continued on the next post.
• • Source: American Writers Museum; posted on Tuesday, 13 August 2019.
• • On Monday, 22 August 1932 • •
• • On this date production began for the motion picture "Night After Night," which offered Mae West her first chance to be in pictures.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Perhaps surprisingly, Miss West deplores the current film trend toward sex and nudity.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "A dame that knows the ropes isn't likely to get tied up."
• • Mae West said: "Woman is capable of more trickery than man ever dreamed of. I am not defending the tricky woman, but if she is forced to battle for the place due to her, she cannot be condemned for using any ruse she can."  
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about a fundraiser mentioned Mae West.
• • Jodie Jacobs wrote:  Sonny returned to Cher, and W.C. Fields paired up again with Mae West, and it was all for a good cause. The star look-alikes were among the 130 people who turned out last weekend for the Lake County Family YMCA Scholarship Fund's movie-couple-themed "A Night to Remember V" at Midlane Country Club in Wadsworth.  . . .
• • Source: Article: "The Stars Come Out" written by Jodie Jacobs for Chicago Tribune; published on 21 August 1994 
• • 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 15th anniversary • •  
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past fifteen 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 fifteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4285th 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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  1. Hello! Love your blogs! I'm fact checking some information about Mae & Texas Guinan and was wondering if you might be willing to chat quickly. I'm trying to confirm the various reports that Texas opened the 300 Club in 1920 (widely reported) or later (also found via numerous outlets). And would she have known Mae at that time?

  2. The 300 Club at 151 W. 54th Street was one of the most successful, despite being raided many, many times.
    On July 4, 1926, the 300 Club was raided by the police.
    She reopened within days, packing the room—until February 27, 1927.
    Jurors acquitted her.
    See my blog: