Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Mae West: Sturdy Escorts

On Friday, 25 June 1982, an excerpt appeared from a biography of MAE WEST. This is Part 3 of 6 parts.
• • Mae West’s Reputation Remained in Her Later Years • •
• • George Eells and Stanley Musgrove discuss the legendary star • •
• • Mae West’s dramatic arrival in 1968 • •
• • Eells and Musgrove wrote:  Her big black Cadillac limousine drew up to the side entrance of the banquet hall a couple of minutes before the showing of the clips from “Klondike Annie,” “Every Day's a Holiday,” and “Goin' to Town“ ended.
• • Mae West’s escorts were four All-American football stars • •
• • Eells and Musgrove wrote:  She was whisked through the darkened banquet hall by her sturdy escorts, who then formed a huddle around her.
• • When the lights went up, All-American football stars O.J. Simpson, Adrian Young, Ron Yary, and Tim Rossovich broke their huddle to reveal Mae.
• • Dressed in her jeweled white satin gown, a plethora of diamonds and her silver-blonde wig, she perched on the edge of a beige chaise that rested on a white fur rug. A gold candelabrum and a gold-framed mirror completed her personal color scheme.
• • Mae West was a seasoned vaudevillian • •  . . .
• • This fascinating series will be continued tomorrow.
• • Source: Journal Gazette [Mattoon, Illinois]; published on Friday, 25 June 1982.
• • On Wednesday, 24 June 1970 • •
• • "Myra Breckinridge" at the Criterion Theatre (1514 Broadway) on Tuesday, 23 June 1970. The general release was on June 24th.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West is the world's only female "Roaring Lion." The Roaring Lions are a club made up of the football players of Loyola University, and the boys recently made Mae an honorary member. Being an advocate of the water wagon, Mae presented the team with a hand-carved one for next year's games.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "The popularity of Mae West will continue just as long as Mae West wants it to.  I never let anything stop me, once I set my heart on it. I've never had a wishbone where my backbone should be."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • WITF mentioned Mae West.
• • Fred Vigeant wrote: Mae West achieved great acclaim in every entertainment medium that existed during her lifetime, spanning eight decades of the 20th century. A full-time actress at seven, a vaudevillian at 14, a dancing sensation at 25, a Broadway playwright at 33, a silver screen ingénue at 40, a Vegas nightclub act at 62, a recording artist at 73, a camp icon at 85 — — West left no format unconquered. …
• • Source: WITF; posted on Wednesday, 10 June 2020
• • 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 4,500 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fifteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4,503rd 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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• • Photo: • • Mae West • • in vaudeville circa 1915 • •
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