Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
87 years old. Mae died on November 22, 1980 due to complications of a series of strokes. She was buried in Cypress Hills Cemetery, in Brooklyn, New York.
1560 Vine Street. Audrey Hepburn's star is located at 1652 Vine Street. Marlon Brando's star is located at 1765 Vine Street and Cecil B. DeMille's star is located at 1725 Vine Street.
Way Out (Mae) West. In the 1960s, she recorded the album "Way Out (Mae) West". She appeared on the cover of the LP with David Clark Allen and his band. Songs included on this album are, "Treat Him Right", "When a Man Loves a Woman", "You Turn Me On", "Shakin' All Over", "If You Gotta Go", "Lover, Please Don't Fight", "Day Tripper", "Nerveous", "Twist and Shout", "Boom Boom" and "Mae Day".
Goodness Had Nothing to Do with It. "Goodness Had Nothing to Do with It" was published in 1959 in paperback form by Manor Books. It was re-released in 1970 by publishers, Macfadden-Bartell. In it you will find stories about her career and her love life.
18 years old. Mae and Frank wed on April 11, 1911. Shortly after, the stage partnership and the marriage partnership ended, but they weren't divorced until July 23, 1942.
Brooklyn. Mary Jane West was born on August 17, 1893 in Brooklyn, NY. Her father, John Patrick West was a professional boxer and her mother, Matilda Doelger, designed corsets.
|Mae recorded Beatles and Bob Dylan tunes during the 1960s. She guest starred in the 1970s on popular American comedy programs. Mae attended select Hollywood parties as an octogenarian. What movie from 1978, designed as a star vehicle for Ms. West, would be her last? ||The Queen - Ms. Mae West
Sextette. "Sextette" was widely criticized. It was a jumbled parody of a thinly disguised biography of Mae West's lust for younger men. Many well known actors played cameo roles with Mae to honor her longevity in show business.
Mae just couldn't resist a stud. She appeared as herself with the program's star, a hunky palomino known famously as "Mr. Ed." This episode became one of most cited by fans as their favorite of the entire sit-com series.
(Mae and I both like horses, I guess)
|Mae considered herself the equal of any man. She exemplified her personal philosophy of life by way of her career and lifestyle choices. Ms. West recalled in an interview in "Life" magazine that the title of her original 1959 autobiography revealed how she became an icon by being true to herself. Which famous West phrase revealed Mae's attitude toward her success? ||The Queen - Ms. Mae West
Goodness Had Nothing To Do With It. Prentice Hall published the first edition of Mae's autobiograpy in 1959. A second revised edition came out in 1971. To read "Goodness Had Nothing To Do With It" check your local library. See for yourself what and who Mae was actually like.
Perhaps this quote from her book best sums up Mae's attitude:
"I freely chose the kind of life I led because I was convinced that a woman has as much right as a man to live the way she does if she does no actual harm to society."
|Mae was to encounter the love of her life while she conquered the US nightclub circuit of the 1950s. She beefed up her act with the assistance of the body building boys of the "Mae West Revue". Who was the muscleman who lifted Mae's heart?||The Queen - Ms. Mae West
Charles Krauser aka Paul Novak. The men listed were all in Mae's revue. Mr. Krauser publicly punched Mr. Hargitay. Jealousy over the latter's relationship with Mae was the cause of the conflict. He needn't have worried - Mickey married Jayne Mansfield. Mr. Krauser became Paul Novak to escape notoriety. He chose instead to retire quietly to live with Mae for the next 26 years. Mae mentioned Paul, from that point on, only in passing. She would identify him as her chauffeur, bodyguard or butler. Very few people were even aware of Paul's existence until he stepped forward when Mae died.
(A pitbull becomes a poodle; Is it possible?)
|In 1944, Broadway lured Mae to return to writing plays and acting on stage. Her starring role as a libidinous Russian Tsarina, became a direct hit. What was the apt punning title of this production? ||The Queen - Ms. Mae West
Catherine was Great. Mae's return to Broadway was a triumph for her. A nationwide tour of "Catherine Was Great" was launched in 1945. Some sources say Mae considered herself to be a reincarnation of Catherine II. Essentially the play was a biographical sketch of the Tsarina.
London and New York became Mae's concurrent bases of business opportunity from 1948 to 1951. Would you conjecture that this may have contributed to another famous West quote?
"I only like two kinds of men: foreign and domestic."
While in England, Mae carried on with her traveling performances. The stage revival of her 1933 play, "Adamant Lil" appealed to Yanks and Brits alike.
(A nice import goes down well on occasion)
|The decade of the 1930s proved to be a productive time for Mae. She was credited as a writer and actress in eight movies. However, the turbulent 40s brought an end to the film phase of Mae's career. It wouldn't be until 1970 before Mae appeared in another movie. Which film co-starring W.C. Fields marked the near end of Mae's screen career? ||The Queen - Ms. Mae West
My Little Chickadee. Credit as screenwriter for "My Little Chickadee" was divided equally between Mae and W.C. This so angered Mae, as WC. was responsible for authoring only one scene, which he starred in, that she refused to ever work with him again. Mae took guff from no one. She was a type of Belle Starr in her old western themed flicks.
Classic quotes from this movie include:
Judge: "Are you trying to show contempt for this court?
Mae: "No, your Honor, I'm doing my best to hide it."
W.C. "I wonder what kind of woman you are."
Mae: "Sorry I don't give out samples."
Mae, as Flower Belle Lee, was forced to wed W,C.'s character, Cuthbert J. Twillie. He thought she was loaded...with cash. Hidden identity, thievery, an Indian attack, all these elements provide the thin plot for the comedic lines.
(I agree with Mae)
|This movie was based on the 1928 Broadway production of "Diamond Lil" that Ms. West also had penned and performed in. It was the story of a sexually liberated lady whose reward for bad behavior was diamonds. It gave Cary Grant a starring role, and it garnered an Oscar nomination for "Best Picture". Can you name this fount of famous Mae West quotes?||The Queen - Ms. Mae West
She Done Him Wrong. By riding this celluloid vehicle, Mae ultimately reaped the respect of peers and critics alike. This would be Mae's only film to be nominated for an Oscar. Long before Carol Channing and Marilyn Monroe became famous for singing "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend", Mae was flaunting this maxim on the silver screen. Censors were outraged at the sexually charged scenarios on the topics of prostitution, or the euphemistic synonym, "white slavery".
Famous for its repeated misquotes, here's the original Mae West signature line:
Mae: "Why don't you come up sometime 'n see me?"
This tag-line was spoken to Cary Grant. He portrayed the innocent mission worker and ultimate object of Mae's lustful urges. He was an undercover cop as well. The comedic plot revolves around this hidden identity and Mae's saucy lines to Cary.
(I'd like to know what happened off-screen between those two.)
|Mae's career as an actress on the silver screen began with her playing the girlfriend "Maudie" in this 1932 release. Mae was billed under George Raft. He was known for his portrayal of screen "heavies," and gangsters. The rowdy hangout featured in this movie provided the name of this flick. What was the title? ||The Queen - Ms. Mae West
Night After Night. During the scene with the coat-check girl these famous lines were spoken:
Girl: "Goodness, what beautiful diamonds."
Maudie: "Goodness had nothing to do with it, dearie."
Mae as Maudie was the girlfriend of the gangster Raft played. The film depicted Mae as the savvy girlfriend who turned the tables on her cheating boyfriend.
Ms. West seemed to have a natural inclination for comedic timing. Unlike other actors, she was able to make a smooth transition from the stage to the screen.
George Raft's other occupations included being a dancer and a boxer. Mae seemed to drift toward this type of man.
(Bad Boys Rule!)
|Mae wrote three rather successful and scandalous plays under the psuedonym of Jane Mast. With 1927's "Sex" and "The Drag" and 1928's the "Pleasure Man", Mae's reputation was firmly cast as a very early public advocate for sexual equality in relationships of all kinds. Which play made her an immediate icon for homosexual men? ||The Queen - Ms. Mae West
The Drag. "The Drag" endeared Mae as an icon to generations of gay men. Her use of melodramtic setting and satirical points of view, depicted her steadfast belief in the quality of all relationships. Mae did not discriminate. She utilized males in women's clothing and make-up, known as drag queens. These actors performed as representatives of a cross-section of society. Mae wanted to make her main concept clear; homosexuality was not limited to a certain class of people.
Forced to open in Bridgeport, Connecticut, due to her legal difficulties with "Sex" in New York, Mae managed to do quite well for herself in the areas of finance and professional acclaim.
(You Go Girl!)
|Mae's first starring role on Broadway was performing the part of Margy LaMont in the self-authored play, "Sex". For this brash act, Mae was accused, charged and convicted of the crime described as "corrupting the morals of youth". What consequences did Mae pay, as well as a $500.00 fine? ||The Queen - Ms. Mae West
Mae was sentenced to 10 days in jail.. Well, at least she wasn't sentenced to sip hemlock. "Sex" was put to bed after Mae's conviction on May 28th, 1927. After more than 300 performances, "Sex" became forbidden on the stage. (Hmm, kind of like locking the barn door after the horse was stolen.)
Mae still managed to get the last laugh. She garnered nation-wide, free publicity due to the press's frenzy to comment on the affair. This exposure gained Mae instant recognition and numerous boisterous fans. As Brendan Behan, the Irish dramatist, said "There is no such thing as bad publicity except your own obituary."
(Now who can argue with that?)
|Mae is credited with having said "Sex is emotion in motion." A woman of obvious candor, Mae was reknowned for her double entendres and clever comeback lines. What makes her an extraordinary woman is factoring in the society and culture of the times in which she lived. Mary Jane West was born in Brooklyn, New York on August 17th, 1893. What was Mae's first gig or job in show business? ||The Queen - Ms. Mae West
Theater Stock Actor. Mae was a child prodigy on stage. She began entertaining as a professional actress by age five. Mae's long-running role as "Little Nell" gave her a deserved reputation for excellence. About age 14, Mae earned the nickname of "Baby Vamp" for her work on the Vaudeville scene. She would meet and marry her stage partner Frank Wallace by age 16. Their intimate and working relationship would soon end, but they wouldn't legally divorce until 1942.
Mae's mother was a German born, bit actress whose stage name was "Champagne Til". Matilda was also a part-time corset model. Mae's father was a livery stablehand, a detective for a time, and a prizefighting boxer. Mae was known to have preferred athletic men throughout her life.
For two decades Mae honed her skills in Vaudeville, on Broadway and Burlesque stages prior to becoming a film star.
(As Edison said, "Genius is 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration.")