Courting Mae West

The play "COURTING MAE WEST: Sex, Censorship & Secrets" is based on true events during the 1920s when actress MAE WEST was arrested and jailed in New York City for trying to stage two gay plays on Broadway. Maybe she broke the law - - but the LAW couldn't break HER!

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Mae West on Ice

MAE WEST and diamonds were almost synonymous even before the creation of her most memorable character: Diamond Lil. ''I hadn't started out to collect diamonds, '' she said, ''but somehow they piled up on me.'' The onstage Diamond Lil was a singer in a Bowery saloon of the 1890's — — a bad girl with a good heart, who murdered her girlfriend, wrecked a Salvation Army hall, and sang ''Frankie and Johnny,'' wrote The New York Times [on 23 November 1980].
• • Jewelry and Christmas go together as nicely as red goes with green on holiday decorations. If you are hoping that Santa scatters some glitter around your tree, filling your New Year with sparkle plenty, then here are some precious gem quotes to meditate on.
• • "Diamonds is my career!" — — from "Diamond Lil" by Mae West
• • "What shall I wear? ... God! But he's swell. What about my diamonds? Yes, I'll wear them, too. What will he say about the diamonds? But, no, he won't ask. He'll just think and that's what I want him to do — — think!" — — from "The Constant Sinner" by Mae West
• • I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number of carats in a diamond. — — Mae West
• • No gold-digging for me; I take diamonds! We may be off the gold standard someday. — — Mae West
• • "She has more ice than a case of champagne. You can signal ships when you're hauling that kind of jewelry!" — — from "Courting Mae West"
• • Jewelry takes people’s minds off your wrinkles. — — Sonja Henie
• • Perhaps time’s definition of coal is the diamond. — — Kahlil Gibran
• • This diamond has so many carats it’s almost a turnip. — — Richard Burton
• • I really think that American gentlemen are the best after all, because kissing your hand may make you feel very very good but a diamond and a sapphire bracelet lasts forever. — — Anita Loo
• • "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" — — a song written by Jule Styne and Leo Robin


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