Mae West

April 9th Celebrates Mae West

Today on Day’s to remember, we celebrate how on April 9th 1928, Mae West made her debut on Broadway in the production of “Diamond Lil.”

What was Mae West’s real name?

Yes! Born Mary Jane “Mae” West on August 17th 1893, was an American actress, singer, playwright, screenwriter, and sex symbol whose entertainment career spanned seven decades.

Known for her bawdy double entendres, West made a name for herself in vaudeville and on the stage in New York City before moving to Hollywood to become a comedian, actress, and writer in the motion picture industry.

Her father was a prizefighter known as “Battling’ Jack West” who later worked as a “special policeman”, and later had his own private investigations agency. Her mother was a former corset and fashion model.

West was born Mary Jane West in Bushwick, Brooklyn on August 17, 1893, having been delivered at home by an aunt who was a midwife.

In 1928 when Mae West created her character, Diamond Lil, for her self-penned stage play of the same name, the Mae West “character” that later we all came to know and love was finally born, albeit not quite fully grown in those early productions.

Lil was darker (quite clearly a prostitute) and less humorous in her first incarnation. The first production of Diamond Lil opened on April 9th 1928 at the Royale Theatre, New York, and ran for 176 performances.

Today’s YouTube presentation brought to you by user name, (red rose butterfly 13), gives you Mae West, as Diamond Lil.

The play reopened at the Plymouth Theatre in September of that year and ran for a total of 182 performances. It then toured and made a return to Broadway in September 1951, this time at the Broadway Theatre, and it was there that Diamond Lil, the character, took her final curtain call.

As we celebrate how on April 9th 1928, Mae West made her debut on Broadway in the production of “Diamond Lil.”

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell
jdmitchelldesigns@gmail.com

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