Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Fabulous Brooklyn Ladies

December 15th was the birthdate of Betty Smith, author of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I confess I never read the novel, but I know enough to say the book did much to shape people's perceptions of the borough. And I do know this: Publications so frequently play on the book's title for the sake of a headline ("A Podiatrist's Office Grows in Brooklyn") that I'm considering passing a petition around, or calling for a moratorium, something ... It has to be stopped.
That small gripe aside, it seems like she was a real cool lady. You can read more about her in these Eagle stories:

I was also happy to learn a bit about another Brooklyn native this week. The actress Mae West of "Why don't you come up and see me sometime?" fame was born in Bushwick to a prizefighter-turned-detective and ex-fashion model. With that lineage, what choice did she have really but to become the saucy, irreverent, walking sexual innuendo the world was waiting for? The Brooklyn Eagle ran an amusing story this week about Mae being banned from NBC radio after a salacious interview with the wooden puppet Charlie McCarthy. Mae Gets Into Hot Water Again


1 comment:

Mae West NYC said...

Dear Phoebe: Always happy to read the venerable Brooklyn Eagle and especially their coverage on MAE WEST. Did you know that the origin of the expression "I heard it through the Grapevine" began one block away from The New School? Did you know that Teddy's [in Brooklyn] is lying when they boast that Mae West was "born upstairs"? Did you know that Mae's father used to patrol Graham Avenue? And did you know that Mae West was arrested and jailed at the Jefferson Market Judicial Complex [on Sixth Avenue & W. 10th Street] during the 1920s - - - events that are the basis of the play "COURTING MAE WEST"? Right in your own backyard, eh? Come up and see Mae, honey . . . . MaeWest.blogspot.com . . . CourtingMaeWest.blogspot.com