West, as her assistant knew her

first_img When he turned l8, she asked him to be her personal assistant, making appointments, accompanying her places and generally seeing that her best interests were served. That was in l970 and he continued to work for her until she died, in l980, at the age of 87. Speculation and rumor about her promiscuity were untrue, he said, although she did nothing to discourage them. If it was good for the box office, she’d go along with it to a degree. “She never took her clothes off for a movie scene, though. She didn’t believe in that,” he said. “As for her spoken innuendos, it wasn’t so much what she said, as the way she said it.” She wrote most of her own material, he said. “She wrote a novel, plays, made a record album and was in the process of writing another book when she died,” he said. Her charitable contributions were mainly to the Catholic Church and the Salvation Army, he said, and she was always helping people who were down-and-out “to find jobs or in other ways.” “It was necessary for her to have bodyguards to protect her because she got threats. Most people just wrote into that what they wanted to. That’s what triggered all the snide comments about the young men that surrounded her,” said Malachosky. Her only family when she died was a nephew. “I am fortunate to have 250 of her gowns, many of her hats, some jewelry and some special pieces of furniture,” said Malachosky. It was a part of his life that he cherishes, Malachosky said. “She was truly an interesting and beautiful woman,” he said. Menus for the week at the senior life nutrition sites in Lancaster and Palmdale have been announced. All meals include bread, margarine andcoffee, tea or milk, for a suggested donation of $2. Monday: Cheeseburger or fish sandwich, macaroni salad, pork and beans,condiments, tapioca pudding. Tuesday: Chicken with mushroom sauce, wild rice, soup, Normandy vegetables, Caesar salad, orange. Wednesday: Roast beef, mashed potatoes, spinach, tomato rice soup, marinated salad, chocolate cake. Thursday: Great Northern beans with ham, cornbread, juice, parslied carrots, creamy coleslaw, Jell-O with fruit. Friday: Tamale pie, Spanish rice, green beans, tossed salad, apple juice, pears. This column disseminates news of interest to seniors of all ages. Bettie Rencoret may be contacted at (661) 943-2998, or messages may be left at the Antelope Valley Bureau Daily News offices, (661) 267-5742. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! QUARTZ HILL – Curvaceous cinema star Mae West was the subject and actor Paul Newman’s Painted Turtle Camp for chronically ill youngsters was the beneficiary when four dozen local seniors packed into a chartered bus recently, destination Simi Valley. The luncheon event was a Sierra Cahuenga District No. 15, California Federation of Women’s Clubs, fundraiser coordinated by the Quartz Hill Woman’s Club and featuring Lancaster’s Tim Malachosky, who was West’s personal assistant for 10 years before her death in 1980. Most people over the age of 60 (some even younger) still remember West as the curvy, blond sex symbol who conjured up erotic fantasies with her trademark invitation: “Why doncha come up an’ see me sometime?” Malachosky, now a skin-care consultant at a Lancaster salon, met the star when he was a Santa Monica high school student. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 He wrote her a fan letter after he saw her featured in a big magazine spread. Two weeks later she responded by phone and invited him to come to her house. “I couldn’t believe it was really her,” he said. “I answered ‘Yeah, right!,’ until she said, ‘I really am Mae West, dear.’ Then I realized I wasn’t dreaming.” The teen worried that he wouldn’t be able to find her house “and about a dozen other things, too.” When he arrived, Malachosky said, “She had all these people over and she was sitting behind a glass partition. Everyone would go in, stay awhile and then they’d leave,” he said. “When I went in I was very nervous but she put me at ease, just by being down to earth and telling me she was happy to see me.” They talked a while, he said, and she asked him about his interests. She made him feel important and they became friends. last_img read more