Today is Mae West’s birthday.
She made quite an appearance at USC in 1968 at the the DKA (Delta Kappa Alpha) professional cinematic arts fraternity annual dinner on campus at Town and Gown.
It was like a mini-version of the Academy Awards: Jimmy Stewart, Mae West and famous director Mervyn LeRoy were honored (pictured above).
Who else was there? Raquel Welch, Greer Garson, Vera Miles, Walter Pidgeon, Andy Devine plus legendary directors George Cukor and Robert Wise.
John McKay even showed up with All-Americans O.J. Simpson, Tim Rossovich and Adrian Young. They got the loudest round of applause outside of West.
When West was introduced, she had a full-length mirror, furry rug, bed and chandelier surrounding her on the stage. Simpson, Rossovich and Young were in front of her.
“I’ve been honored for many things,” West said. “But this is the first time I’ve become a fraternity brother.”
In the picture below, she was named Sweetheart of USC fraternity Sigma Chi.