One of Maynard Nottage’s early clients was the Indian snake charmer and dancer, Arimand Banu. With her erotic and exotic dancing partnered by a cobra, audiences naturally took offence.
Everywhere she went she exposed her breasts and let everyone see that she was not wearing any underwear. She proved too hot, even for Nottage to handle. Today we see the various “celebrity sex tapes” as being extraordinary but it’s really rather old hat as Arimand Banu was showing her wears and being dropped her publicist way back in 1925A German woodcarver managed to get Nottage’s attention in the early 1920’s by making wooden effigies of film stars as a way to get their autographs.
Buster Keaton was totally obsessed with his effigy and claimed it gave him nightmares, but the great actor thought it was a lucky totem which he could never throw away, and in the end it came to dominate his life. The Fame Formula by Mark Borkowski is available for pre-order from Amazon.co.uk.