Friday, September 23, 2016

Mae West: Famous Corsetiere

In September 1933, MAE WEST sat down for a series of interviews with syndicated columnist Willis Thornton.
• • "Go West Young Woman, Go West" • •
• • Editor's Note: This is the first of three installments on Mae West, the  buxom actress who is restoring curves to to feminine favor.
• • Written by Willis Thornton, NEA Service Writer • •
• • Madame Binner, New York's famous corsetiere • • 
• • Corsets? Sure! They go with the hour-glass figure. But Mae West feels they needn't be an encumbrance. Mae likes a figure which has identical hip and bust measurements, with a waist 10 inches smaller. But (in 1928) when she was about to create "Diamond Lil" she went undulating right down to Madame Binner, New York's famous corsetiere, and had herself designed a corset that encouraged an upward curve for the bosom, but was short enough not to interfere with freedom of the knees.
• • The main thing, according to Mae West, about corsets, is "You got to have something to put in 'em. Know what I mean?" The whole world knows  — —  or at least it will when the new fashions appear.
• • Product of the Theater • •
• • Once more a woman of the theater dictates what her unprofessional sisters shall wear. And Mae West is essentially a woman of the theater.
• • She is a trouper, and like almost every Broadway success, hides years of unwept, unhonored and unsung trouping behind the dazzling light of present-day success.
• • From the day when she was born in that Brooklyn fastness — —  which her nativity entitles her to call "Green-pernt" — —  she was destined for the stage.  But in those days few thought that the little daughter of Jack West, Brooklyn lightweight prize fighter of the days of Sullivan and Corbett, would rule the world of fashion.
• • NEXT CHAPTER: Mae West goes on the stage at four and a half, and runs the gamut from Little Eva to a shimmy queen.
• • This has been the fourth installment of Mae West's life story written by Willis Thornton. This section (started on Tuesday) ends here.
• • "Go West Young Woman, Go West," a syndicated feature, appeared in various newspapers starting around  Sunday, 10 September 1933.  
• • On Sunday, 23 September 1934 in The L.A. Times • •
• • An article argued for censorship of the type of motion picture made by Mae West and other bombshells. "Films Should Be Fit for Children to See" was printed in The Los Angeles Times on Sunday, 23 September 1934.
• • On Monday, 23 September 1940 • •
• • "My Little Chickadee" starring Mae West and W.C. Fields was playing at the Grand Theatre, as part of a double feature, in New Zealand on Monday, 23 September 1940.  "Final screening tonight!" announced the advertisement on that date on the front page of the Bay of Plenty Beacon, Volume 3, Issue 216.  "Honestly, this is a great programme!" was lettered all in caps under the cast and credits.  "Both recommended — Censor for Adults."
• • On Tuesday, 23 September 1969 • •
• • Production on the motion picture "Myra Breckinridge" began in September — — on Tuesday, 23 September 1969 — — and Mae West (cast as Leticia Van Allen) received top billing.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • The Hollywood Reporter wrote: Mae West is to do a modernized version of "Du Barry," from a story now being developed by the William LeBaron unit.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "I had to come in like a streak of lightning."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A Singapore newspaper mentioned Mae West.
• • "I've Come to Find out, Says Mae" • •
• • The Singapore Free Press wrote: Mae West invited goggle-eyed British reporters to "come up and see me sometime" when she ran the first gauntlet of them on her arrival at Southampton at two o'clock on Wednesday morning. 
• • To keep everything above board, Mae asked them all to a press reception at the Savoy Hotel.  ...
• • Source: Item in The Singapore Free Press; published on Tuesday, 23 September 1947
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 12th anniversary • •
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past twelve years. The other day we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 3,500 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started twelve years ago in July 2004.
You are reading the 3537th blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Mae West: Creamed Chicken

In September 1933, MAE WEST sat down for a series of interviews with syndicated columnist Willis Thornton.
• • "Go West Young Woman, Go West" • •
• • Editor's Note: This is the first of three installments on Mae West, the  buxom actress who is restoring curves to to feminine favor.
• • Written by Willis Thornton, NEA Services Writer • •
• • Who could begrudge her vindication at the hands of the highest fashion authorities of Paris and America?
• • One  thing in justice ought to be made clear at the outset. Mae West  is none of your "big-horse women of the spear-carrying era. She's no frail flower, but she's really rather small. Buxom, yes, but under average height, and she says 119 is her best fighting weight.
• • She is a natural blond, and has a most amazing pair of true violet eyes, slightly slanted. Her skin is soft and fair, nostrils wide and eager, and her mouth is just a little voluptuous, and very insolent.
• • When she's going to appear in such role as the "Diamond Lil" that made, her famous, Mae admits she "fattens up" for the part — — eats creamed chicken on buttered toast, and lobster Newburg, and chocolate cream cake.  Just at the time when hopeful debutante slouchers were starving off that last couple of pounds, Mae West was eating creamed chicken on buttered toast to build up the figure that was to launch a thousand hips.
• • How It Is Accomplished • •
• • But there is hope even for those who have been denying themselves creamed chicken. Mae tells the trick: "Indent the waist, see? That accentuates the arcs. What can be accomplished by the feminine figure,  once it is nipped here and there, and allowed free rein elsewhere — — you'd be surprised!
• • Madame Binner, New York's famous corsetiere • •   . . .
• • This has been the third installment of Mae West's life story written by Willis Thornton. See Part D tomorrow.
• • "Go West Young Woman, Go West," a syndicated feature, appeared in various newspapers starting around  Sunday, 10 September 1933.  
• • On Friday, 22 September 1911 • •
• • On Friday, 22 September 1911, 18-year-old Mae West was in the spotlight. On that date, "A La Broadway" had opened at the Folies-Bergere Theatre, New York, NY. This short-lived revue closed on 30 September 1911.
• • On Saturday, 22 September 1934 • •
• • In September 1934, Mae was involved in promoting her fourth feature for Paramount Pictures: "Belle of the Nineties." This motion picture was released on September 21st. The title of the movie review published in The New York Times on Saturday, 22 September 1934 was "Mae West and Her Gaudy Retinue in 'Belle of the Nineties'." Here is the first sentence — — "Of course, Miss West is her own plot," wrote Times critic Andre Sennwald.
• • On Tuesday, 22 September 1992 • •
• • An article "Way Out West" was published (on page 57) in The Advocate (issue dated for 22 September 1992).  Journalist R.L. Pela wrote about Mae West's career.  
• • "Sex" by Mae West returns to NYC Sept 29th — Oct 2nd, 2016 • •

• • To kick off the 2016/2017 Residency with FRIGID @Horse Trade in NYC's East Village, The Dirty Blondes will present a staged reading of Mae West's play "Sex."
• • "Sex," about a sharp-witted prostitute looking for true love, was initially shut down in 1927 during its Broadway run, and its writer and lead actress Mae West was jailed for "lewdness and corrupting the youth."
• • Each evening will feature a talk back with a special guest to explore just how extreme the play was for its time, and how it's still relevant today.
• • On Friday, 30 September 2016, the guest speaker will be journalist and dramatist LindaAnn Loschiavo, whose stage play "Courting Mae West" focuses on the "Sex" trial as well as the legal ordeal surrounding Mae's second gay play "Pleasure Man" (1928), which brought her back to court numerous times between 1928 and 1930. 
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Link: http://www.thedirtyblondes.org/sex-by-mae-west.html

• • Overheard in Hollywood • •

• • Universal catches Mae West on a delayed rebound from Paramount, teaming her with W.C. Fields for a hefty package of lusty humor. Picture marks return of Mae West to the screen after two years absence.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:   "And then, when the company had left, I'd imitate 'em, saying everything they'd said in the same voice.  I could imitate anybody."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A news item by Kevin Thomas revealed the private life of Mae West.
• • Mae West was the genuine article — — even if not all her diamonds were real. Such were my thoughts as Joe Gold and I, both longtime friends of Mae's, went over the jewelry and memorabilia that her longtime companion Charles Krauser had stored after her death in 1980 at 87.  ...
• • Source: News Item: "Up for Bid: All That Glittered on Mae West" written by Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer for The L.A. Times; posted on Friday, 22 September 2000
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 12th anniversary • •
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past twelve years. The other day we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 3,500 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started twelve years ago in July 2004.
You are reading the 3536th blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Mae West: Curvilinear Ideals

In September 1933, MAE WEST sat down for a series of interviews with syndicated columnist Willis Thornton.
• • "Go West Young Woman, Go West" • •
• • Editor's Note: This is the first of three installments on Mae West, the  buxom actress who is restoring curves to to feminine favor.
• • Written by Willis Thornton, NEA Services Writer • •
• • Away with depression, repression, suppression, at a single sweep.  Long live expression, confession and exposition!
• • All this is very much of a personal triumph for Mae West. Like every zealot who triumphs in a long and holy crusade, Mae West has suffered for her cause.
• • When Irene Castle was converting a nation to bobbed hair and the slender silhouette, where was Mae West? Doing a weight-lifting act in vaudeville, that's where she was, and being Just as buxom about it as though Irene Castle had never existed.
• • When the short skirt, and Marlene Dietrich were focusing attention on legs, where was Mae West? She was being Cleopatra in a Shubert Revue number called "Shakespeare's Garden of Love" — — and a very swell Cleopatra she must have been, too. For it's highly unlikely that the Serpent of the Nile was addicted to 10-day diets.
• • Triumph Comes at Last • •
• • Mae West has worked long and hard in comparative obscurity for this moment of triumph, been true to her curvilinear ideals when famished flappers scoffed. She has even been cast into a dungeon (oh, well, served a term on New York's Welfare island) for her devotion to the idea that a woman "should have something and show it." Who could begrudge her vindication at the hands of the highest fashion authorities of Paris and America?  . . .
• • This has been the second installment of Mae West's life story written by Willis Thornton. See Part C tomorrow.
• • "Go West Young Woman, Go West," a syndicated feature, appeared in various newspapers starting around  Sunday, 10 September 1933.  
• • On Friday, 21 September 1934 • •
• • Around 21 September 1934, Mae West was busy promoting her latest release: "Belle of the Nineties."
• • On Friday, 21 September 1934 • •
• • On Friday, 21 September 1934, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published this tidbit under "Hollywood Gossip": Mae West is planning to back a stock company on the coast.  Her sister, Beverly, and her manager, James Timony, will head the enterprise. 
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae enjoyed eating the eggplant parmigiana at Casa D'Oro in Westwood.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "Knowing what you want is the first step toward getting it. There's nothing better in life than diamonds."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A reporter from Reuters mentioned Mae West.
• • Actress Mae West, 72, Has Nervous Collapse • •
• • Hollywood — Mae West, 72, was reported in "satisfactory" condition today in Cedars of Lebanon Hospital where she was admitted last Thursday for treatment of a "nervous collapse."
• • Attendants indicated Saturday that she would be released within a few days.
• • Source: News by Reuters rpt by Huntingdon Daily News; published on Monday, 21 September 1964
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 12th anniversary • •
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past twelve years. The other day we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 3,500 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started twelve years ago in July 2004.
You are reading the 3535th blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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