Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Mae West: In Praise of Sextette

MAE WEST had many admirers: some who enjoyed her and others who understood her. John Seal, who recommends “Sextette,” explains  how to appreciate this campy comedy. This is part 1 of 9.
• • Berkeleyside’s film writer John Seal looks at a movie he recommends you check out on DVD.
• • John Seal wrote: “Why are you watching this?” If you’re at all like me, you’ve been asked this question on more than one occasion in your life.
• • John Seal wrote:Thankfully, I always have logic and reason on my side: It’s got Whit Bissell in it.” “I’ve seen all the other Edward L. Cahn films.” “Look, there’s Bronson Canyon!”
• • Making a case for “Sextette • •

• • John Seal wrote: Or, in the case of "Sextette," let us say “Mae West, Timothy Dalton, and Dom Deluise are the leads, and they all get to sing!”
• • John Seal wrote: Independently produced and distributed via Crown International Pictures, "Sextette" attempted to cross-pollinate the magic of Golden Age Hollywood with elements of contemporary pop culture, the end product presumably being an irresistible taste treat for the entire family.
• • Mae West: “Sextette” is pure camp • • ...   
• • John Seal's 9-part analysis of ”Sextette” will continue.
• • Source: Berkeleyside; published on Tuesday, 15 June 2010.
• • On Saturday, 19 January 1889 • •
• • It was Saturday, 19 January 1889, in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY, Battling Jack West and Tillie Delker took their wedding vows before a local minister with Jack's sister Julia West acting as maid of honor.
• • California biographer Emily Wortis Leider wrote: If they knew about it, Matilda's family almost certainly would have attempted to thwart her impetuous marriage at age eighteen to John "Battlin' Jack" West, a cigar-chomping, street-smart tough. The marriage certificate of Tillie Delker and John West, dated January 19, 1889, in the city of Brooklyn — — a separate city then, not yet a part of metropolitan New York — — lists the groom's age as twenty-two, his birthplace as New York City, and his occupation: "mechanic."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • No one was more surprised than Cary Grant at how successful he was opposite the voracious Mae West.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Homely men make good husbands. They usually have more S.A."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article on films mentioned Mae West.
• • 8 Vintage New Year’s Eve Movies to Watch Before the Ball Drops • •
• • "Every Day’s a Holiday" (1937) • •
• • Laura Dorwart wrote: From the clink of champagne glasses to slinky-sparkly gowns and the chance to reinvent yourself again and again, Mae West seems to embody the spirit of New Year’s Eve. In Every Day’s a Holiday, for which she co-wrote the script, West plays an 1890s con artist who disguises herself as a cabaret singer after she’s pushed to leave New York City by a disgruntled police captain.
• • Laura Dorwart wrote: Instead of booking the next train ticket out of town, though, West dons a wig to entertain and seduce all the right men before the stroke of midnight at a raucous New Year’s Eve party. But don’t worry: Things will turn out all right in the end for Mae West’s character…as they always do.
• • Source: ShowBiz Cheat Sheet; posted on Tuesday, 29 December 2020

• • The evolution of 2 Mae West plays that keep her memory alive • •
• • A discussion with Mae West playwright LindaAnn LoSchiavo — —
• • http://lideamagazine.com/renaissance-woman-new-york-city-interview-lindaann-loschiavo/

• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 16th anniversary • • 
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past fifteen years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 4,600 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fifteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4,651st 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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Monday, January 18, 2021

Mae West: A Cult Film

In 1967, 73-year-old MAE WEST told Helen Lawrenson (during an interview for Esquire) that “if you didn’t know how old I am, a person’d think I’m twenty-six.”  
• • Eleven years later, in 1978, Mae would play a coquettish bride in "Sextette." Was it a good film or a misfire? Journalist Steve Palace has his own perspective. This is Part 6 of 6 parts.
• • "Sextette" — Mae West’s Last Movie Saw Her Play the Vamp in Her 80s! • •
• • Mae West: An embarrassing attempt at camp • •

• • Critics didn’t hold back, with savage assessments appearing in the press. Variety described "Sextette" as “an embarrassing attempt at camp from the lady who helped invent the word.” The New York Times called it “a poetic, terrifying reminder of how a virtually disembodied ego can survive total physical decay and loss of common sense.”
• • Mae West passed away in 1980, following a stroke. People were quick to laugh at her final foray on the big screen, but ultimately movies like "Go West, Young Man" (1936) and "My Little Chickadee" with W.C. Fields (1940) are what she’ll be remembered for.
• • Steve Palace wrote: She made one last request for audiences to come up and see her some time. They didn’t accept, but the offer is appreciated today by cult film fans…
• • This feature as reached the sixth segment. A critic's appreciation of “Sextette” will follow.
• • Source: The Vintage News; published on Tuesday, 29 September 2020.
• • Cary Grant [1904 — 1986] • •
• • It's a kick to see January birthday boy Cary Grant [18 January 1904 — 29 November 1986] opposite Mae West before his own movie star status rose high on the marquee.
• • Watch their two smash hits on the Criterion Channel.
• • On Sunday, 18 January 1981 in Hollywood • •  
• • "Mae West Left Million, Mostly to Her Sister" • •
• • Los Angeles, Jan. 18th, 1981 — Reuters — Mae West, who died in November at the age of 87, left $1 million, according to her Will filed in court here.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West, being one of the screen's leading luminaries, and something of a national sensation, has been deluged with requests for the use of her name. Occasionally she has been agreeable, but for the most part she has declined with thanks.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "A noted sculptor is doing my figure in marble and says I'd have made a perfect stand-in for Venus. Flattering, of course. But maybe not. That dame was cold, and didn't have any arms."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article on “Sextette” discussed Mae West.
• • Nathan Rabin of A.V. Club wrote: In an interview about the film, Ian Whitcomb, who clearly adores Mae West and considers working with her one of the highlights of a busy and eclectic career, shares the tragi-comic story of watching an already-senile Miss West meet with a costumer for the film early in the project and look at an old picture of herself from decades before.
• • Nathan Rabin of A.V. Club wrote: A nostalgic West told the costumer that she wanted a diaphanous gown exactly like the one she wore in the picture. Furthermore, she proclaimed, she wanted the handsome co-star in the picture to star in her new film as well.
• • Nathan Rabin of A.V. Club wrote: As tactfully as possible, the costumer told West that wouldn’t be possible, since the man in the picture had died more than 20 years earlier. ...
• • Source: A.V. Club; published on Wednesday, 29 February 2012

• • The evolution of 2 Mae West plays that keep her memory alive • •
• • A discussion with Mae West playwright LindaAnn LoSchiavo — —
• • http://lideamagazine.com/renaissance-woman-new-york-city-interview-lindaann-loschiavo/

• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 16th anniversary • • 
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past fifteen years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 4,600 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fifteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4,650th 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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Friday, January 15, 2021

Mae West: Ringo Recalled

In 1967, 73-year-old MAE WEST told Helen Lawrenson (during an interview for Esquire) that “if you didn’t know how old I am, a person’d think I’m twenty-six.”  
• • Eleven years later, in 1978, Mae would play a coquettish bride in "Sextette." Was it a good film or a misfire? Journalist Steve Palace has his own perspective. This is Part 5 of 6 parts.
• • "Sextette" — Mae West’s Last Movie Saw Her Play the Vamp in Her 80s! • •
• • Mae West: Aching for the spotlight • •

• • Steve Palace wrote: Ringo Starr recalled an invitation to dinner during the making of "Sextette." He says: “Mae gets there an hour earlier than you to do the lights… we heard later she does that wherever she goes.” Even away from the camera she wanted to be the perfect movie star.
• • Charlotte Chandler interviewed West in 1979. “I ached for it, the spotlight,” the veteran revealed, “which was like the strongest man’s arms around me, like an ermine coat.”
• • "Sextette" was distributed independently from Hollywood studios by Crown International Pictures. In previous times West worked with Columbia, Paramount and Universal Pictures.
• • Her salacious antics practically wrote the book on media censorship. Now she was out on her own.
• • With a budget of up to $8 million, the film had a lot riding on it. It made a mere $50,000 at the box office.
• • Mae West: An embarrassing attempt at camp • • ...      
• • This feature will continue until the sixth segment.
• • Source: The Vintage News; published on Tuesday, 29 September 2020.
• • On Wednesday, 15 January 1936 • •
• • Mae West's ally Emanuel Cohen [1892 — 1977] had packed up his bags at Paramount, which started to feel as cozy and congenial as the North Pole under the new studio boss Ernst Lubitsch [1892 — 1947].
• • On Wednesday, 15 January 1936, Variety Magazine was reporting doom and gloom on Hollywood and Vine. According to Variety: Mae West had been warned that she must strictly follow orders and that Paramount's production chief would not tolerate any challenges or deviations. Several directors found letters to that effect in their mailboxes as well.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West was more than just her measurements and her ferocious frankness. She was a keen marketer, creating projects for herself when none were available or even being offered. She took her talents to Broadway, to regional theater, she toured the country with her revue, and kept her soon to be celebrated vulgarity as a topic of publicity rag reality.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Like men? Sure, I've known lots of them, but in later years I've never found one I liked well enough to marry."  
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article on “Sextette” discussed Mae West.
• • Mae West Made this "Insane" Film in her 80's • •
• • PBS wrote: The film "Sextette," which Mae West made when she was in her 80's, was actually a "radical power move," according to comedian Natasha Lyonne. It demonstrated West's supreme confidence as a woman trying to defy the taboo against sexual older women. At the same time, it showed that the persona Mae West created in the 30's was so original that it could endure into the 1970's and beyond.  ...
• • Source: PBS; posted on Tuesday, 16 June 2020

• • The evolution of 2 Mae West plays that keep her memory alive • •
• • A discussion with Mae West playwright LindaAnn LoSchiavo — —
• • http://lideamagazine.com/renaissance-woman-new-york-city-interview-lindaann-loschiavo/

• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 16th anniversary • • 
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past fifteen years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 4,600 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fifteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4,649th 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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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Mae West: False Rumors

In 1967, 73-year-old MAE WEST told Helen Lawrenson (during an interview for Esquire) that “if you didn’t know how old I am, a person’d think I’m twenty-six.”  
• • Eleven years later, in 1978, Mae West would play a coquettish bride in "Sextette." Was it a good film or a misfire? Journalist Steve Palace has his own perspective. This is Part 4 of 6 parts.
• • "Sextette" — Mae West’s Last Movie Saw Her Play the Vamp in Her 80s! • •
• • Mae West: Ken Hughes fed lines to Mae • •
• • Steve Palace wrote: Ken Hughes would speak lines to West, saving her the trouble of memorizing them.
• • Steve Palace wrote: Tony Curtis made mischief in later years. He claimed the earpiece sometimes resulted in West repeating a police radio feed rather than her dialogue.

• • Steve Palace wrote: Dalton seems to have enjoyed her company. His opinion of the movie is low, but he had respect for this unlikely leading lady. He told AV Club in 2014: “her life had spanned the greatest technological upheaval in the history of human beings ever… she was fascinating in that sense to talk with."
• • Steve Palace wrote: Ringo Starr contributes to new PBS documentary ‘Mae West: Dirty Blonde’, reported on by Vanity Fair.
• • Mae West: Aching for the spotlight • • ...
• • This feature will continue until the sixth segment.
• • Source: The Vintage News; published on Tuesday, 29 September 2020.
• • On Tuesday, 14 January 1958 • •
• • "Mae West Adds to Millions" • •
• • Hollywood — — Mae West added to her millions by unloading a hunk of real estate in Hollywood. The Palladium, a new $500,000 version of the same-named landmark ballroom on Sunset Boulevard, will be built there. Miss West's Maemoirs [sic], incidentally, will be published by PrenticeHall next spring.
• • Source: Mike Connolly's Hollywood column rpt in The Desert Sun; published on Tuesday, 14 January 1958.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • "Sextette" is amateur filmmaking at its most delirious, complete with a rousing production-number version of “Hooray for Hollywood” ― — but Mae West herself remains indefatigably game throughout.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "Homely man often have more sex appeal."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Variety mentioned Mae West (spelling her first name "May").
• • "Production Engagements" • •
• • May (sic) West, by the Shuberts for the show atop the Century Roof. ...
• • Source: Variety; published on Friday, 14 January 1921

• • The evolution of 2 Mae West plays that keep her memory alive • •
• • A discussion with Mae West playwright LindaAnn LoSchiavo — —
• • http://lideamagazine.com/renaissance-woman-new-york-city-interview-lindaann-loschiavo/

• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 16th anniversary • • 
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past fifteen years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 4,600 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fifteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4,648th 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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Mae West: Top Billed

In 1967, 73-year-old MAE WEST told Helen Lawrenson (during an interview for Esquire) that “if you didn’t know how old I am, a person’d think I’m twenty-six.”  
• • Eleven years later, in 1978, Mae would play a coquettish bride in "Sextette." Was it a good film or a misfire? Journalist Steve Palace has his own perspective. This is Part 3 of 6 parts.
• • "Sextette" — Mae West’s Last Movie Saw Her Play the Vamp in Her 80s! • •
• • Mae West: Was top-billed • •
• • Steve Palace wrote: She made a rare return to movies for 1970 political satire "Myra Breckinridge." There she was top-billed, though Raquel Welch adorned posters as the sexy star. Not that it helped the production much — audiences and critics weren’t impressed.

• • Was "Sextette" a good idea? • •
• • Steve Palace wrote: "Sextette" was West’s last, ill-advised roll of the dice.
• • Steve Palace wrote: Director Ken Hughes (‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’) performed rewrites on the screenplay. West — whose hearing wasn’t what it was — needed an earpiece in order to accommodate his instructions, plus any last minute changes.
• • Mae West: Hughes fed her lines • • ...   
• • This feature will continue until the sixth segment.
• • Source: The Vintage News; published on Tuesday, 29 September 2020.
• • On Saturday, 13 January 1945 • •
• • "Catherine Was Great" featured Mae West onstage in her stunning Russian empress regalia. Mike Todd's lavish production was onstage from 2 August 1944 — 13 January 1945 on Broadway, which ran for 191 performances. The play was staged at the Shubert Theatre, then it moved to the Royale.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West, author, producer, and star of the stage show "Diamond Lil" and famous on the screen. is ill with abdominal trouble.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "The act went over very big."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article on “Sextette” discussed Mae West.
• • "Go West, Old Mae" • •
• • Gilbert Adair wrote: If Mae West’s birthdate had not been authenticated as 1892 [sic], I would be tempted to claim her as the reincarnation of Oscar Wilde. Where else, save in photographs of Wilde, have I seen the same odalisque’s posture, the same sailor’s gait, the same corseting and rouge, the same court of adoring and adorable young men?
• • Gilbert Adair wrote: Mae West's resonant wisecracks resemble Oscar Wilde’s universal epigrams as a wad of chewing-gum may be said to resemble an iridescent soap bubble.  ...
• • Source: Film Comment; dated from the issue May — June 1980

• • The evolution of 2 Mae West plays that keep her memory alive • •
• • A discussion with Mae West playwright LindaAnn LoSchiavo — —
• • http://lideamagazine.com/renaissance-woman-new-york-city-interview-lindaann-loschiavo/

• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 16th anniversary • • 
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past fifteen years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 4,600 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fifteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4,647th 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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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Mae West: Eclectic Casting

In 1967, 73-year-old MAE WEST told Helen Lawrenson (during an interview for Esquire) that “if you didn’t know how old I am, a person’d think I’m twenty-six.”  
• • Eleven years later, in 1978, Mae would play a coquettish bride in "Sextette." Was it a good film or a misfire? Journalist Steve Palace has his own perspective. This is Part 2 of 6 parts.
• • "Sextette"
Mae West’s Last Movie Saw Her Play the Vamp in Her 80s! • •
• • Mae West: Had an eclectic cast • •
• • Steve Palace wrote: As well as Dalton – whose character is revealed to be a British spy, long before he became 007 – and Curtis, the movie featured an eclectic cast. George Hamilton, Walter Pidgeon and George Raft rubbed shoulders with Ringo Starr, Alice Cooper and legendary hellraiser Keith Moon.

• • Other players included Dom DeLuise and Regis Philbin.
• • Steve Palace wrote: West started off on stage and continued writing and performing after her film career faded. "Sextette" was adapted by Herbert Baker from her 1961 play of the same name. When she trod the boards in that production it had been 18 years since her last picture, ‘The Heat’s On.’
• • Mae West: Was top-billed • • ...    
• • This feature will continue until the sixth segment.
• • Source: The Vintage News; published on Tuesday, 29 September 2020.
• • On Saturday, 12 January 1929 • •
• • "Diamond Lil" was staged at the Royale Theatre in New York City on 9 April 1928 and closed on Saturday night, 12 January 1929 after 323 performances.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • When Harry Zehner, confidential secretary to Carl Laemmle, Jr. suggested Mae West as a screen possibility to the powers at Universal, he was howled down.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  “When women go wrong, men go right after them.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article on “Sextette” discussed Mae West.
• • "Go West, Old Mae" • •
• • Gilbert Adair wrote: In its negation—by conspiracy of silence, as it were—of the leading lady’s age, “Sextette” resembles Pierre Zucca’s brilliant and peculiar “Roberte,” about which I already wrote in my Paris Journal (July
August, 1978). Zucca could not but cast Denise Morin Sinclaire in the role of Roberte, since she had been Roberte (Klossowski’s Muse) all her married life, just as Mae West continues to play the self she once had been.
• • Gilbert Adair wrote: That neither lady is any longer in her prime was doubtless deemed less crucial a guarantee of authenticity. ...
• • Source: Film Comment; dated from the issue May — June 1980

• • The evolution of 2 Mae West plays that keep her memory alive • •
• • A discussion with Mae West playwright LindaAnn LoSchiavo — —
• • http://lideamagazine.com/renaissance-woman-new-york-city-interview-lindaann-loschiavo/

• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 16th anniversary • • 
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past fifteen years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 4,600 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fifteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4,646th 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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Monday, January 11, 2021

Mae West: Talked About

In 1967, 73-year-old MAE WEST told Helen Lawrenson (during an interview for Esquire) that “if you didn’t know how old I am, a person’d think I’m twenty-six.”  
• • Eleven years later, in 1978, Mae would play a coquettish bride in "Sextette." Was it a good film or a misfire? Journalist Steve Palace has his own perspective. This is Part 1 of 6 parts.
• • "Sextette" — Mae West’s Last Movie Saw Her Play the Vamp in Her 80s! • •
• • Steve Palace wrote: Classic Hollywood siren Mae West attempted one last big screen blowout with 1978’s "Sextette." The results were much talked about… for the wrong reasons. The fondly-remembered star wanted to vamp it up at the ambitious age of 84!

• • Steve Palace wrote: The story, a musical, focused on glamorous sex symbol Marlo Manners and her octogenarian efforts at consummating a marriage with husband no. 6 Sir Michael Barrington (Timothy Dalton, in his early 30s). The setting is a hotel at which a world peace conference just so happens to be taking place.
• • Steve Palace wrote: Not only are the happy couple frequently interrupted, but Marlo Manners is called upon to serve her country in an unexpected way… by bedding former partner Alexei Andreyev Karansky (Tony Curtis). Only by sleeping with him can the planet be saved!
• • Mae West: Had an eclectic cast • • ...    
• • This feature will continue until the sixth segment.
• • Source: The Vintage News; published on Tuesday, 29 September 2020.
• • On Saturday, 11 January 1919 in Judge Magazine • •
• • The iconic publication Judge featured three hot topics in their weekend issue dated 11 January 1919 — — vaudevillian Mae West, the illustrator John Held Jr, and the Armistice.
• • The cover announced "War ends!" Judge's editorial office at that time was 225 Fifth Avenue, NYC.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Impressionable young people see the delightfully wicked Mae West grandly rewarded for her naughtiness in "She Done Him Wrong." What will be their reaction?
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: Very few people know my secret ambition to be a lion-tamer. It began when as a child my father took me to my first circus at Coney Island. Through the years I mentioned it very rarely and only to intimates.
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A headline in Singapore focused on Mae West and NBC.
• • "Mae West Is Banned Name" • •
• • The National Broadcasting Company New York recently banned the use of Miss Mae West's name in scripts broadcast by any of its managed or operated stations. ....
• • Source: The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser; published on Friday, 7 January 1938

• • The evolution of 2 Mae West plays that keep her memory alive • •
• • A discussion with Mae West playwright LindaAnn LoSchiavo — —
• • http://lideamagazine.com/renaissance-woman-new-york-city-interview-lindaann-loschiavo/

• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 16th anniversary • • 
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past fifteen years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 4,600 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fifteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4,645th 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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Friday, January 08, 2021

Mae West: French Hallmarks

MAE WEST's Art Deco diamond bracelet, purchased by Neil Lane, has been worn on notable occasions. Imagine it lighting up your wrist as you read this.  This is Part 6 of 6 parts, the finale.
• • The Love Story Behind Mae West’s Jewels • •    
• • Goodness had everything to do with it • •
• • Mae West: A diamond Art Deco bracelet • •        
• • Marion Fasel wrote: Neil Lane who was very moved by the love story, purchased the extra wide diamond Art Deco bracelet with French hallmarks for his Archive Collection. While the piece is not for sale, Neil has lent it to stars on very special occasions.
• • Marion Fasel wrote: Madonna wore the jewel in her 2006 Hollywood video.
• • Marion Fasel wrote: Catherine Zeta Jones sported the jewel in her 2002 Oscar winning role as the vixen Velma Kelly in “Chicago,” the filmed version of the Broadway play.
• • Marion Fasel wrote: I feel certain Mae West would have loved that her jewelry is still appearing on strong women delivering sassy and memorable performances.
• • This off-the-wall feature has six segments, which you have just finished reading.
• • Source: The Adventurine; posted on Thursday, 15 November 2018.
• • On Tuesday, 8 January 1935 in Los Angeles • •
• • Busy filming a new motion picture, Mae West had to miss half a day's shooting to attend the funeral of her father in Los Angeles — — on 8 January 1935.
• • On Monday, 8 January 1940 in Hollywood • •

• • "My Little Chickadee" had wrapped. Universal was hard at work, courting Mae West and hoping to have her do another film for them.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West, being one of the screen's leading luminaries, and something of a national sensation, has been deluged with requests for the use of her name.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "That's why I want you to see her story — — because her-story is the real lowdown."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article on Mickey Hargitay's daughter mentioned Mae West.
• • Cheat Sheet wrote:  But how did Mariska Hargitay’s two famous parents meet? It turns out Jayne laid eyes on Mickey Hargitay while he performed, and the romance blossomed from there. They would go on to get married and have three children to boot, living their lives in the spotlight.
• • According to The Guardian, Jayne Mansfield saw Mickey at "The Mae West Revue" in 1956, where he was performing. In 1958 they finally married each other, but the romance didn’t last. They divorced in 1964 with three children ...
• • Source: Cheat Sheet; published on Monday, 30 November  2020

• • The evolution of 2 Mae West plays that keep her memory alive • •
• • A discussion with Mae West playwright LindaAnn LoSchiavo — —
• • http://lideamagazine.com/renaissance-woman-new-york-city-interview-lindaann-loschiavo/

• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 16th anniversary • • 
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past fifteen years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 4,600 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fifteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4,644th 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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