Thursday, August 21, 2014

Mae West: Cocoa Butter Breasts

In August of 1976, a long interview with MAE WEST was published, timed for her birthday. Continued from yesterday, another excerpt from the exclusive feature by Hollywood correspondent Robert L. Rose is below.
• • "They still come up and see Mae West at home" • •
• • Written
by Robert L. Rose (IUM News Service) • •

• • Most of her contemporaries are gone. But not Miss West. Today she is planning to star in another movie, one she wrote herself, opposite six leading men, and she dares you to give her the horse laugh. The picture is scheduled to go into production on the Goldwyn Studio lot in mid-October. 
• • The Hollywood lot is only a few blocks from the apartment where she gives an interview, talking about her life and work, sex, and her fascination with the occult and the afterlife.
• • "I'm always working, writing, and doing. I'm always busy. I spend a lot of my time at my ranch in the San Fernando Valley," she said.
• • Miss West had just made an entrance into the white-carpeted living room, decked with white overstuffed furniture, a large gilt-edged mirror and chairs, and photograph after photograph of Mae West. She doesn't look much different from her pictures. She is vigorous and very much alive. Her voice is strong and very Mae-Westy. She can still give a saucy wiggle and wink, and her long blonde wig matches the one she wore in "My Little Chickadee," in one of her famous roles, opposite W. C. Fields.
• • "Mae massages her breasts with cocoa butter" • •
• • "I do exercises," she said. "I never eat anything until I think, 'What is this going to do for me?' I've never smoked or drank. I have all my own natural teeth. I always get plenty of sleep." As for her figure, she confided in her biography, "Goodness Had Nothing to Do with It," that she massages her breasts with cocoa butter every night, and sometimes in the morning, and sprays them with cold water. "This treatment kept them right up where they were supposed to be," she said. "The painter, Degas, called breasts 'the eyes of the torso.' There was a family rumor when I was a child that my paternal grandmother possessed three well-formed breasts. Personally, I have managed rather well with only two."
• • In her interview, she recalled that the boys of the RAF in World War II thought so, too, naming their life-saving sea jackets after her. "They showed it to me at an RAF base and I said, 'yeah ... I can see the resemblance.' They screamed," she laughed. "Well, they called me the lifesaver of the movie industry before — — and this was a double jackpot."
• • To be continued on Monday August 26th.
• • Source: Independent Press-Telegram (Long Beach, California); published on Saturday, August 21, 1976
• • On Monday, 21 August 1939 • •
• • The headline "Mae West Will Join Oxford Group" ran in several papers. 
• • "It is a wonderful work," Mae said. "I owe my success to the fact that I have been practicing that philosophy in recent years."
• • On Monday, 21 August 1944 in Life • •
• • An article "Catherine Was Great — — but Mae West Makes Her Dull" was printed along with photos in Life Magazine (pages 71— 72) in the issue dated for Monday, 21 August 1944.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • An interview with Miss Mae West quite naturally led to talk of sex, since she was the pioneer of more permissive entertainment.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "When I was making pictures, I couldn't even say a 'hell' or 'damn' on the screen. The church people watched me like a hawk. Where are the church people today? How can they allow such things as you see on the screen?"
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article in a British paper mentioned Mae West.
• • Dion Dassanayake wrote: Nguyen Thi Tru has lived through two world wars and seen the globe and her home country of Vietnam change beyond recognition.  She said her secret to living a long life is staying optimistic and helping other people feel "relaxed and happy."
• • Dion Dassanayake wrote: Mrs Tru has an ID card which states that her birthday is May 4 1893, meaning she was born the same year as British composer Ivor Novello and US sex symbol Mae West.  ...
• • Source: The Express [U.K.}; published on Wednesday, 30 July 2014  
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 10th anniversary • •    
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during this past decade. 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2986th 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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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Mae West: Hundreds Have

A long article on MAE WEST appeared in August 1976, timed for her birthday. An excerpt from the feature put together by Hollywood reporter Robert L. Rose is below.
• • "They still come up and see Mae West at home" • •
• • by Robert L. Rose (IUM News Service) • •
• • Cary Grant: You were wonderful tonight.
• • Mae West: I'm always wonderful at night.
• • Cary: Tonight I thought you were especially good.
• • Mae: When I'm good, I'm very good. But when I'm bad, I'm better.
• • Cary: If I could only trust you.
• • Mae: You can ... Hundreds have.
• • Robert L. Rose wrote:  These are some of the one-liners Mae West is famous for from her 1933 movie "I'm No Angel," starring Mae West and written by Mae West and co-starring her leading man (and discovery), Cary Grant.
• • She was 40 and suddenly the nation's sex symbol. Everybody was stealing her lines, "Come up and see me sometime," "Oh, go peel a grape," "It's not the men in your life — — it's the life in your men that counts," "Give a man a free hand and he'll try to put it all over you."
• • By her own latest count, she was born 83 years ago this week — — August  17, 1893, in Brooklyn — — the same year as Mao Tse-Tung, Huey Long, Omar Bradley, Warner Baxter, Harold Lloyd, Edward G. Robinson, Jimmy Durante, and Cole Porter. The times seem long ago and far away. Most of her contemporaries are gone. But not Miss West. 
• • Today she is planning to star in another movie, one she wrote herself, opposite six leading men, and she dares you to give her the horse laugh. The picture is scheduled to go into production on the Goldwyn Studio lot in mid-October.  . . .   
• • To be continued tomorrow.
• • Source: rpt in Independent Press-Telegram (Long Beach, California); published on Saturday, August 21, 1976.
• • On Friday, 20 August 1915 in Variety • •
• • An article "May West in Pictures" (sic) appeared in Variety's issue dated for Friday, 20 August 1915.
• • Spelling her name Mae with a "y," Variety wrote: "May West, the vaudeville comedienne, has signed a contract with the U [Universal Pictures] to go to the coast for four weeks."
• • Stills I've seen from this audition show Mae lying across a bed, looking frisky. Hmm.
• • On Thursday, 20 August 1970 • •
• • Hollywood hipsters, hams, and hanger-ons received an invitation to "Sights and Sounds of Mae West" and the event was scheduled for Thursday, 20 August 1970.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Perhaps surprisingly, Miss Mae West deplores the current film trend toward sex and nudity.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "Now they have no more stories in Hollywood, so they simply throw naked bodies at the audience."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article in an Australian paper mentioned Mae West.
• • The Argus wrote: A portion of the Warburton road, noted for its curves, was referred to as the Mae West stretch at the Transport Regulation Board's sitting yesterday, and Macedon was described as "a place of the elite."  ...
• • Source: Article: "Curved Road Known as Mae West Stretch" in The Argus (Australia) on page 9; published on Friday, 20 August 1937
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 10th anniversary • •    
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during this past decade. 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2985th 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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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Mae West: Suitable Russian

What was up with MAE WEST in August of 1939?  Was she really going to portray Empress Catherine the Great on the stage?  Or was she about to sign a movie contract? Her fans waited to hear.
• • "News of Mae West"  from a Special Correspondent • •
• • LONDON, August 4 — —  There must be many picture-goers who have been thinking that Mae West has disappeared forever from the screen. A little while ago there was a rumor which must have astonished not a few that Mae West was contemplating a new picture on the subject of Catherine the Great of Russia, and so entering into competition with Pola Negri, Marlene Dietrich, and Elisabeth Bergner.
• • It is rather difficult to see what Miss West or her advisers could detect in the famous Russian Empress which made her suitable for a Western impersonation. It is true that she was no angel and had a habit of inviting her male favorite for the time being "to come up and see her sometime." Any how, whatever the attraction or illusion may have been, Miss West seems to have abandoned the project. The latest news about her is that Universal are proposing to co-star her with W. C. Fields. One can see possibilities in this. Both Miss West and Mr. Fields are experts in the true, full blooded humor of the vaudeville turn. But the rumor is only a rumor, and we may have to wait a long while for developments. Probably many projects will be given publicity before Miss West is satisfied with the selection or is seen again on the screen by her admirers.
• • Source:  Article: "News of Mae West" rpt in The Advertiser (Adelaide); published on Saturday, 19 August 1939.
• • On Sunday, 19 August 1934 • •
• • Motion Picture Daily published this picture preview on Sunday, 19 August 1934.
• • Hollywood, 19 August 1934 — With shock-proof punches but with haymakers nevertheless, Mae West uncorks a flashy, melodramatic entertainment of the Nineties, trippingly gay and gaudy for the most part but lingering in spots.
• • As with all the Mae West films, her showmanship personality dominates the scene. Her story assembles herself as the American Beauty, a headline actress; Prizefighter Roger Pryor, Villainous Promoter John Miljan and his girl friend, Katherine de Mille, sets them in pleasure-loving New Orleans and lets music, gambling, stolen jewels and prizefight knockout drops work its dire drama, making it clear at the same time that no man outsmarts Mae and gets away with it.   ...
• • Source: Article: "Hollywood Preview: "Belle of the Nineties'' by Paramount written by Motion Picture Daily; printed on Sunday, 19 August 1934.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • The actress Mae West was married once, in her early career. It was kept secret for several years and ended in divorce.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "The picture makers have run out of titles; that's why you get all those long titles nowadays. They've also run out of plots; everything has been done on the screen already."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article in paper discussed Mae West.
• • "Mae West Becomes a Convert!" • •
• • Mae West is all for moral re armament and is ready to join the Oxford Group. It would be a good thine for W. C. Fields, she told Dr. Frank Buchman, leader of the Moral Rearmament Movement, today. 
• • Miss West and Dr. Buchman had quite a tete-a-tete in her apartment. "It's a wonderful work," she said of the movement.  ...
• • Source: Article rpt in The Mail (Adelaide); published on Saturday, 19 August 1939
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 10th anniversary • •    
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during this past decade. 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2984th 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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