Thursday, March 05, 2015

Mae West: Free Sexx

In March 1998, The Stanford Daily was so embarrassed to write candidly about edible panties and lick-able condoms that the California editors invented a new byline for this article — — MAE WEST.  Is this a pathetic subterfuge or not?
• • "Free Sexx  — — Don't forget to" written by Mae West • •
• • The Stanford Daily wrote:  Flavored condoms. Lick-able lube. Edible panties. You'd never spend your hard-earned cash on such things, but still, you're curious. You know how condoms work and how regular lubricant feels, but that's not the issue. Functionality may be important, but what you really want to know is, how do they taste? Taste is obviously a very subjective quality,   ...
• • Source:  Article by The Stanford Daily; published on Thursday, 5 March 1998.
• • On Monday, 5 March 1934 in The Hollywood Reporter • •
• • On Monday, 5 March 1934, the trade publication reported this: "It Ain't No Sin" (Rehearsing); Cast: Mae West, George Raft, Duke Ellington and Orchestra.
• • Their March 5, 1934 issue noted this item: Leo McCarey is searching for a Beef Trust chorus. Director wants a bulging line for the Mae West picture, "It Ain't No Sin." The headline for this item was "Beef Trust Wanted" and it ran in the 5 March 1934 issue in The Hollywood Reporter.
• • On Thursday, 5 March 1936 • •
• • The Associated Press broke the news first: MAE WEST QUITS STUDIO; She and Paramount Accuse Each Other of Breaking Contract.
• • Hollywood, Calif., March 5, 1936 [AP] — — Mae West and the Paramount studio jointly accused each other of voiding her movie contract today. Out of a welter of conflicting statements, only one fact seemed clear — — that she would make her next picture for another company. ...
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Chester Beecroft bears the sorrowful distinction of having held an option on Mae West's picture services for three years and being unable to get his Florida backers to go through with the deal.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Do I love Jim Timony? Yes. We love each other like Potash loved Perlmutter or like Montgomery must love Ward. Like two old business cronies."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Cornell Daily Sun mentioned Mae West.
• • Martin Itzen, owner and operator of the only streetcar and undertaking parlor in Skagway, Alaska, took Mae West literally when he heard her famous line, "Come up and see me some time." He traveled all the way from his home to meet Mae.  . . .
• • Source: Item in The Cornell Daily Sun; published on Tuesday,  5 March 1935
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 10th anniversary • •    
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during this past decade. The other day we entertained 1,430 visitors. We reached a milestone this week: 3,100 posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3128th 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, March 04, 2015

Mae West: Hollywood Citizen

MAE WEST's motion picture "She Done Him Wrong" was onscreen at the Strand Theatre. "Last time today!" read the announcement on page 2.
• • Source:  The Cornell Daily Sun [Ithaca, NY]; published on Saturday,  4 March 1933.
• • On Wednesday, 4 March 1936 • •
• • The flapdoodle over "Klondike Annie" was discussed in Variety's issue dated for Wednesday, 4 March 1936. Coverage appeared in Hollywood Citizen News on 4 March 1936 also.
• • Mae West felt that her earnings, which approximated Hearst's stupendous salary, made him envious. Perhaps Hearst reconsidered the lost ad revenue to his publications because he ended this embargo by the end of 1936.
• • On Friday, 4 March 1938 in Australia • •
• • The Mirror (in Perth, Australia) wrote: Mae West's characterisation of a motion picture star in "Go West Young Man," the hilarious comedy, which will be screening at the Grand Theatre, Friday next, March 4, strangely enough, is entirely unlike her own life as an outstanding film luminary.
• • On Monday, 4 March 1946 • •
• • In New York City on Monday, 4 March 1946, Mae West was seated with her manager Jim Timony, Nigel Bruce, Lee Shubert, the Broadway producer who represented the Select Operating Corporation (and had worked with Mae before), and a few other gentlemen.
• • These parties added their signatures to a Dramatic Production Contract, an agreement about the comedy entitled “Ring Twice Tonight” — — which Mae West was about to adapt into a more commercial play or a motion picture.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Bill Hendricks, manager of the Warner theatre at Memphis, is back from the coast after an eight-day visit as the guest of Mae West at the Paramount studio.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  “You've never seen such a commotion as when Hal Clarendon woke up. You’d think I had broken the Ten Commandments to hear the bawling out I got.”   
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A book about de Kooning mentioned Mae West.
• • John Elderfield wrote:  Spring 1964: although de Kooning's new studio in Springs is not yet finished, he starts to work there.  ... Visiting de Kooning with the art dealer Harold Diamond,  Joseph Hirshhorn acquires several works from him including Sphinx and Mae West (both 1964).
• • Artist Willem de Kooning was born on 24 April 1904 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. He died in the month of March — — on 19 March 1997 in East Hampton, New York.
• • Source: Entry in the book "De Kooning: A Retrospective"; published by MOMA in 2011
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 10th anniversary • •    
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during this past decade. The other day we entertained 1,430 visitors. We reached a milestone this week: 3,100 posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3127th 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, March 03, 2015

Mae West: Art Prostituted

Ithaca, New York gets plentiful snow and, during March 1937, some Mae-mavens used the abundant white stuff to construct a "gigantic figure" of MAE WEST on the campus of Cornell University. Unfortunately, "some unthinking persons" decided to destroy the glorious winter sculpture. The campus paper aggressively took up the cause. Good for them!
• • "Art Prostituted" • •
• • The Cornell Daily Sun editors wrote:  The destruction of the snow statue in front of White Hall is only one of the numerous indications of the utter decline of culture at Cornell. The Architects labored long and lustily at the task of completing, for the art lovers of the campus, the gigantic figure of Mae West. It was felt that this version of a modern Venus would stand out as an attempt to lift undergraduates above the grasp of material things into the shadow of artistic appreciation.
• • The Cornell Daily Sun editors continued:  That some unthinking persons should have destroyed such art is a clear indication of the depths to which culture and artistic appreciation have dropped on this campus.  It is our sincere hope that such an atrocity will not occur again. Great art must not suffer for petty prejudice!
• • Source: Article in The Cornell Daily Sun [New York]; published on Wednesday, 3 March 1937.
• • On Thursday, 3 March 1927 • •
• • A familiar image of a smiling Mae West at her "Sex" trial in New York City on Thursday, 3 March 1927, has the incorrect caption that she was "on the witness stand." However, Mae did not take the stand in March nor in April 1927. Why? Mae's motivations are dramatized in the play "Courting Mae West" during the chaotic courtroom scene [Act I, Scene 5].
• • On Tuesday, 3 March 1936 • •
• • On Tuesday, 3 March 1936, The Hollywood Reporter announced that the opening week of "Klondike Annie" was record-breaking. "The Gold Rush Is On," the editors wrote.
• • In Jet Magazine on 3 March 1955 • •
• • Jet Magazine printed a sad piece of news — — "Mae West's Chauffeur, Ray Wallace, Commits Suicide in Indiana" — — in their issue dated for 3 March 1955. Sitting inside the actress's plush Cadillac, the 44-year-old former G.I. hooked up the exhaust pipe to flood the vehicle with toxic fumes. He lay under a quilt and breathed his last. Mae's Caddy was parked on a farm near Patoka, Indiana at the time. Tsk, tsk.
• • "Love Goddesses" — Wednesday,  3 March 1965 • •
• • Mae West film footage is used in the documentary "Love Goddesses," originally released in the month of March — — on Wednesday, 3 March 1965.
• • On Friday, 3 March 1978 • • 

• • A gala premiere of "Sextette" starring Mae West took place at the Pacific Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, California at 8:30 pm on Thursday, 2 March 1978. And after the screening, at 10:00 pm, a special invitation paved your way into a late-night supper honoring the movie queen at the tony Beverly Hills Hilton on Wilshire at Santa Monica Boulevard. How memorable this event must have been.
• • On Friday, 3 March 1978 "Sextette" had its general release in the USA.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • "Night After Night" was 73 minutes long. No one remembers anything about this film except for the hilarious moments when Mae West was onscreen.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "I had in mind several stories as possibilities, and between shows I secluded myself at my hotel or in my dressing room and did some real work."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Library Journal mentioned Mae West.
• • Jules Massenet and "Cendrillon" • •
• • John Holland wrote:  Played on what is basically a unit set, painted with enlarged text from the Perrault tale, the production of "Cendrillon" is set in no particular time or place, the costumes generally designed to identify the characters and their place in society. The one exception is the fairy godmother, who is costumed as a sort of Mae West-like vamp — — perhaps stage director Laurent Pelly is trying to give Massenet his bad girl after all? No harm is done by it . . .
• • Source: Article printed in Library Journal;  published in March 2013 
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 10th anniversary • •    
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during this past decade. The other day we entertained 1,430 visitors. We reached a milestone this week: 3,100 posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3126th 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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