Monday, March 18, 2019

Mae West: Spirit Test

It was Sunday, 25 January 1948 when MAE WEST opened the United Kingdom tour of "Diamond Lil" at the Prince of Wales Theatre on London’s West End. She’d heard of the British medium Leslie Flint [1911 – 16 April 1994] and took this opportunity to meet him. This is Part 3.
• • The Flint Séance • •
• • Mae tested the spirit with mention of a particular pet • •
• • From “The Spirit Book” comes this: She and her mother spoke affectionately for a long time during which Mae tested the spirit with mention of a particular pet she had. Her mother correctly named it and also gave Mae other evidential information, including her mother’s maiden name of Doelger [sic]. After that initial sitting, Mae West had many other séances with Leslie Flint, several at his home in Hendon, London.
• • From “The Spirit Book” comes this: In 1949, Leslie Flint went to America and again met with Mae West at her home in the Ravenswood Apartments, Hollywood, California.
• • Medium Jack Kelly at Lily Dale • •  . . .
• • To be concluded on the next post.
• • Source: Flint, Leslie: Voices in the Dark [NY: Bobbs-Merrill, 1971] quoted in “The Spirit Book.”
• • On Wednesday, 18 March 1936 • •
• • On Wednesday, 18 March 1936, Variety reviewed "Klondike Annie," calling the motion picture "chic" and starting the critique on the front page. But the man-on-the-aisle objected to several elements therein. "Miss West is handicapped by having to wear rather dowdy dresses in about half the footage. In other portions she struts fine feathers and wears a set of furs that will make the women gasp," he commented on page 17.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • It was Mae West who revitalized the old bird-in-the-hand line. Except Mae revised the proverb to this: ''A man in the house is worth two in the street.''
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Gentlemen, pet your women. They love it like a tabby cat.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A newspaper article about feisty critics discussed Mae West.
• • Drama critic Percy Hammond commenting on Mae West in "The Constant Sinner": "She is a plump, almost Circassian blonde whose ample figure overflows her girdles in graceful cascades and whose laborious ambulations suggest that she has sore feet."  . . .
• • Source: Redlands Daily Facts; published on Monday, 4 January 1971
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 14th anniversary • •  
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past fourteen years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 4,100 blog posts. Wow!  
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fourteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4171st 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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Friday, March 15, 2019

Mae West: Psychic Matters

It was Sunday, 25 January 1948 when MAE WEST opened the United Kingdom tour of "Diamond Lil" at the Prince of Wales Theatre on London’s West End. She’d heard of the British medium Leslie Flint [1911 – 16 April 1994] and took this opportunity to meet him. This is Part 2.
• • The Flint Séance • •
• • Soon we were discussing psychic matters • • 
• • From “The Spirit Book” comes this: Anti-climactic it may be but we went on talking and soon we were discussing psychic matters … she had spent years reading widely in the fields of psychic research and comparative religion before finding her own truth in Spiritualism and then through meditation and self-discipline developing psychic power of her own.”
• • From “The Spirit Book” comes this: A variety of spirits spoke to Mae West during the Flint séance, including her mother Matilda, who had died in 1930.
• • Mae tested the spirit with mention of a particular pet • • . . .
• • To be continued on the next post.
• • Source: Flint, Leslie: Voices in the Dark [NY: Bobbs-Merrill, 1971] quoted in “The Spirit Book.”
• • On Friday, 15 March 1940 in the USA • •
• • The Western-style comedy "My Little Chickadee" went into general release on Friday, 15 March 1940 in the United States.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • The soundtrack to the motion picture "Belle of the Nineties" was recorded at Hollywood Paramount Studios in L.A. Mae West is doing the vocals.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I have an extra thyroid gland.  It gives me twice the energy and twice, the, you know, everything else I guess."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A Chicago daily mentioned Mae West.
• • A Midwest newspaper reporter discussed Mae West.
• • Illinois reporter Claudia Cassidy wrote an article “On the Aisle: Mae West as a Connoisseur, Pronounced Sewer, of Amour” for the Chicago Tribune.
• • “Acidy” Cassidy's piece (with a rather nasty title) was printed on page 13. . . .
• • Source: Chicago Tribune; published on Tuesday, 13 March 1945
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 14th anniversary • •  
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past fourteen years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 4,100 blog posts. Wow!  
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fourteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4170th 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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