Friday, June 24, 2016

Mae West: Dangerous Push

On Monday, 29 June 1970, MAE WEST got a headline in Earl Wilson's syndicated column. This is Part 2 of 2 installments.
• • "Mae West Makes a Comeback" • •
• • Earl Wilson wrote:  Which explained how she can go sleep­less through Welcome-Home mobs like this while grown men scream, "I touched her. I touched Mae West! I touched her!"     
• • Earl Wilson wrote:   It was the last of the red hot premieres. A dozen of us waited — — no smoking in her suite, she doesn't smoke — — then Mae: "Oh, am I taped up In this dress!  Better put the air conditioning on!"  There was a terribly dangerous push and rush to the car. Some­body saying, "Mae, they're running up the street after you!"
• • Earl Wilson wrote: Like a champ, Mae stood up at the theater entrance and waved and took it, never running like some of the kids do now. And she heard the Bravos again at Producer Robert Fryer's party at Iper­bole. "I was way ahead of the times with nudity and sex," she said. "They're just comin' up to me now."
• • Earl Wilson wrote:  Mao's escorts must have  fun. Mae was nice enough to say I looked good but one kid screamed at me. He said, "Oil, yuh look bettuh in the papuh!" And then Mae, remembering meet­ing my wife, was very cautious and said in a low voice, "It is the same wife, isn't it?"
• • This was Part 2 (the conclusion). Part 1 was posted yesterday.
• • Source: Item in Earl Wilson's syndicated column; published on Monday, 29 June 1970.
• • On Sunday, 24 June 1928 • •
• • The Brooklyn Eagle, Mae's hometown paper, sent reporter George Halasz to interview the star about her new Broadway play "Diamond Lil." In the newspaper's weekend edition dated for Sunday, 24 June 1928, George Halasz wrote:  "When the play is put in rehearsal she has but a bare outline of the plot and dialogue.  As the rehearsals progress, she throws in a line here, a speech there. ..."
• • This is, of course, nonsense.  Mae's plays had a large cast and she was present at the auditions. For instance, "Diamond Lil" had almost three dozen in the cast. Mae knew how many actors she would need, and what roles they would play, well before hiring an adequate rehearsal space. A lot of dramatists refine and revise during rehearsal, sometimes to suit an actor, but a theatre professional like Mae West did not walk into a rehearsal attended by more than 30 actors with only scraps of dialogue written on napkins.  No way.
• • On Thursday, 24 June 1937 • •
• • The Times (San Mateo, California) printed this syndicate article on Thursday, 24 June 1937.
• • "Mae West Must Answer Suit" • •
• • Los Angeles, June 24 [U.P.] — — Mae West, the film siren, must answer the suit of Frank Wallace, who contends he is her husband.  . . .
• • On Wednesday, 24 June 1970 • •
• • "Myra Breckinridge"  at the Criterion Theatre (1514 Broadway) on Tuesday, 23 June 1970. The general release was on June 24th.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Everyone in filmland, it seems, either loves or hates Mae West.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "Everything I do and say is based on rhythm."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A film magazine mentioned Mae West.
• • "The Human Side of Hollywood" • •
• • Jerry Hoffman wrote:  When the hue and cry over censorship arose, Mae West seemed to be the personal worry of most fans and Hollywood as well. Their fears were needless. 
• • Mae wasn't and isn't worried. 
• • She doesn't care if she quits to-day. Every dime (and there are millions of 'em) she has made on the stage and in pictures is carefully invested in government bonds and diamonds. Her principal right now is sufficient to guarantee her an income of several hundreds each week for the rest of her life. And for a long life.
• • Source: Item from Motion Picture; this issue was published in January 1935 
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 11th anniversary • •
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past eleven years. The other day we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 3,400 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started eleven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3471st 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, June 23, 2016

Mae West: Triple Endowed

On Monday, 29 June 1970, MAE WEST got a headline in Earl Wilson's syndicated column. This is Part 1 of 2 installments.
• • "Mae West Makes a Comeback" • •
• • Earl Wilson wrote:  New York —— I was one of Mae West's escorts at the riotous window-busting "Myra Breckenridge" premiere when she made the greatest comeback in history and won't forget when about ten of us peered out of her limousine as we passed a Metropole "topless" sign on 7th Avenue.
• • Earl Wilson wrote:  A fiendish idea came to me. Could I quote her this way?  EARL: "Mae. we now have topless shows here."  MAE: "Earl, don't talk shop."
• • Earl Wilson wrote:  "No," Mae West smiled, lounging back in the limousine in off-white silk gabardine, white maribou stole, flashing diamonds and rubies. The soon to be 78-year-old sex queen declared she didn't want her comeback to be compared to topless dancers. She recalled that she told me years ago that her sexuality was due to the fact that her grandmother was "triple-endowed."
• • Earl Wilson wrote:  "Yes, three," Mae nodded. She claims she has a double thyroid. A doctor discovered it, examining her chest. Which explained how she can go sleepl­ess through Welcome-Home mobs like this while grown men scream, "I touched her. I  — touched Mae West! I touched her!"    . . .
• • This was part 1. Part 2 (the conclusion) will be posted tomorrow.
• • Source: Item in Earl Wilson's syndicated column; published on Monday, 29 June 1970.
• • On Friday, 23 June 1922 in Variety • •
• • Mae West and Harry Richman performed together in Manhattan during June 1922, billing their act "Bits of Musical Comedy — — Mae West assisted by Harry Richman," and most of the material was written by The Firefly of Broadway herself.
• • In their edition dated for Friday, 23 June 1922, Variety's review appeared, praising the partnership because it offered ideal opposites. Referring to Mae, Variety (often reluctant to pay Mae a compliment) was enthusiastic for once: "She rises to heights undreamed of for her and reveals unsuspected depths as a delineator of character songs, a dramatic reader of ability, and a girl with a flair for farce that will some day land her on the legitimate Olympus."
• • On Tuesday, 23 June 1970 • •
• • "Myra Breckinridge" had its red-carpet, star-studded premiere in New York at the Criterion Theatre (1514 Broadway) on Tuesday, 23 June 1970. The movie went into general release in the USA one day later.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West, who encouraged Craig Russell, has not talked to him for awhile.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:   "You only live once. But if you do it right, once is enough."  
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A columnist mentioned Mae West.
• • Mike Connolly wrote: Mae West read in the papers: "Mayan calendars are more accurate." Asks Mae, "All I want to know is. will it make me younger or older?”
• • Source: Item from Desert Sun; published on Tuesday, 21 June 1960
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 11th anniversary • •
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past eleven years. The other day we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 3,400 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started eleven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3470th 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, June 22, 2016

Mae West: Kiss on the Lips

Hand kissing, said MAE WEST, goes all right with evening clothes but, aside from that, she wants no part of it. Taking his cue from the Brooklyn bombshell, a Malaysian columnist devoted a few inches of ink to the question of kissing customs.
• • Dear Reader, the burden of this week's theme will be Mae West. But why Mae West? you may ask. To which the Topicist snaps back, "Why not?" Mae is the most intriguing "poisonality" on the screen.  If she did not exist, it would be necessary to invent her.  . . .
• • The Topicist is not going to invent anything. In her latest picture, "Goin' to Town," the male star has to kiss her hand. This draws an observation from Mae West on the ancient practice.
• • "It's a nice custom, and a nice gesture, when they're both dressed formally," explained Mae West. "But I can't picture a man kissing a woman's hand when she's in street clothes or a bathing suit. Besides it starts a man off on the wrong foot with a woman. I will take a good old-fashioned kiss on the lips any time."
• • Source: Item from The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser; published on   Saturday,  22 June 1935.
• • On Saturday, 22 June 1935 in England • •
• • The British film magazine Picturegoer, issue dated for 22 June 1935, offered an article "Previews of the Latest Films" and the first motion picture preview was "Goin’ to Town" starring Mae West.
• • On Tuesday, 22 June 1982 in Los Angeles • •
• • Mae West's name was in the news again on Tuesday, 22 June 1982 when her former partner Paul Novak sued to have her Will overturned.  The case was listed as Charles Krauser v. Estate of Mae West, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles on Tuesday, 22 June 1982.
• • On Tuesday, 22 June 2010 • •
• • It was on Tuesday, 22 June 2010 when it was announced "Espace Dali Lends Mae West Sofa to the Pompidou Centre in Paris."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • The irrepressible Mae West told us why love can't stand the gaff in Hollywood and why she'll take her romance elsewhere.  Bad, bad news for film-land gigolos!
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "The popularity of Mae West will continue just as long as Mae West wants it to.  I never let anything stop me, once I set my heart on it. I've never had a wishbone where my backbone should be."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A trade magazine mentioned Mae West and Mike Todd.
• • Mike Todd has penciled in "Catherine Was Great," the Mae West opus for late June.
• • Source: Item in Billboard Magazine; published on Saturday, 3 June 1944 
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 11th anniversary • •
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past eleven years. The other day we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 3,400 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started eleven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3469th 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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