Monday, August 10, 2020

Mae West: Sniffed, Wafted

Despite all you think you know about MAE WEST, there’s always something new. Did you know that Mae West appreciated how delicate her mother's smell was, for instance?
• • This intimate interview with Mae West was first seen in 2009. This is Part 21 of 29 parts.
• • From the Archive: A Candid (and Entertaining) Interview with Mae West • •  
• • Mae West spoke about sex and then about her mother • •  
• • Charlotte Chandler wrote:  Mae West spoke about her mother: “My mother always smelled so fresh and clean, like she’d just come out of a bath. I liked to smell her bars of soap. They were perfumed, but not too much. Everything my mother did was delicate. Her perfume just wafted.”
• • Charlotte Chandler wrote:  I asked about having a photograph with her, suggesting that Paul [Novak, Mae’s devoted companion] could take it.
• • Mae West said: “I never have my photo taken with a younger woman.” • •
• • Charlotte Chandler wrote:  “I wish I could accommodate you, dear, but I never have my photograph taken with a younger woman,” she said.
• • Charlotte Chandler wrote: At Mae’s age, the category of “younger woman” included almost every woman.
• • Mae West said:  “I like to see myself in a picture — — surrounded by men.“ • •  . . .
• • This long and fascinating interview will be continued tomorrow.
• • Source: AnOther Magazine; published  Autumn—Winter 2009 issue; rpt on Wednesday, 27 May 2020.      
• • On Monday, 10 August 1936 • •

• • Production of "Klondike Annie" starring Mae West began on Monday, 10 August 1936 and was finished by September.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • "A young Mae West" is the favorite slogan for any of these kiddies, but nobody seems to realize that it takes rare talent, as well as a rare figure, to make a Mae West. And to give these girls a real chance, every Hollywood picture must be a strip act.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I ain't ice."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Motion Picture Daily wrote about Mae West.
• • "Mae West in September" • •
• • Motion Picture Daily wrote: Indicating Paramount's anticipation that the Mae West film will be dry cleaned sufficiently for release in the fall is a September date set aside for the picture at the Paramount here. .. .
• • Source: Motion Picture Daily; published on Tuesday, 24 July 1934
• • 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 4,500 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fifteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4,536th 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, August 07, 2020

Mae West: Foreign Affairs

Despite all you think you know about MAE WEST, there’s always something new. Did you know that Mae West had an acute sense of smell, for instance?
• • This intimate interview with Mae West was first seen in 2009. This is Part 20 of 29 parts.
• • From the Archive: A Candid (and Entertaining) Interview with Mae West • •  
• • Mae West said: “I was sorta tired” • •
• • Charlotte Chandler wrote:  Mae invited me to smell some of the powders and perfumes on her vanity. She told me that she had always been extremely conscious of scents.
• • Charlotte Chandler wrote:  Mae West continued: “My mother was responsible for my olfactory development. It wasn’t so much what she said as the way she smelled. We all learn more by example, especially when we’re very young.”
• • Charlotte Chandler wrote:   Mae West spoke about Sex: “My best lover was a Frenchman. I always was interested in foreign affairs. One Saturday night we were at it till four the next afternoon. A dozen of those little rubber things. 22 times. I was sorta tired. Like I always said, ‘It’s not the men in my life, it’s the life in my men.”
• • Mae West spoke about sex and then about her mother • • . . .
• • This long and fascinating interview will be continued tomorrow.
• • Source: AnOther Magazine; published  Autumn—Winter 2009 issue; rpt on Wednesday, 27 May 2020.      
• • On Tuesday, 7 August 1934 • •

• • According to Daily Variety, "Belle of the Nineties" was given the purity seal on 6 August  1934. Variety announced this on the front cover of their issue dated for Tuesday, 7 August 1934.
• • Correspondence from Hammell to Joe Breen dated Wednesday, 7 August 1934, however, listed half-a-dozen script revisions that would be made. These modifications were meant to scrub away any implied immorality from the Ruby Carter character or the Tiger Kid.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West, never social, made the effort to get around and join in the life of the movie colony. It was too much.
• • So big Jim Timony, Mae's manager, put his foot down— unknown to Mae. No more interviews until after "I'm No Angel" was finished. No more "nothin' " — Mae was taboo.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I haven't had time to change!"
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Motion Picture mentioned Mae West.
• • "Mae Keeps Them Guessing!" • •
• • Motion Picture wrote: Mae West is smart; there is no getting around that. She insisted, against studio advice, on making "She Done Him Wrong" as her first starring picture — — and it made $3,000,000 for the studio. Then, sensing that the public wanted to be shown that she could be amusing in modern dress, too, she next made "I'm No Angel."  . . .  
• • Source: Motion Picture; published in their August 1934 issue
• • 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 4,500 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fifteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4,535th 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, August 06, 2020

Mae West: Undress for Men

Despite all you think you know about MAE WEST, there’s always something new. Did you know that Mae West admitted she dressed for women and undressed for men, for instance? 
• • This intimate interview with Mae West was first seen in 2009. This is Part 19 of 29 parts.
• • From the Archive: A Candid (and Entertaining) Interview with Mae West • • 
• • Mae West asked: “Do you have something to hide?” • •    
• • Charlotte Chandler wrote:  Mae West continued: “Never? Oh, that’s a shame. You’d look good fixed up. Remind me before you leave. I can let you have some powder and lipstick.”
• • Charlotte Chandler wrote:  She noticed the Herm├Ęs scarf tied around my neck. “Is that scarf because you’re cold,” Mae asked, “or do you have something to hide?”
• • Charlotte Chandler wrote:  I took it off. “That’s better,” Mae said. “Now, if you’d unbutton a few buttons ... Men like it if you show them a thing or two. I dress for women and undress for men.”
• • Charlotte Chandler wrote:  Mae West continued: “I can smell you’re telling the truth about smoking, because if you smoked, your clothes and hair would smell from it, especially your hair. You know, I never liked being touched by a man who smoked.”
• • Mae West said: “I was sorta tired” • •  . . . 
• • This long and fascinating interview will be continued tomorrow.
• • Source: AnOther Magazine; published  Autumn—Winter 2009 issue; rpt on Wednesday, 27 May 2020.     
• • On Tuesday, 6 August 1912 • •
• • In 1912 a teenage Mae West was invited to perform again at Hammerstein's Victoria. The singing comedienne was booked for a week-long engagement that began on Tuesday, 6 August 1912.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West is driving around these days in a bullet-proof steel car.  (Those threats, you know.) 
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Everyone else that gets in the money out here buys a forty-room house, hires a dozen servants, and gets ritzy. But not me. I'd be lonesome."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Hollywood's "Secret Police" • •
• • On several occasions, members of my Hollywood squad have been assigned as twenty-four-hours-a-day guards to certain stars who have been threatened.
• • During Mae West's recent court case, when she gallantly defied kidnap and death threats and testified against gangsters who had robbed her, one of my investigators lived in her house, rode in her car and guarded her on the set, itself, for weeks.  . . .
• • Source: Motion Picture; published in their August 1934 issue
• • 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 4,500 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fifteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4,534th 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 05, 2020

Mae West: The Secret

Despite all you think you know about MAE WEST, there’s always something new. Did you know why Mae West kept her soft youthful complexion into her later years, for instance? 
• • This intimate interview with Mae West was first seen in 2009. This is Part 18 of 29 parts.
• • From the Archive: A Candid (and Entertaining) Interview with Mae West • • 
• • Mae West's secret for soft skin • •    
• • Charlotte Chandler wrote:  “Then you’ll keep your soft skin,” Mae said. “That’s how I kept mine. I always use baby oil. Baby oil’s good for the whole body. But the secret is it has to be warm, and you have to have a man put it on you — — all over.”
• • Charlotte Chandler wrote:  Mae West continued: “You aren’t wearing any make-up! Is it because I said you’d better come on time? Did you have to get ready in a hurry?”
• • Charlotte Chandler wrote:  “It wasn’t because I didn’t take meeting you seriously,” I said. “It’s because I never wear any make-up.”
• • Mae West asked: “You have something to hide?” • • ...
• • This long and fascinating interview will be continued tomorrow.
• • Source: AnOther Magazine; published  Autumn—Winter 2009 issue; rpt on Wednesday, 27 May 2020.     
• • On Tuesday, 5 August 1913 • •
• • A review of Mae West's performance at Hammerstein's Victoria appeared in a NYC newspaper on Tuesday, 5 August 1913. The critic noted that she was appealing to the audience "by singing a repertory of 'I Don't Care' type of songs and appearing in a dazzling series of low-and-behold gowns." However, it was clear she was trying to steal the thunder from the main act, Evelyn Nesbit, and having a hard time of it.
• • Even Variety's columnist Joshua Lowe [whose critique was published on Friday, 8 August 1913] noticed how hard she was working. "Mae West sang loud enough to be distinctly heard in the rear," wrote Joshua Lowe.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Moviegoers the world over have tried to find words to describe Mae West. John Mack Brown, once a football star at Alabama, finds a vivid way of describing her by talking football language.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Jimmy Cagney is the only one in Hollywood that's got anything like my style. Animal personality. Gives them the rough stuff right out like I do."  
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Motion Picture mentioned Mae West.
• • Do you know what players are winning the popularity polls this year?
• • What stars are the favorites at the box-office?
• • This box-office contest is of vital importance to the stars because their popularity and value as drawing cards are truthfully revealed.
• • The ten winners this year in the order that they finished were Marie Dressier, Will Rogers, Janet Gaynor, Eddie Cantor, Wallace Beery, Jean Harlow, Clark Gable, Mae West, Norma Shearer and Joan Crawford. .  . . .
• • Source: Motion Picture; published in their September 1934 issue
• • 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 4,500 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fifteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4,533rd 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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Mae West: Ashtray Issue

Despite all you think you know about MAE WEST, there’s always something new. Did you know why Mae West kept fancy ashtrays in her Hollywood apartment when she first moved in, for instance? 
• • This intimate interview with Mae West was first seen in 2009. This is Part 17 of 29 parts.
• • From the Archive: A Candid (and Entertaining) Interview with Mae West • •
• • Mae West, who once owned swan ashtrays, now said no one could smoke  • •  
• • Charlotte Chandler wrote:  Mae West continued: “You know when I was most serious? When I laughed at myself.”
• • Charlotte Chandler wrote:  Mae gave me a hard look and said, “There’s something I’ve gotta tell you before we really get into it.”
• • Charlotte Chandler wrote:
Mae West then added: “If you want to smoke, you’ll have to leave the room and go out into the hall. We don’t keep any ashtrays here. I don’t let anyone smoke in my presence. I don’t breathe it, and I don’t want it getting into the furniture. Let me know when you want to go out into the hall.”
• • Charlotte Chandler wrote:  I assured  Mae West that this would not be necessary because I didn’t smoke and never had. Her approving look indicated that I had passed an important test.   
• • Note: In his 1935 book, Stanley Walker wrote: "Numerous ashtrays in the form of golden swans are scattered about on little tables" in Mae West's drawing room.
• • Blog post link: https://maewest.blogspot.com/2020/03/mae-west-swan-ashtrays.html
• • Mae West's secret for soft skin • •  . . . 
• • This long and fascinating interview will be continued tomorrow.
• • Source: AnOther Magazine; published  Autumn—Winter 2009 issue; rpt on Wednesday, 27 May 2020.     
• • On Wednesday, 4 August 1954 • •
• • "The Mae West Revue," which opened in Las Vegas, was a song-and-dance show that lasted only thirty-nine minutes. Variety printed their coverage on Wednesday, 4 August 1954.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Auction-lovers: Lot#: 40122502 — — Mae West's Ash Tray and Purse were sold by the John Aker Estate Collection along with additional Westiana.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "A thrill a day keeps the chill away."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Seasoned Collector mentioned Mae West, a smoker who owned ashtrays. 
• • an unusual, 2-foot-tall Art Deco-style ashtray that once belonged to Mae West • • .
• • Q.  I have an unusual, 2-foot-tall ashtray in excellent shape that once belonged to actress Mae West. I got it at an auction in the 1970s for $350. I’m retiring soon and want to sell it, but I have no idea of its current value. Can you help me?  — — T.B., San Jose
• • A. The saucy Mae West (1893-1980), remembered for her quips, once said, “He who hesitates is last.” In this case, it was smart of you to wait to ask for advice before selling your unusual treasure.
• • I shared photos of your Art Deco-style ashtray — stainless steel with two black spheres — with appraiser Stephen G. Turner, a decorative arts and fine arts consultant for Bonhams & Butterfields, the notable San Francisco auction gallery.
• • Turner brought up a key point that helps establish the value of objects such as yours: the provenance, or history of ownership.
• • “Anything that can be proven to have been owned and used by a ‘celebrity,’ whether an actress or the president of the United States, exceeds its lowest common denominator,” Turner said.
• • He told me Mae West’s estate was sold in Los Angeles in 2000 by what was then called Butterfields.
• • If you obtained your ashtray at this show, a sales catalog and, perhaps, the sales receipt would be sufficient proof showing the item was owned by the fabled star.
• • If you cannot prove provenance, then your ashtray is nothing more than an interesting artifact. And it may not even be worth what you paid.
• • If, however, you can identify the item as one that belonged to West, Turner says it could be worth from $800 to $1,200.
• • Source: The Seasoned Collector Steven Wayne Yvaska in Mercury News;  published on Wednesday, 27 January 2010
• • 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 4,500 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fifteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4,532nd 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, August 03, 2020

Mae West: Not Flippant

Despite all you think you know about MAE WEST, there’s always something new. Did you know why Mae felt it was pretty serious work discovering what’s funny, for instance? 
• • This intimate interview with Mae West was first seen in 2009. This is Part 16 of 29 parts.
• • From the Archive: A Candid (and Entertaining) Interview with Mae West • •
• • Mae West insisted  she's not a flippant person • •   
• • Mae West insisted: “I’m not a flippant person. There was a lot of serious reflection in what I said.” Mae added: “I hope you’re going to show me that way in what you write. You know, there was always something going on in my head. My head was always working.”
• • Charlotte Chandler wrote:  Mae West continued: “Did I have a serious side? Both sides of me are serious. It’s pretty serious finding what’s funny. I worked a lot during the Depression, and I understood it was important people laughed so they wouldn’t cry. There were people jumping out of windows. There were people selling apples on the corners who’d never before had anything to do with an apple, except eating it. Guys who had seats on the stock exchange had seats on buses, driving them – if they were lucky.”
• • Mae West, who once owned swan ashtrays, now said no one could smoke • •   . . .    
• • This long and fascinating interview will be continued tomorrow.
• • Source: AnOther Magazine; published  Autumn—Winter 2009 issue; rpt on Wednesday, 27 May 2020.     
• • On Thursday, 3 August 1944 • •
• • "Catherine Was Great" opened on Wednesday, 2 August 1944. Reviews appeared soon after.
• • The Herald Tribune reported on Thursday, 3 August 1944: "Mae West came to Broadway last night, decked out like a battleship in a swimming pool."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West discovered a little eating place near San Fernando Valley. She liked it and went there often. Recently, the woman who operates the place was told to vacate, because of a non-payment of a mortgage. Mae found out, paid off what was left, and handed the deeds to the woman.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "'Why shouldn't I have paid off her diner's mortgage? I wanted to keep on eating there, didn't I?"  
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Argus mentioned Mae West. 
• • "Marriage of Mae West — Court Order Sought" • •
• • Miss West admitted early this month that she had married Mr. Wallace in 1911, but denied that she had ever lived with him. Mae West alleged that he had married again without having obtained a divorce from her. Mr. Wallace brought an action to compel Miss West to admit their relationship and divide their community property, which, he said, exceeded £20,000.  ... 
• • Source: The Argus [Australia]; published on Friday, 30 July 1937
• • 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 4,500 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fifteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4,531st 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, July 31, 2020

Mae West: Brains, Talent

Despite all you think you know about MAE WEST, there’s always something new. Did you know why Mae felt being funny could be a drawback sometimes, for instance? 
• • This intimate interview with Mae West was first seen in 2009. This is Part 15 of 29 parts.
• • From the Archive: A Candid (and Entertaining) Interview with Mae West • • 
• • Mae West achieved a financial independence • •       
• • Charlotte Chandler wrote: “Economic independence is as important to a woman as to a man, maybe more important,” Mae West insisted. She had achieved a kind of financial independence, which was rare for a woman, “and I’ve done it on my own, not by inheriting it, not by marrying it, and not on my back, but by using my brain and talent. Every woman has to make certain she’ll always have some change in her coin purse,” she told me.
• • Charlotte Chandler wrote:  Mae West continued: “When you get a reputation for being funny, people start to laugh at everything you say. It makes it hard to try out your material and judge it. You ask for a cup of coffee, and people read things into that.”
• • Mae West insisted  she's not a flippant person • •  . . .    
• • This long and fascinating interview will be continued tomorrow.
• • Source: AnOther Magazine; published  Autumn—Winter 2009 issue; rpt on Wednesday, 27 May 2020.
• • On Wednesday, 31 July 1974 • •
• • "Sex is good for you," says Mae West. Her interview published in The Australian Women's Weekly on Wednesday, 31 July 1974 began with that provocative opening when they printed a profile of the sultry star.
• • "I've never had anything to worry about," Mae assured the Aussie reporter. "It's always been success, success, success." ...
• • July 2004: Mae West Blog launches • • 
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its Sweet 16th anniversary • •
• • What are we up to, writing about the Brooklyn-born bombshell for 16 sweet years now?
• • We've been the main Mae source for documentaries, solo shows, and biographies— — offering a trove of info, quotes, along with Westian arcana, thanks to 4,500+ posts.
• • We’re still here to keep Mae mavens up to date, correct errors, celebrate each revival of a play she wrote, post the latest Westian stage and book reviews. And answer our fan mail!
• • The ghost light’s still on. Come up and see Mae every day. 
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • In her first film endeavor, "Night After Night," Mae West was a mild success in a meager part. Then Mae made "She Done Him Wrong." It had not played more than two or three days before the studio executives realized they had stumbled upon on a gold mine.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "She who laughs lasts."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Argus mentioned Mae West. 
• • "Marriage of Mae West — Court Order Sought" • •
• • Los Angeles, July 28 — A petition by Frank Wallace, a vaudeville performer, for an order decreeing that he and Mae West, the film star, were still man and wife, was refused by the Court today. The Court was satisfied, however, that the two had been married on April 11, 1911.  ... 
• • Source: The Argus [Australia]; published on Friday, 30 July 1937
• • 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 4,500 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fifteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4,530th 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, July 30, 2020

Mae West: X Rating

Despite all you think you know about MAE WEST, there’s always something new. Did you know why Mae felt that she “invented” censorship, for instance? 
• • This intimate interview with Mae West was first seen in 2009. This is Part 14 of 29 parts.
• • From the Archive: A Candid (and Entertaining) Interview with Mae West • • 
• • was there more to Mae West than to Diamond Lil? • •
• • Charlotte Chandler wrote: “You know, there’s more to Mae West than to Lil,” she said. “For Lil, happiness was sex and diamonds. For Mae West, it was work, but people don’t understand how seriously she takes it,” Mae added.
• • Charlotte Chandler wrote: Mae West on ... Censorship: “I believe in censorship. If a picture of mine didn’t get an ‘X’ rating, I’d be insulted. Don’t forget, dear, I invented censorship. Imagine censors that wouldn’t let you sit in a man’s lap! I’ve been in more laps than a napkin. They’d get all bothered by a harmless little line like ‘Is that a gun in your pocket or are you just glad to see me?’”
• • Mae West achieved a financial independence • •  . . . 
• • This long and fascinating interview will be continued tomorrow.
• • Source: AnOther Magazine; published  Autumn—Winter 2009 issue; rpt on Wednesday, 27 May 2020.
• • On Tuesday, 30 July 1957 • •
• • Mae West sued Hollywood Confidential Magazine for defamation and the trial began in early August 1957 in Los Angeles. On Tuesday, 30 July 1957, The N.Y. Times ran an item explaining the issues at stake. Mae submitted sworn depositions to avoid testifying in person.
• • July 2004: Mae West Blog launches • • 
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its Sweet 16th anniversary • •
• • What are we up to, writing about the Brooklyn-born bombshell for 16 sweet years now?
• • We've been the main Mae source for documentaries, solo shows, and biographies— — offering a trove of info, quotes, along with Westian arcana, thanks to 4,500+ posts.
• • We’re still here to keep Mae mavens up to date, correct errors, celebrate each revival of a play she wrote, post the latest Westian stage and book reviews. And answer our fan mail!
• • The ghost light’s still on. Come up and see Mae every day. 
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West once said, “If you got the personality, you don’t need the nudity.” But even the legendary sex symbol was well aware of the crowd-drawing appeal of sex and nudity at the Hollywood box office.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Love is the only  industry that can't operate on a five-day week."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article published in Australia revealed something special about the private life of Mae West.
• • "Mae West's Generosity" • •
• • The Mail (in Adelaide, Australia) wrote: Mae West discovered a little eating place out towards San Fernando Valley. She found it much to her liking, and went there often. Now it comes out that recently the woman who operates the place was told to vacate, because of non-payment of a mortgage. Mae West found it out, paid off what was left, and handed the deeds to the woman.
• • "Why shouldn't I?" replied Mae. "I wanted to keep on eating there, didn't I?" . . .
• • Source: The Mail; published  on Saturday, 24 July 1937

• • 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 4,500 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fifteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4,529th 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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