Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Mae West: Over Exposed

On orders from MAE WEST herself, her publicity department does not write stories about her anymore.
• • To those who ask for interviews, manager James Timony tactfully explains that Mae is extremely busy writing the next scenario. There has been, Mae and her studio have concluded, "Too much West."
• • Mae's appearance in court here for several days, to tell how she was robbed of diamonds and money, was of no little concern to herself, her manager, and her studio — — but not so much for reasons of justice as for those of career. She knew beforehand that she'd be quoted and photographed, the very things she had been trying to avoid. . . .
• • As to the effect of this publicity, consider the declaration of a former West admirer and inveterate picture-goer, who told me: "I haven't seen the new Mae West picture. I've read so much about her and seen her photographs so often that I don't want to see 'I'm No Angel'!"
• • This attitude is one which Mae and Paramount fear may become too prevalent. If it does gain ground, the excellence of future Mae West pictures will be of little matter.
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• • Screen Life in Hollywood by Hubbard Keavy [1934]

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