Monday, March 07, 2011

Mae West: When Will Hays Won't

Will Hays did battle with MAE WEST, bleaching her scripts of fun and friskiness, and earning his title as the Hitler of Hollywood.
• • Born in Sullivan, Indiana, William Harrison Hays, Sr. [5 November 1879 — 7 March 1954], was the namesake of the Hays Code for censorship of American films, chairman of the Republican National Committee (1918–1921) and U.S. Postmaster General from 1921 to 1922.
• • He was the manager of Warren G. Harding's successful campaign for the Presidency of the United States in the 1920 election and subsequently was appointed by Harding as Postmaster General.
• • After a year in office, he resigned to become the choice of the Hollywood movie studios to become the first president of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America (MPPDA) until he retired in 1945. Will Hays began his new job, at a $100,000 annual salary, in the month of March — — on 6 March 1922.
• • After his retirement, Will H. Hays returned to his hometown in Indiana where he died in the month of March — — on 7 March 1954.
• • Remembering a Blonde Bombshell • •
• • In this excerpt from his insightful article in New Jersey's Star-Ledger, Stephen Whitty writes: The 100th birthday of Hollywood sex symbol Jean Harlow, who died at age 26 in 1937, is being marked next month. . . . “Would you be shocked,” she asked famously in “Hell’s Angels,” “if I put on something more comfortable?” But it was sex itself that Harlow made look comfortable on screen. She didn’t present it as a joke, the way Mae West did, but she sure made it look like fun, for women as well as men. Her characters had no illusions, and few inhibitions. . . . [Source: "1930s movie queen Jean Harlow's short life left behind a long legacy" written by Stephen Whitty/ The Star-Ledger on Sunday, 6 March 2011]
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• • Photo: • • Mae West • • Will Hays, censor, in 1933 • •
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