Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Mae West: Welfare Island Exit

MAE WEST was the inspiration for a sofa — — but, hey, move over, Dali.
• • In case you think, at a glance, that this is another view of Salvador Dali's Mae West Lips Sofa, look again. This is a colorized scanning electron microscope image of a diatom — — a tiny single-celled marine creature invisible to the naked eye. A type of algae, diatoms typically measure just 0.002 inches across. Scientists believe that diatoms pre-date the dinosaurs. Artist Faye Darling has used a digital paint program in order to colorize this image of a diatom.
• • Photo Credit: Dr. Paul Hargreaves and Faye Darling — —
• • 27 April 1927 • •
• • On 20 April 1927 the headlines read: "Mae West Goes to Workhouse to Start Sentence" and the subhead explained further: Actress-Author of "Sex" Taken to Welfare Island With Two Negresses. The Women's Workhouse on Welfare Island was self-described as a "place of quiet reformatory meditation for the vicious." When Mae West was released on 27 April 1927, her beloved mother was there to escort her home along with Mae's younger siblings John and Beverly.
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• • Brad Darrach writes: By 1930 he was playing leads on Broadway, and in 1932 Paramount signed him to a five-year contract at $450 a week and changed his name to Cary Grant. In a year Cary Grant did bit parts in seven movies. Then one day Mae West got an eyeful of his sultry good looks. "If he can talk," she's supposed to have said, "I'll take him." Cary Grant disliked the woman, but "She Done Him Wrong" made him faintly famous as the hunk she hooked with a notorious (and frequently misquoted) line: "Why dontcha come up sometime and see me?" Topper (1937) made him a star. ...
• • Source: Flashback Column: "Cary Grant Remembered" by Brad Darrach for People Magazine; written 15 December 1986; reposted on 27 April 2011
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• • Mae West was one of the first in Hollywood to defy gender roles. ...
• • Source: Photo Caption used to illustrate the article "BU Film Students Make Strides in Defying Hollywood Gender Roles" by Veronica Glab for BU Quad; posted on 24 April 2011
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• • Jonathan Berr starts his article with this sentence: State legislators are going to be tempted to follow the dictate of that fiscal expert Mae West who famously opined that “too much of a good thing is wonderful.” Of course, the film star wasn’t talking about state budgets, but many states may soon be tempted to follow her advice as the economy continues to rebound. ...
• • Source: Daily Austerity Watch: "The States’ Tax Dilemma" written by Jonathan Berr for 24/7 Wall St.; posted on 19 April 2011
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• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004.
You are reading the 1913th 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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