Saturday, May 28, 2011

Mae West: More May Days

In May 1968 MAE WEST was interviewed by news man Bob Thomas for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, and his article wore this title: "When Glamour Girls Meet." Mae was 74 going on 75 at the time he spoke to her.
• • Hollywood Studio, May 1980 • •
• • Wearing her striking black and white costume for her character Leticia in Myra Breckinridge, Mae West appeared on the cover and also inside the May 1980 issue. "Why Blondes Have More Fun" seems to be a very peculiar cover line. Since Lana Turner's life was forever changed by the homicide of her gangster lover Johnny Stompanto in 1958, I wonder how much fun she was really having years later. And, of course, Marilyn Monroe had died in 1962, well before this magazine would hit the news stands.
• • Coo Coo about Mae and Mel • •
• • A Mae West figure often appeared in animated shorts during the 1930s. For example, "Coo Coo Nut Grove" (1936) WB Cartoon — — features a caricature of Mae West along with other stars: Jean Harlow, Bette Davis, Joe E. Brown, Hugh Herbert, W.C. Fields, Clark Gable, Groucho and Harpo Marx, Johnny Weissmuller, Lionel and John Barrymore, Laurel and Hardy, Edward G. Robinson, Fred Astaire, and George Raft. Voice actor Mel Blanc, “The Man of a Thousand Voices,” did many of the voice-overs required by Warner Brothers' scripts.
• • The Secret Society will celebrate Mel Blanc's birthday at 7 o'clock on Tuesday evening, 31 May 2011 in Portland, Oregon. The event is called "Radio Daze: Hollywood Behind The Microphone" and there will be free cake for all.
• • After Dark Magazine, May 1977 • •
• • In the late 1970s Patrick Pacheco took over the editorship of After Dark Magazine and tried to boost the iron content with more red-blooded interviews. In the May 1977 issue, Patrick Pacheco's article on Mae West was printed. The title was: "Ladies and Gentlemen — The Lady, the Lions, and Her Amazing 'Sextette'!"
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: “When a girl goes wrong, men go right after her.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • DVD Talk columnist Neil Lumbard writes: The depression of the economy led to new challenges in drawing out audiences, but audiences responded favorably towards such stars as James Cagney, Katharine Hepburn, Shirley Temple, Mae West, and the Marx Brothers. Audiences went to the movies to escape from the dim and disturbing realities faced on a daily basis. ...
• • Source: DVD Review: "Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood" written by Neil Lumbard for DVD Talk; posted on 24 May 2011
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 1944th 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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• • Photo: • • Mae West • • as she looked in 1970 • •
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