Friday, September 23, 2011

Mae West: The Sole of Warhol

Production on the motion picture "Myra Breckinridge" began in September — — on 23 September 1969 — — and MAE WEST received top billing. Her character became "Leticia" Van Allen after the movie queen objected to the spelling "Letitia." Production would be concluded the following year on 26 February 1970. Helming the cinema version of Gore Vidal's satirical novel (written in the form of a diary) was the hip and cool Brit director Michael Sarne. It says something about the reading habits and the peculiar taste of adults during 1968 who made this book a bestseller, does it not? No "Best Picture" nomination for "Myra" crowned Vidal's achievement.
• • On 23 September 2011 • •
• • El Segundo means "the second" — — as in second chance. If you are near El Segundo, California today, grab your second opportunity to enjoy Mae West in "Go West Young Man" at 140 Richmond Street this evening. The film repeats tomorrow.
• • On 23 September 1933 • •
• • The publisher and founder of Variety frequently aimed his spite and malice at Mae West. Let's take a moment to remember Sime Silverman [19 May 1873 — 23 September 1933] on the day his sharp-pointed pen was laid to rest.
• • Mae West's High-Button Shoes on Thursday, 23 September 1999 • •
• • Andy Warhol came to associate footwear with his heightened success. At the Gagosian Gallery on Madison Avenue in Manhattan, Warhol exhibited an acclaimed series of drawings wherein each shoe was nicknamed for a celebrity — — Mae West, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Truman Capote, and James Dean. "By the end of the 1950s, the shoe was Warhol's most prominent personal claim to fame as well as his symbol for the sexiness, glamour, and magic of the stardom that he adored," stated the exhibition catalog. The opening reception was on Thursday, 23 September 1999. [Andy Warhol, Diamond Dust Shoes, on exhibit from 23 September 1999 — 30 October 1999 in NYC]
• • Mae West on the Newsstand • •
• • If you were paying attention to Photoplay Magazine in 1934, then you spotted the September issue with this bold cover-line: "The Man You Want: Mae West Gives You His Number."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said this: "The score never interested me — — only the game."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • It seems that a Mae West moment wiggled its stealthy way into a motion picture starring macho actor Charles Bronson in the role of Jack Murphy.
• • Mae-maven Bill Landis spotted it. Mr. Landis said: "I was watching an old movie "Murphy's Law" [1986] with Charles Bronson on the Flix network on Sunday [28 August 2011] and much to my surprise when Bronson barged into an apartment there was a poster of Mae West in "Every Day's a Holiday" on the apartment wall!! It was only on the screen for less than a second. If you blinked, then probably you would have missed it. You never know, added Bill Landis, where our gal will show up! . . .
• • Source: Personal Statement from Bill Landis, Mae-maven
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2062nd 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 Leticia in 1970 • •
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