Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Mae West: Hollywood Peignoir

People Magazine mentioned MAE WEST in an article from their weekly issue dated on 27 March 1991. In "Hollywood Confidential," their staffwriters informed us of this: "For connoisseurs of the subject [of lingerie], Mae West's peignoir and Phyllis Diller's training bra are in the permanent collection of the Frederick's of Hollywood Museum at 6608 Hollywood."
• • Mae West on the cover of Theatre Arts • •
• • Here's Mae looking saucy on the front of Theatre Arts Magazine's issue for March 1950, when she was touring in "Diamond Lil."
• • Billy Wilder wanted Mae West • •
• • Since it is March 27th, Gloria Swanson and Billy Wilder both come to mind. You will soon see a curious coincidence that no one seems to have noticed before.
• • Billy Wilder [22 June 1906 — 27 March 2002] was an Austro-Hungarian born American filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, artist, and journalist.
• • Billy Wilder died in Los Angeles of pneumonia after battling health problems, including cancer in the month of March — — on Wednesday, 27 March 2002. He was 95.
• • "Sunset Boulevard" is a 1950 American film noir directed and co-written by Billy Wilder, and produced and co-written by Charles Brackett. According to Brackett, he and Wilder never considered anyone except Gloria Swanson for the role of Norma Desmond. But Billy Wilder recalled that his first choice for the leads were Mae West and Marlon Brando, though he never approached either one with an offer.
• • Gloria Swanson [27 March 1899 — 4 April 1983] • •
• • Actress Gloria Swanson was born in Chicago in the month of March — — on Monday, 27 March 1899. Gloria Swanson is best remembered for her role as Norma Desmond, a faded silent film star, in the critically acclaimed film "Sunset Boulevard" [1950].
• • On Monday, 27 March 1989 • •
• • Published on Monday, 27 March 1989 was Carol Ward's fascinating book "Mae West: A Bio-bibliography" [Greenwood Press, 241 pages]. Ward's chapters include a biography, an examination of the art of Mae West, and a bibliographical checklist of key Mae West sources. One of her helpful sections summarizes and partially reprints several early interviews, spanning many years and quoting liberally — — including the full texts of interviews by Ruth Biery and George Christy. Ward's "Bibliographical Essay" evaluates and surveys works by and about Mae West, including Fergus Cashin's snarky, highly suspect "Mae West" (1981), with his dopey insinuations about "indeterminate sex" and female impersonation, and also George Eells and Stanley Musgrove's readable "Mae West" (1982), a biography that debunks certain myths and appreciates the subject but lacks cited sources. Carol Ward's bibliography explores Mae West's talents as an author, summarizing the plays and books she wrote and investigating the validity of those claims. A wonderful book for every Mae maven.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Regarding W.C. Fields, Mae West said: "My only doubts about him come in bottles."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about nasty film reviews mentioned Mae West.
• • Richard Burnett writes: Of his experience co-starring in that 1970 camp-classic train wreck of a movie, "Myra Breckinridge," based on Gore Vidal’s novel, columnist Rex Reed says, “Mae West spoke to no one but God, Raquel [Welch] spoke only to the head of the studio, the head of the studio spoke only to God, who then related the message back to Mae West.” . . .
• • Source: Article: "On the Town with Bugs" written by Richard Burnett for The Charlebois Post, Canada; posted on 26 February 2012
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article on film actresses and vamps mentioned Mae West.
• • Times Union staff writes: NOT EVIL: Mae West in "She Done Him Wrong" (1933). Only in a period of mental health with regard to sex could a character like Mae West arrive — — a vision of female strength and good humor, who, in her films, bragged of having many lovers. In 1915, she would have been presented as an evil vamp — — in 1933, she was a comic heroine. ...
• • Source: Pictorial: "The Evil Beauties of Cinema" written by Times Union staff for Albany Times Union; posted on 21 March 2012
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2251st 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.
• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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