Sunday, April 22, 2012

Mae West: Vienna Opposes

"Vienna Opposes MAE WEST" was a headline in The Hollywood Reporter during April 1934.
• • Here is the news item datelined Vienna — The showing of Mae West's "She Done Him Wrong" here resulted in powerful propaganda by the leading Government organs to ban all Mae West pictures from Austria.
• • Later during April 1934, a follow-up bit appeared: "Mae West Causes Censorship in Austria."  Vienna — Due principally to the flood of public protest against the Mae West picture, "She Done Him Wrong," censorship is slated to be introduced in Austria, it is reliably reported. Official announcement has not yet been made.
• • On Sunday, 22 April 1928 in The N.Y. Times • •
• • On Sunday, 22 April 1928, The New York Times was purring about Mae West. On the theatre page was an announcement that "Diamond Lil" was the most prosperous of all the recent stage productions. Broadway backers paid attention, noticing that Mae had given the Royale Theatre its first hit — — a non-musical, no less.
• • Sold on Friday, 22 April 1994 • •
• • The silver gelatin print "Mae West and Adoring Musclemen" by Dean Loomis was sold at an auction held at Swann Galleries on Friday, 22 April 1994. Someone at this NYC auction house misdated the original as 1961 when this photo was clearly taken six years earlier.  Tsk.
• • Mae West in "American Women" • •
• • Colorful images of Mae West were included in the exhibition "American Women! A Celebration of Our History" held from 22 April 2000 — 29 October  2000 at the Hoover Library-Museum.
• • On Tuesday, 22 April 2008 • •
• • It was on Tuesday,  22 April 2008, that the DVD  "Mae West — The Glamour Collection" was released for sale.
• •  "Way Out West" in Germany • •
• • The first day of the "Way Out West" exhibit was on 22 April 2010. Artist Rita McBride’s exhibition “Way Out West” showed various works created in the context of her sculpture project “Mae West” at Galerie Clages, Cologne, Germany.
• • "Go Mae West, Young Man" • •
• • The West Coast debut of Rene Ricard is a solo exhibit entitled "Go Mae West, Young Man."  This opened in Los Angeles on 19 April 2012.  His solo show of paintings will be on view until 27 May 2012  at a gallery owned by his dealer Vito Schnabel [8458 Melrose Place, Los Angeles].
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said (about the police testimony during her NYC trial in March 1927): "It's all a lot of strudel."
• • Mae West said:  "I never walk when I can ride, and when I ride it won't be with you." [movie dialogue for Cleo Borden in "Goin' to Town"]
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• •  An article in The Pacific Sun mentioned Mae West.
• • David Templeton wrote: "And one of those things I do just happens to be impressions. I do Liberace. I do Jimmy Stewart. I do Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich. I do Mae West, which people seem to really enjoy, because when I do Mae West I get to say some very funny things," says Debbie Reynolds.
• • "Such as?" I ask.
• • Debbie Reynolds pauses a split second.  "'Sex,'" she says, "'is like air. It doesn't seem important until you're not getting any.' That's an old one, but it's still funny."   . . .
• • Source: Interview: "Talking Pictures: The unsinkable Debbie Reynolds" written by David Templeton for The Pacific Sun; published on  19 April 2012
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2278th 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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