Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Mae West: Nude Ridicule

An artist created a nude female figure and attached the name of MAE WEST to it. Hmmm.
• • Not wishing to get in trouble with Blogger, we cropped the full-length image that you see on this post. The original, which shows nipples, pubic hair, and all, is being offered at present on a few auction sites. Perhaps the painter is used to seeing ladies with silicone breast implants (and not many natural bustlines) and that explains why the chest looks peculiar.  Maybe Kim Kardashian would disagree about what appears to be natural.  Ya think?
• • Mae West had several nude statuettes and paintings in her residence. She was not ashamed of nudity.  But it is very likely that her own breasts in the flesh looked a lot better than this rendering. (You can also find copies on parody sites. Those parodies are hilarious. Along with the rhymes about Mae West's bust.)
• • Margaret Hamilton [9 December 1902 — 16 May 1985] • •
• • Severe looking and sharp featured, Margaret Hamilton was born in Cleveland, Ohio on 9 December 1902. In "My Little Chickadee," Margaret Hamilton played the role of prudish Mrs. Gideon, who faints on the train when Flower Belle Lee, Mae's character, pulls out two guns.
• • Then there is a memorable scene with Cuthbert J. Twillie [W. C. Fields] who is told that there is nothing good about Flower Belle Lee by the holier-than-thou Mrs. Gideon, the town gossip, and he responds: "I can see what's good. Tell me the rest!"
• • The American actress, best known for her terrifying portrayal of The Wicked Witch of the West in "The Wizard of Oz" [1939], died in May — — on 16 May 1985. She was 82.
• • On Thursday, 16 May 1946 • •
• • The stage play "Ring Twice Tonight" opened in Long Beach, California on Thursday, 16 May 1946 before moving forward on its cross-country tour. The title was changed and became "Come On Up."
• • On Monday, 16 May 1966 • •
• • It was on 9 April 1974 that young Janet Damita Jo Jackson [born in Indiana on Monday, 16 May 1966] stepped onstage dressed as Mae West. The little girl was making her public debut performance at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas with the better-known members of her singing family. The eight-year-old rehearsed with her brother Michael, who gave her tips about Mae West's persona and intonations.  Happy Birthday, Janet.
• • On Monday, 16 May 2011 • •
• • Gary A. Warner writes: The Sahara Hotel and Casino, which dates to the days of Frank Sinatra's "Rat Pack" and has featured the likes of Mae West and Marlene Dietrich in its showrooms, will close on Monday, 16 May 2011.
• • Gary A. Warner adds: Hotel officials said ownership was considering its options on whether to re-brand the hotel or redevelop the aging property. ... [Source: "Sahara hotel in Las Vegas to close in May" written by Gary A. Warner, Register Travel Editor, for The Orange County Register; posted 11 March 2011].
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I've been things and seen places." 
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An obituary mentioned Mae West.
• • Hartford Courant wrote: Margaret "Peggy'' (Loftus) Keene, 87, of Canton, beloved wife of Michael Keene for over 66 years, peacefully passed away Wednesday, May 12, 2004. Born and raised in New York City, Peggy was a former fashion model with the John Roberts Powers agency for several years. In the early 1950's she decided to pursue a career on the New York City stage, joining her husband, Michael, an established Broadway actor, in the production of "Diamond Lil'' starring Mae West. The show went on tour to many major cities in the United States.   ...
• • Source: Obituary for The Hartford Courant; published on 16 May 2004 
By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2302nd 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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