Saturday, August 25, 2012

Mae West: Answers

The August 1933 issue of Motion Picture published the article "MAE WEST Answers Your Questions." 
• • Giving her own definition of sex appeal to a fan, Mae replied that sex appeal was not about physical charms but rather "the radiation of an attractive personality."
• • Reporter Eric Ergenbright assembled the questions sent in by subscribers and Mae tackled them. People wanted to know what toothpaste the movie queen used, how she handled certain situations with men, and so on.
• • What question would you like to ask Mae West?
• • James C. Morton [25 August 1884 — 24 October 1942] • •
• • Short-tempered policemen, court officers, and judges were not some of the Brooklyn bombshell's favorite folks. But James C. Morton had been cast as all of them during his long silver screen career. In his modest role as an 1890s bartender, James C. Morton had appeared with Mae in "Every Day's a Holiday" [released in the USA on 18 December 1937].
• • Born in Helena, Montana in the month of August — — on Monday, 25 August 1884 — — the balding character actor often worked for Hal Roach and, typically, he was the the butt of shenanigans by such comics as The Little Rascals, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, The Three Stooges. As Mae did, he had worked with W.C. Fields.
• • James C. Morton died on 24 October 1942 in Reseda, California.
• • Regis Philbin born on Tuesday, 25 August 1931 • •
• • How many remember when Regis came up to see Mae West in "Sextette"?
• • Native New Yorker Regis Philbin was born in August — — on Tuesday, 25 August 1931. As with Mae West, Regis claims Irish descent on his father's side.
• • Celebrating his 81st birthday today, Regis Philbin — — who has been a TV-talk show host, game-show host, singer, author, and TV personality — — is sure to have a big cake.
• • On Sunday, 25 August 1912 in Brooklyn • •
• • Mae West was seen on the stage of the New Brighton Theatre in Brooklyn's Coney Island area on 25 August 1912. The New Brighton always booked top tier vaudeville acts.
• • On Saturday, 25 August 1934 — "dripping with orchids" • •
• • Louella Parsons wrote:  Snapshots of Hollywood collected at random: . . . Mae West, dripping with orchids, in a ringside seat with her boy friend, Jim Timony;  B. P. Schulberg and Sylvia Sidney on the other side of the ring; Roger Pryor and Ann Sothern, Adela Rogers and the new boy friend, Enzo Fiermonte, Raoul Walsh, Adolph Zukor and dozens of other film celebrities, watching these bouts;  ...
• • Source: Gossip Column written by Louella Parsons for The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; published on Saturday, 25 August 1934.
• • On Monday, 25 August 1980 • •
• • Mae West and Paul Novak checked into Good Samaritan Hospital on 10 August 1980 (after Mae had fallen out of bed and was diagnosed as having suffered a minor stroke). To avoid media scrutiny, the Los Angeles couple had registered as Gloria and Paul Drake. Though Mae had expected to be discharged on 25 August 1980, she was being kept there.  Mae's condition was not improving, alas. Things were not looking rosy.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Don't you see how my life is?  I gotta top myself in my pictures and I gotta watch myself in everything else. My private life has gotta be a model."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article on a recent book mentioned Mae West.
• • Kate Webb wrote: Rowbotham's new book, "Dreamers of a New Day: Women who Invented the Twentieth Century," is the culmination of this lifelong passion, exploring a half-century of women’s thinking and activity between 1880 and 1930, designed to revolutionise that most stubborn and immutable of things – daily life.
• • What’s interesting and a little surprising is not just the variety of women here — —  from Eleanor Marx to Mae West — — but how all of them, even the Victorians, appear so contemporary.  ...
• • Source: Review: "Dreamers of a New Day: Women Who Invented the Twentieth Century by Sheila Rowbotham" reviewed by Kate Webb for Camden New Journal; published on Thursday, 25 August 2011
By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2406th 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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• • Mae West • 1933
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