Monday, August 27, 2012

Mae West: Measuring Up

MAE WEST was featured in an American newspaper in August 1935 — — and one paragraph gave her measurements.  Her fans wanted to know absolutely everything about her, inch by inch.
• • The reporter wrote: The popular idea of most movie goers is that Mae West is both large and heavy.  A letter from her manager says that her actual measurements are as follows: "Height, 5 feet, 2 inches; weight 116 pounds; dress size 18; shoes 4 1/2C; gloves 6 1/4; hats 21 1/2 — 22." It is said that Miss West is heavily padded in many of her pictures to produce the impression that she is heavy.  This notion is furthered also by the angles at which the pictures of her are taken by the cameramen. [Quote, unquote.]
• • This is a rather startling statement, is it not?
• • Samuel S. Shubert [27 August 1878 — 13 May 1905] • •
• • Born in Neustadt, Poland during the month of August — — on Tuesday, 27 August 1878 — — Samuel S. Shubert emigrated to America with his parents and siblings and was raised in Syracuse, New York.
• • Due to his father's alcoholism and chronic unemployment, young Sammy was a shoeshine boy who snagged better wages indoors at the Grand Opera House, where he sold souvenir programs and helmed the box office. He was promoted to assistant treasurer at the Wieting Theatre, the pride of Syracuse. Thinking big, Sam Shubert decided to focus on producing stage plays. With borrowed financing, he set out with his two brothers to operate playhouses in upstate New York, and then expand into midtown Manhattan.
• • During May 1905, as Sam Shubert was traveling to Pittsburgh on business, the passenger train he was on collided. Severely injured in the wreck, 26-year-old Sam Shubert succumbed two days later on 13 May 1905. His body was returned to Manhattan for burial in the Salem Fields Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY.
• • In 1913, Sam Shubert's brothers opened a prestigious new venue at 225 West 44th Street, in the heart of the bustling Broadway theatre district, which was named in his honor. Mae West enjoyed many bookings there starting with "Sometime."
• • On Monday, 27 August 1934 • •
• • Film Daily wrote: About $15,000 in presents was passed around by Mae West to those who helped in the retakes of her new Paramount picture, "Belle of the Nineties."
• • Source: Article: "Mae West Plays Santa Claus'' written by the West Coast Bureau of The Film Daily, Hollywood, for Film Daily; published on 27 August 1934. 
• • The L.A. Times printed a similar item on Monday, 27 August 1934.
• • On Friday, 27 August 1976 • •
• • The Times Sunday Review interviewed people who knew Mae West. The actress had attended the theatre with friends and after the show they asked what she thought of it. And Mae had replied: "I kept concentrating on making my mind wander. It [the play] made me realize there's less to life than sex."
• • Source: The Times Sunday Review published in the UK on Friday, 27 August 1976.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Men are my hobby. If I ever got married, I'd have to give it up.”
• • Mae West said: "I told them — — you can't take white people and play black music."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A write-up on Gracie Allen mentioned Mae West.
• • A movie buff wrote:  Gracie Allen declined only one photo session request in her career, when she was asked to pose outside a mental hospital; husband George Burns compared this to having Mae West pose outside a brothel. ...
• • Source: IMDB written by anonymous 
By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2408th 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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1 comment:

  1. Anonymous9:39 AM

    Not a comment but a story which I would love to be able to verify. I have in my possession, two kerosene, glass lamps which carry a story with them. The first, and probably, not true is that this lamp with the rounded and bulging oil font, slender stem and flared, round foot was made to resemble Mae West. The other story, which I find easier to believe is that the lamp was an effort to modernize kerosene lamps in the very early 1900's and that people saw the resemblance and began calling it the Mae West Lamp. I hope a fan out there will have heard this and can verify or refute it. Very interesting woman, equally interesting blog.