Sunday, October 14, 2012

Mae West: Curvacious

In 1933 a new adjective was bestowed on MAE WEST by a clever Australian film critic.
• • "She's Curvacious" • •
• • Mae West (alias "Diamond Lil" of stage fame) is newest sensation at Hollywood • •
• • Australian Women's Weekly wrote:  Hollywood has found a new sensation. It's Mae West, alias "Diamond Lil." This original young woman is one of the greatest stage successes of recent years, and "Diamond Lil" is the soubriquet by which she is best known. It was in the name part of this play that her stage career reached its zenith. Her first appearance on the screen was in "Night After Night," in which, although she had only a comparatively small part, she stole all the thunder. Her next appearance will be in "She Done Him Wrong," followed by "I'm No Angel," and both these films were written by this amazing girl herself.
• • Australian Women's Weekly added:  She now enjoys conspicuous fame, among so many men and women, to whom world plaudits are something in the nature of a commonplace, by her ability to unite plumpness with sex appeal. Basing her contentions on the fact that fashions have staged a comeback of the modes of 1900, she advocates a figure composed of pleasant curves such as were de rigueur with those fashions. And she herself affords a most striking argument in her own person and the popularity she has achieved. Stars who have followed a rigorous diet and indulged in regular and vigorous daily exercises are filled with dismay when they review all the energy and self-denial that has been expended to no purpose.
• • Source: Article: "She's Curvacious" in Australian Women's Weekly; published on Saturday, 14 October 1933.
• • Henry Creamer [21 June 1879 — 14 October 1930] • •
• • Born in Richmond, Virginia, Henry Creamer was a pop song lyricist. He co-wrote many hits in the years from 1900 — 1929, often collaborating with Turner Layton, with whom he also appeared in vaudeville.
• • In 1918, Henry Creamer wrote the words for the hit "After You've Gone" — — an enduring classic and every major artist has covered it.
• • Mae West performed "After You've Gone" in "Sextette" [1978], a song she fondly remembered from her New York years when she frequented the hottest night spots in Harlem.
• • And on the LP "The Fabulous Mae West," Mae recorded "If I Could Be with You (One Hour Tonight)," a favorite written in 1926 by lyricist Henry Creamer and the black composer and pianist James P. Johnson.  Creamer died on Tuesday, 14 October 1930.
• • On Monday, 14 October 1929 • •
• • This illustration is from a special 1929 "Diamond Lil" Program starring Mae West. The Windsor Theatre on Fordham Road, Bronx, NY began a two-week engagement of the Broadway hit on Monday, 14 October 1929.  That's Jack LaRue embracing Mae.
• • On Saturday, 14 October 1933 • •
• • The review in Film Daily (on page 6) had this title: "Mae West in 'I'm No Angel.'" Film Daily ran it in their issue dated for Saturday, 14 October 1933.  The New York Evening Journal printed their review (on page 8) on 14 October 1933, too. The New York Post ran a glowing piece about Mae on 14 October 1933: "America's sweetheart."
• • On Thursday, 14 October 1937 • •
• • It was Thursday, 14 October 1937 — — and some Californians held an engraved invitation to take tea with Mae West.
• • The opportunity to enjoy afternoon tea prepared by George Rector — — who was being featured in Mae's latest motion picture for Paramount — — was quite the sought after invitation.
• • The event was staged at Major Studios — — 1040 North Las Palmas.
• • On Tuesday, 14 October 1975 • •
• • "Peel Me a Grape, Mae West" by Joseph Weintraub was released in a new UK edition on Tuesday, 14 October 1975.  Joseph Weintraub had first published his slender tome in the USA under a different title.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "When you make the right demands, the studios are delighted."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article on the economy mentioned Mae West.
• • Oprah Magazine wrote: After the stock market crash of 1929, the United States and the world plunged into the Great Depression — unemployment, bread lines, food shortages. A major sex symbol of that era? The voluptuous Mae West. ...
• • Source: Article: "Does a Down Economy Mean Curves" written by staff for Oprah Magazine; published in September 2009
By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2457th 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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