Thursday, October 04, 2012

Mae West: Shyness

The headline in Singapore read "Shy MAE WEST!" on Saturday, 4 October 1947.
• • British correspondent Cecil Wilson wrote: Mae West, in London to play "Diamond Lil," was "on show" at the Savoy Hotel for newspapermen.  And she put on the performance of her life to give them the Mae West they know on the screen.
• • Cecil Wilson explained: Pressmen, BBC men, agents, managers. and all those people who follow celebrities around surged to meet her.  And all came away saying: "Isn't she quiet?" and "What has happened to those curves?"
• • "Nearest thing to shyness ..." • •
• • Cecil Wilson continued: For catch 57-year-old Mae West in repose and you find her almost a demure little thing with an almost svelte figure. She wore a simple black georgette dress with diamante trimmings.  She talked in a tiny husky voice and answered all the silly questions with a sly, gentle smile.  It was the nearest thing to shyness I have ever seen in a Hollywood star.
• • Cecil Wilson added: But Mae West, with reporters and photographers jostling round her seeking the wisecrack and the "come hither" look, had good value.  She put on just the act they wanted. ...
• • Source: "Shy Mae West!" written by Cecil Wilson for The Singapore Free Press (on page 2); published on Saturday, 4 October 1947.
• • Fergus Cashin [1924 — 4 October 2005] • •
• • Fergus Cashin's highly suspect bio on Mae West was released in paperback by Virgin Books on Thursday, 17 June 1982.  Before you try to find it, however, read the review by Kirkus, which slams it and explains why.
• • Lacking footnotes and spiked with peculiar points, Cashin's biography makes you wonder what standards a British book publisher has before they accept a manuscript.
• • Born in Wales in 1924, Fergus Cashin, who worked for the Daily Express, Daily Sketch, and The Sun, died at a hospice in Surrey, England on Tuesday, 4 October 2005.  He was 81.
• • On Friday, 4 October 1918 • •
• • .It was ninety-four years ago this October — — when 25-year-old Mae West was cast in a show produced by Arthur Hammerstein: "Sometime." Her character was Mayme Dean.  Mae received top billing in the musical's review by The New York Times (published on Saturday, 5 October 1918).
• • This musical, which opened at the Shubert Theatre [225 West 44th Street, NYC] on 4 October 1918, closed in June 1919, after running for 283 performances.
• • On Friday, 4 October 1935 • •
• • The iconic Raffles Hotel presented the entertainers Lorrison and Cody on Friday night,  4 October 1935.  This comedy pair specialized in "song, dance, and Mae West parodies." The display ad was printed in The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (on page 1) on Friday, 4 October 1935.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Tired of all those jokes about my figure and my man talk? No,  If people expect me to be the same off-stage — — why I call that flattery."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about vocational guidance mentioned Mae West.
• • Carl L. Bedal wrote:  A feature article in the April 18th issue of Life magazine stated, "At the age of 75, Mae West is about to have a renaissance." For those of you who are too young to remember Miss West, I would hasten to add that she publicized sex both literally and figuratively in her movies of the thirties. And now Mae West is making a comeback. In the "making" are a TV special, an LP record, and a new movie. In somewhat similar fashion, vocational guidance is making a comeback ...
• • Source: Article: "The Renaissance.of Vocational Guidance" written by Carl L. Bedal  for Canadian Counsellor; published in October 1969
By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2447th 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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