Thursday, November 08, 2012

Mae West: Romantic Antics

It was Sunday, 8 November 1936 and MAE WEST was in the newspaper as an advice columnist. "Five Letters to the Lovelorn by Hollywood's Foremost Bachelor Girl" was the headline that appeared, in syndication, to local dailies — — such as the Port Arthur News, who carried this feature on page 33.
• • Readers were assured that, when considering these matters, "Mae West put her heart in the role of counselor on romantic matters." Moreover, "Even though the movie star is married only to her career and is quite famous as Hollywood's bachelorette, Mae's deft handling of romantic problems on the horizon make her an expert on love to thousands of her fans."  This Sunday's offering was to be the first installment in a series of "six articles prepared exclusively for The News and NEA in which Mae West set forth the answers to typical letters from her daily mailbag."
• • For Port Arthur News subscribers, Mae West wrote: Every day my mail is full of questions people want answered about their love problems. Since my fans figure I'm an expert on these matters, I wouldn't want to disappoint where romance is concerned.    Now just this other day, for example, I got a letter from J.S., a young girl. She is puzzled about the opposite sex and why she can't get the boyfriend she wants. She has a lot of nice guys in her neighborhood who flirt with her she but then this one fellow won't give her a tumble. She admits she's tried hard to be attractive to him but he just gives her the go-by.
• • Mae West continued: Dear J.S., since you've asked me, I'd say you're tryin' too hard. It's a bit difficult to do this but you've got to make a man think he's makin' the play for you, even if he isn't — — if you get what I mean. Let him talk about subjects he's interested in.  Let him think he's the hunter. He'll get all enthusiastic and pretty soon your predicament will be solved.  You see, it's easy that way to attract a fellow. You can get most men that way but maybe you don't always want 'em after you've got 'ern. — Mae West.
• • Mae West also replied to questions from gentlemen seeking advice.  So much fun.
• • Robert Homans [8 November 1877 — 28 July 1947] • •
• • Mae West starred in "She Done Him Wrong" and Robert Homans was seen as Doheney.
• • Born on Thursday, 8 November 1877 in Malden, Massachusetts, Robert Edward Homans was raised by down-to-earth native New Englanders but the crazy acting bug bit him anyway.  Cast in a silent film in 1917, the five-foot-eleven performer decided to pursue a screen career. Between 1923 — 1946 he racked up 385 featured appearances. His height and very serious look made him a natural for bit parts of uniformed men such as a fire chief, doorman, sailor, policeman, detective, and assorted lawmen and judges. A useful skill was his ability to affect an Irish brogue and he was kept busy working on one picture or another until he was 69 years old.
• • Robert Edward Homans died of a heart attack on Monday, 28 July 1947 at the Motion Picture Country House in Los Angeles where he had been residing.  He was 69.
• • On Sunday, 8 November 1931 in Brooklyn • •
• • The Brooklyn Daily Eagle recalled in its archives that on Sunday, 8 November 1931 Mae West performed her play "The Constant Sinner" in Brooklyn's Majestic Theatre.
• • On Wednesday, 8 November 1933 • •
• • On page 2 of The Cornell Daily Sun, Volume 54, Number 39, on 8 November 1933 readers saw an ad that announced "Starting Sunday — Mae West in "I'm No Angel" — "Come Up Some Time!"
• • On Wednesday, 8 November 1933 • •
• • On Wednesday, 8 November 1933 William Troy's article "Mae West and the Classic Tradition" was published on page 548 of The Nation.
• • On Saturday, 8 November 1969 in Los Angeles • •
• • Stanley Musgrove's diary on 8 November 1969 noted his assistance to Mae West as she revised her part for "Myra Breckinridge" and fleshed out her character.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Half-starved women can’t have no life in them any more than a half-starved dog."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article published in 1930 mentioned Mae West who did NOT star in "Pleasure Man."
• • The International Herald Tribune wrote: NEW YORK —  Mae West, star of ''Pleasure Man'' (sic), and eleven co-defendants of the cast were placed on trial in General Sessions court today [March 20], on charges of producing an ''indecent, immoral, improper and obscene'' play. ...
• • Source: News Item for The International Herald Tribune; published on Friday, 21 March 1930
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1 comment:

  1. R. Mark Desjardins12:26 PM

    I had a good laugh over Mae West's comment, " You can get most men that way but maybe you don't always want 'em after you've got 'em."
    Isn't there an old saying that goes "More tears are shed over answered prayers than not." Mind you, Mae West wasn't one to shed tears over anything, at least not publicly!