Sunday, December 30, 2012

Mae West: High Priestess

It was on Sunday, 30 December 1934 that the final installment of "The Story of MAE WEST" was published in Singapore.
• • John C. Moffitt, who interviewed the movie queen several times during the 1930s, titled his in-depth piece "The High Priestess of Hokum."
• • It's a long, generous buffet of an article so here is just a tiny tidbit. John C. Moffitt wrote: "She's the high priestess of hokum. That's the best reason for thinking there will always be a place for her in the theatre. ..."
• • Source: Article: "The High Priestess of Hokum" (on page 6) by John C. Moffitt in syndication to The Straits Times; published on Sunday, 30 December 1934.
• • On Monday, 30 December 1912 • •
• • On Monday, 30 December 1912 the singing comedienne was giving a double performance at 7:30 PM and at 11:00 PM at B.F. Keith's Union Square Theatre on Fourteenth Street. Featured on the bill, along with the 19-year-old hopeful, was a great deal of variety. Britain's Laddie Cliff offered new songs and eccentric dances; Phina and company entertained; Alfredo (wandering wizard of the violin) played; Asaki presented his juggling act, so popular in Japan; and gymnasts Lydia and Albino did . . . something.
• • On Saturday, 30 December 1933 • •
• • Picturegoer, a British publication sold in movie houses, ran a three part series: "Making Love to Mae West." The first installment ran on 10 December 1933, it continued on Saturday, 30 December 1993, and the final portion appeared on 6 January 1934.
• • Cary Grant's byline appeared. The actor either wrote it or (perhaps) merely signed it.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Sex in grandma's day was always quaint."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article on the lore and allure of the handkerchief mentioned Mae West.
• • Writing from Edmonton, Canada, Jana G. Pruden explained: During her trial on obscenity charges in 1927, actress and sex symbol Mae West stuffed a hanky (black, because she was in mourning for her mother) into her mouth to keep from laughing at a police officer’s testimony. ...
• • Source: Article: "Hanky’s long blown image begins comeback" written by Jana G. Pruden for The Edmonton Journal; published on Friday, 30 December 2011
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2531st 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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