Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Mae West: Lubricious

When you need lubrication, do you think of MAE WEST?
• • Damiva, a new brand of personal products for lady-parts whose name is a slang sandwich (half dame and half diva and hold the wry rejoinder), is releasing a campaign by a Canadian agency for a vaginal moisturizer called Mae by Damiva — — named after Mae West. Hmmmmm.
• • James H. Pierce [8 August 1900 — 11 December 1983] • •
• • James Pierce was lucky enough to work with Mae West twice — — as an admirer in "Belle of the Nineties" [1934] and as a cowboy in "Goin' to Town" [1935].
 • • Born in Freedom, Indiana on 8 August 1900, James H. Pierce grew up to be a strapping six-foot-four. He had been an all-American center for Indiana University and graduated in 1921.  He wound up in California and was cast in the silent film "Leatherstocking" [1924] while also coaching football at Glendale High.
• • During a party at Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzana ranch, the author convinced Pierce to play the vine-swinging he-man in "Tarzan and the Golden Lion" [1927].  The following year he wed Joan Burroughs, the author's daughter. From 1932 — 1934, James and Joan were the voices of Tarzan and Jane on national radio; they did 364 15-minute episodes of this serial, which aired in the USA and abroad.
• • Pierce's visibility enabled him to be cast as King Thun the Lion Man in Universal's "Flash Gordon" [1936] but stardom came and went in a flash.  Minor roles were what he got, for the most part, in 80 motion pictures between 1924 — 1951.
• • Joan pre-deceased him. When James Pierce died in Apple Valley, California on Sunday, 11 December 1983, he was buried with his spouse; their monument reads "Tarzan and Jane."  James Pierce lived to be 83.
• • On Monday, 11 December 1939 in Hollywood • •
• • W.C. Fields sent Mae notes and script suggestions. Often these musings did not make it into the "My Little Chickadee" script.
• • In a note dated Monday, 11 December 1939 — — Dressing Room, Fields wrote:
• • Dear Mae, Eddie [Sutherland] told me that you asked him if I had any suggestions for the finish. This is it. The finish leaves us just the two of us at the end of the picture with no attempts at comedy or wise cracks from either of us. I think it will leave a nice human, homey feeling in the audience's mind. . . .
• • However, this vague, unfunny conclusion Fields sketched out was rather toothless and too wispy to be used. Wiser heads prevailed.
• • On Saturday, 11 December 1943 • •
• • The hard-working soldiers of the 63rd Infantry were treated to American entertainment in the evenings. The film screened for the military men and women on Saturday evening, 11 December 1943 at 18:45 (6:45 pm) was "The Heat's On" starring Mae West. Va-voom.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I learned that one man was about the same as another. I learned to take 'em for what they were."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about photographers mentioned Mae West.
• • Joseph Cotto wrote: Throughout almost half a century behind the camera, he has taken photos of movie stars like Mae West, singers such as Barbra Streisand, ...
• • Source: Article: "Allan Warren's camera captured celebrities and royalty" written by Joseph Cotto for the Washington Times; published on Monday, 26 November 2012
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2512th 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. Can't say that I do....Hmmm I find it rather odd but I'm sure Mae would be flattered...Or would she?