Thursday, January 10, 2013

Mae West: Taxation

How much of her earnings did MAE WEST keep in actuality? When the government stuck its hand in her pocketbook, how far did Uncle Sam go? The cuts were quite steep, according to an article printed in January 1937.
• • Headline: "Film Stars' Salaries — Taxation Heavier Now Than Ever"
• • Hollywood, 11 January 1937. Despite the great size of annual salaries, cinema stars are receiving the lowest pay in the history of the films, due to the combination of a lower standard of salaries compared with 20 years ago, and federal and state taxes amounting to from 50 to 80 percent. Mary Pickford received 1,300,000 dollars in 1916, and was only slightly taxed, while Mae West, on a 1935 salary of 480,S33 dollars, netted approximately 155,000 dollars after the deduction of federal taxation (234,000 dollars) and the Californian taxation of 50,000 dollars. Taxation reduced Marlene Dietrich's 363,000 dollars to 100,000, and Bing Crosby's 300,000 to 95,000.
• • Source: The Examiner (Australia); published on Tuesday, 12 January 1937
• • On Thursday, 10 January 1935 in Los Angeles • •
• • A newspaper gossip column reported on Thursday, 10 January 1935 that actress Lyda Roberti [1906 — 1938] lives in the same apartment building as Mae West, George Burns and Gracie Allen, George Raft, and Ida Lupino. The Ravenswood at 570 North Rossmore was the address, of course.
• • On Saturday, 10 January 2004 in Australia • •
• • In Australia, ABC Television broadcast this show: "Living Famously: Mae West" at 7:30pm on Saturday, 10 January 2004. ABC noted: "The life and career of Hollywood legend Mae West, a one woman sexual revolution who dominated stage and screen in the 1920s and 30s with her sex goddess looks, innuendoes and rapier wit." No doubt the TV program was completely a-Mae-zing.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "When I'm not working on a picture, I get up about 11:30 AM."
• • Mae West said: "Prize fights are my chief form of relaxation. Watching boys in action takes my mind off the studio and business problems."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article in Australia mentioned Mae West.
• • While making "Personal Appearance," Mae West made sure that, when she had to punch Warren William, she made a good job of it. She invited four of her "fighting" friends to watch her work — — then asked them to show her how it should be done. Bravo, Mae! ...
• • Source: Item: "Hello, Hollywood! What's Going On Over There?" printed in Sunday Times (Perth); published on Sunday, 24 January 1937
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2542nd 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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